Monday, November 26, 2012
Are you gearing up to let your fingers do the walking on Cyber Monday?
Monday, November 26, 2012
Ellicott City residents who didn’t want to brave the crowds on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday still have one more big chance to save courtesy of Cyber Monday. Similar to the two other major shopping events, Cyber Monday differs in that consumers don’t have to leave the comfort of their own homes (or offices) to take advantage of some pretty big pre-holiday deals. All the bargains laid out for Cyber Monday are for online shoppers only. So how can you find the best deals online this Cyber Monday? While most major retailers that have an online presence aren’t tipping their hats on their online deals just yet, many have splash pages set up that they're inviting shoppers to bookmark in advance of the Nov. 26 shopping holiday. Here are …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Which is a bigger threat to local businesses: Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
Small Business Saturday was supposed to be about the little guy – “Shop Small,” the ads implored, suggesting that, for this day at least, shopping at local retailers would “help fuel the economy” while presumably, shopping at large retailers would not. But along Main Street in Ellicott City, several merchants said it wasn’t as zero sum game, and if supporters of Main Streets across the country do have an arch-nemesis, it might actually be the Internet. Not the Internet as a whole, of course, but shopping online. “I shop at Target,” said Dave Carne, owner of the Wine Bin and president of the Ellicott City Business Association. “It employs local people. The managers are local. It pays property taxes.” But with online shopping, he said, “no …
Tips from the FBI on protecting your identity and your money when shopping online.
This holiday season, the FBI reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. According to a release issued by the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction sites at discounted prices, and phishing e-mails advertising brand name merchandise for bargain prices or e-mails promoting the sale of merchandise that ends up being a counterfeit product. Internet criminals post classified ads or auctions for products they do not have. If you receive an auction product from …