Shopping Postings - Page 7
|Earliest: December 13, 2003||Latest: February 21, 2021||Total: 70|
Christmas ShoppingI went to the Cape Cod Mall today, and saw lots of people shopping some of the big deals that were offered by many stores.
I didn't have any problem finding a parking space since I parked over by Sears and had a short walk to the entrance. Areas around Best Buy and the front of the mall were pretty much crowded.
Best Buy had long lines, with about a half hour waiting time. They did have some good deals on hard drives, $30 for a 120GB after a couple of rebates. Almost all the other deals that they offered could be found online.
I heard on the news this morning that the busiest day of the year is the Saturday before Christmas. So I suspect that almost all the deals that were offered today will be repeated again in a few weeks.
Christmas in AugustMassachusetts residents flocked to the stores today to take advantage of the Tax Holiday. I visited several stores, Staples, Microcenter, Apple Store at the Cambridgeside Galleria and CompUSA. All the stores were crowded with people purchasing high ticket items.
One of the reasons that alot of people did shopping was because a major storm is supposed to hit tomorrow. I observed people purchasing the following:
- iPod (I waited in line for 20 minutes to get mine)
- Laptop Computers
- DVD Players
- DVD Burners
- Hard Drives (This seemed to be VERY popular)
- School Supplies The Massachusetts tax holiday rules were simple, anything under $2,500 was tax free. (With some exceptions for cars, gas bills, etc...)
LLBean in the SummerYesterday I drove up to LLBean in Freeport Maine. This is the first time that I can remember being in the store in a warm month. The last time I was there it was at least 40 degrees outside.
If you travel from the Boston area to LLBean via I-95, here's an interesting landmark to looks for: A graveyard by the side of the road. Its unique because the whole road has nothing but trees on both sides of the road. But if you look carefully, shortly after you pass, 'Now entering Kennebunkport,' you should see an old graveyard on the right.
The best time to visit the area on Sunday is sometime after 4pm. There were plenty of parking spaces, and most of the outlets are open till 6pm on Sundays. (LLBean is open 24 hours a day.)
Gas Prices in New England 3I drove by the gas station last night and the price of regular gas is now $2.03 a gallon! There are some cheaper gas stations in the area, but this station is more convenient to my evening commute.
Expect an update later this evening.
Gas Prices in New EnglandIts amazing that the price of gas isn't the leading story of every newscast. Many analysis believe that Jimmy Carter lost the election 20 years ago because of the high gas prices.
A gas station on Winter St in Waltham, just off the Route 128 exit ramp, is selling full service premium gas for $2.45 a gallon! If you do it yourself you only pay $2.30 a gallon.
Since OPEC hasn't announced any changes in the pricing model until probably June, I would expect that prices will continue to go up.
As Jay Leno keeps saying on the Tonight show: Didn't we win the war in Iraq? Shouldn't the price be $.10 a gallon?
Personal OfficeAbout 5 years ago I bought an L-Shape desk at Scandinavian Design in Mountain View California. When I left California in 2002, I took apart the desk and risked bringing it across country to my new apartment.
Last night, I successfully put together the desk, despite having any of the original directions. There was one small metal attachment that was missing, but was not an important part of the desk. All the wood made it safely.
Tonight I'll be putting together a file cabinet that I bought at Form n' Teak in Burlington Massachusetts earlier this year. This has the same cherry color as the desk and will fit into the new office perfectly.
Gas Prices in New EnglandMany gas stations in New England have hit above the $2 mark for premium unleaded gasoline. Last Thursday night I stopped at the gas station off 128 near the Mass Pike and took the photo of the day. Many gas stations on Cape Cod were at the $2 mark.
I was recently in the Washington DC area and, according to Radio reports, prices were cheaper in the area than most parts of the country. I was wondering if this was intentional to minimize the political impact of the gas prices. I saw many gas stations selling gas for $1.70 a gallon.
Penguin MintsBrooks Pharmacy in New England no longer sells Penguin Caffeinated mints. A few months ago they sold all the remaining mints at $.39 for each tin. Which is pretty good considering that the average tin cost $1.20.
I first thought this was a move to remove Caffeinated mints from their candy selection. However, this morning I found that they now only carry Brown & Haley Zingos Caffeinated Peppermints. Looks like Brown & Haley had stolen Penguin's market share in the northeast. At least you can still order Penguin's Mints online.
Christmas ShoppingWith only 11 shopping days till Christmas the malls were pretty busy. If you have any young children you should visit the Burlington Mall in Burlington Massachusetts. They have a really good Santa! However, plan to wait in long lines!
Parking wasn't an issue at the Burlington Mall today. I arrived at 1pm and was able to find plenty of parking near the automotive place aross from Macys. However, many shoppers were looking for places closer to the stores and were driving around in circles waiting for that perfect spot. Many seemed determined to get a spot as close to the entrance as possible.
LLBeanThis afternoon I visited one of New Englands most popular retail store, LLBean. This is the second year in a row that I visited the store during the Christmas season, which officially makes it a tradition.
The parking lot was not as crowded this year, as I was able to park much closer to the store. This is probably because I arrived later in the afternoon. The store itself was pretty crowded, and there were long lines at the registers. The only exception was at the Fishing and Hunting store which is separate from the main store.
If you plan to visit the store, here are some of my notes:
- You pass through several toll booths from the Boston Area to Freeport. Bring plenty of spare change. It cost $3 just to get up to Freeport on I-95.
- Try the Lobster Bisque on the third level in the main store, it costs $4.25 for a small bowl.
- You can create your own gift basket! Great custom gift idea! Talk to someone on the third level.
- There are lots of National Brand Outlet types of stores around LLBean.
- Outside the Hunting and Fishing store a street vendor is selling Lobster Rolls for $9!
- A cross the street from the main store is a talking Christmas tree! Wasn't talking when I was there.