Hoboken Breakfast Nuggets: 11/29/2010


Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend! Here’s a few nuggets for the AM…

Black Friday; Cyber Monday: Does it matter?

I’m sure I’m not the only one buying into the hype about these massive shopping days. Maybe it was just the malls or big-box stores, but the retail scene here in Hoboken sure didn’t seem like much – in fact, I saw a few stores close earlier than usual.

While there was some stampeding at stores like Target (see video below) – you might want to take what you hear about how well the retail sector performed from the cable news networks with a grain of salt. Any surge or decline in retail shopping has minimal effect on the entire economy, since it only makes up about 8% of the GDP.

Some spoon-fed sources say that the economic “recovery” might get more steam – while other more cautious sources are calling the outlook so far a dud.

Speaking of Cyber Monday

I checked out my favorite online store – Amazon.com – for their Cyber Monday deals – and didn’t see much I was interested in.

The things I like don’t usually go on sale often. Instead, I use an online service like Camel Concierge (CamelCamelCamel.com) – where you can track Amazon.com products – and receive an email or text message when the price reaches a target level you assign. Pretty helpful, actually. Interesting how you can also track historical prices of the items on your radar – and you can see, that sometimes these things lower significantly in price – even for just part of a day. The Camel Concierge service does the searching for you, so you don’t miss a price drop.

Ukrainian Women protest sans shirts

Not sure what these Ukrainian ladies from FEMEN are protesting about, women’s rights or prostitution, but they’re up in arms about something.

Would semi-nude protests work here in the USA?

Pilsener Haus has a Facebook identity again!

Many folks were wondering what happened to the Pilsener Haus Biergarten page on Facebook – well, it’s back so be sure you friend them!

Weekly Hoboken Weather Outlook

Other than some rain predicted for Tuesday night into Wednesday – another seasonally normal week. But some snowy conditions may be on tap for next week!

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The Professor
The Professor

Sorry to say it… but I’m not buying any reports that the retail sector performed well. Every five minutes I get an email from some retailer with a deal that is better than the last. They are practically begging me to buy something. But why save 25% now when I can wait two months and buy whatever it is for 30-50% off instead?


Hopefully the snow stays in the forecast for next week! Besides just the beauty of the snowfall itself, I love the collective shoveling out effort afterwards, traffic delays, the crisp stillness, and everything looking different underneath a white blanket. I’ll be checking in on Hoboken411 for updates on this…and keeping my fingers crossed.