Stuck for ideas for your special gift this Christmas? John Lewis has the answer- read on Black Friday incites many reactions. Some people love it, some hate it, but one thing’s for sure. It definitely puts the “shopping” in shopping season. So where did this shopping holiday tradition come from? The term “Black Friday”dates back to the 1960s and got its name from the traditional way stores used to track profit. Accounting records were kept by hand and red ink traditionally indicated a loss, while black meant the store had turned a profit, hence the name “Black Friday.” Though the name may have been coined in the 60s, it turns out Black Friday has been an unofficial holiday since as far back as 1924, during the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and has been celebrated by savvy shoppers ever since. So how can Black Friday make your life a little easier when it comes to choosing that ideal gift for a loved one or best friend. Here are a few ideas we have put together for you, so you too can make the most of the holiday festivities without getting too stressed out. Something Special For Her this Christmas. Guys […]
The annual John Lewis retail report explores a year’s worth of shopping data to reveal the tastes of the nation. This year’s report includes new sections such as the five products that defined the year and a chapter dedicated to all things well-being. We hope that in years to come, people will turn to our report for a nostalgic glimpse of the trends that shaped the nation’s shopping habits. Here are just a few highlights which defined the last twelve months.
I bought my Canon70d in April 2014 from Camera World in Wells Street London I recently lent it out to a friend and it came back to me with a fault. The rear touchscreen monitor was displaying some hazy pink noise and then suddenly it completely failed and would not power up. I had taken over 9000 images with the camera and up until this point I had not experienced any problems at all. I can thoroughly recommend the 70d as a great camera for both stills and video, the 70d has an excellent auto focusing system which makes it great for fast moving video . Unfortunately the manufacturers 12 month guarantee has now expired and so I will have to pay for the repair. I took the camera into Jessops in Shrewsbury last week and I have now had the news that the repair is going to cost me £228.00 , apparently a circuit needs to be replaced and then the camera also needs a full service. This sounded rather a lot of money but I feel it was worth it as the camera to buy new is still close to £1000. My moto from now on is Don’t […]
This morning we went for a trip to Wolverhampton to pic up the weekly veg. The fruit and veg market is not what it used to be when I was a kid, but then again nothing is these days. We visited the indoor market where we found The Spice Centre to stock up on all the ingredients you need for a curry. We then made our way outside to get some Vegetables from Bradleys, They have been trading in the market for over fifty years. However they are very concerned that when the redevelopment of the indoor market happens there will be very little left of the outdoor fruit and veg market. This problem is not exclusive to Wolverhampton, Markets have been disappearing all over the country , no doubt they are forced out of business when a huge supermarket springs up right next to them as happened here last year when Sainsbury’s opened a new 60 million pound store. Towns like Wolverhampton are suffering up and down the country and the problem is a hard one to solve. The supermarkets have large amounts of cash to invest in deprived areas which can be very tempting for local councils.You have the likes […]
Many of you will have noticed the growing trend for self-service at the supermarket checkouts when you pay for your weekly food shop. It’s something that started to appear many years ago on the petrol garage forecourt. Do you remember the days when you drove your car onto the garage forecourt where you were met by a pump attendant? They would ask you what type fuel you wanted and then after filling up your tank they would give your windscreen a quick wipe and maybe offer to check your water and oil levels. Well those days of customer service have long since gone, we now take self-service for granted and in todays busy times self-serve is often the preferred way for paying for goods and services. I wonder though if this practice is good for us in the long term. There are times when you don’t want to engage too much with the person who is checking taking your payment. There are also days when it frustrates me that I have to engage with a machine that repeatedly yells ‘Unexpected item in the bagging area’. Six months ago in my local supermarket you would see three sales assistants behind the […]
Much has been written lately of the demise of the High Street as a shopping experience and various solutions have been put forward as to how we could save it. Here’s my question, addressed to Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg Does the government actually want to save the High Street? And if so- what plan if any, does the Government have for securing the future of the High Street? The High Street needs a level playing field if it is to compete with online retailers who enjoy vastly reduced operating costs and as we have seen recently with Amazon very dubious tax liabilities. If the High street based retailers are to compete on price then we need to look at ways in which their overheads could be reduced. I know from running businesses myself that one of the greatest costs to the retailer is business rates. May I suggest cutting the burden of Business rates which in some cases are almost as high as the rent? Maybe then we would see a return to the High Street with people actually going out to shops to make their purchases. Here’s an alternative theory for why the […]
The thought of a trip to the dentist when you know there’s going to be bad news is not something I relish but the pain has been so excruciating that I just want to get in the chair and scream ‘’Get this thing out of my mouth’’. I sit down in the chair and press my thumbs against my forefingers and squeeze hard. I’m hoping he can’t read my mind. I know I know, floss in the mornings- floss in the evenings. How many do you smoke sir? Ooh I gave up last week, just after this tooth started giving me gip. (This is me talking to myself of course.) Thankfully my dental technician is not one of those finger-wagging flossers. I think we sorted that one out on my last visit. After all who is paying your wages my good dentured friend? My last memorable extraction was over fifteen years ago and I don’t think I have suffered from having one less tooth in my head but as you get older the thought of losing teeth gets a bit scary. I’m thinking, how will I eat Steak with two teeth missing on the left side of my jaw? […]