Archive | November 26, 2009

Michaels Thanksgiving Report; Amazon Lowers Camera Prices Again

Michaels stores were open from 5pm-9pm today (Thanksgiving Day). I headed out to my local store to do some shopping and scope out the traffic.

Although it is situated in a shopping center containing a Target, a PetSmart, a Ross, and several other major chains, the Michaels was the only store open. There was 15-20 cars in the parking lot when I arrived. The store was bustling with activity – the busiest I think I’ve seen it since its grand opening.

Michaels was offering all of their doorbusters for Friday, along with a special 25% off entire purchase coupon (with exclusions).

The $69.99 Cricut Personal Cutter (online special advertised price – it was advertised in the newspaper ad for $99) was not surprisingly a popular item. I saw several in carts and purchased one myself to explore the world of electronic die cutting a bit. There was a display of the machines set up right inside the front door. Further down the main aisle was the display of heavily discounted cartridges.

The cartridge display was surrounded by holiday scrapbook supplies that make great impulse sales. They got me with a beautiful rubber stamp by Hampton Art of “Twas the night before Christmas” and the Merrymint paper collection by My Mind’s Eye. (Maybe Merrymint wasn’t quite an impulse purchase since I’d been coveting it since CHA.)

The store had plenty of staff on hand despite being open on the actual holiday. At one point during my visit there were 6 registers open to make sure people checking out were first in line at their register (and all the registers were in use).

Interestingly, it seemed like virtually all of the store’s visitors were multi-generational groups – much more so than during regular Black Friday shopping.

Going shopping Black Friday? For details on all the scrapbook Black Friday sales in stores and online, visit Scrapbook Update’s Black Friday Scrapbook Sales page.

Also, a quick note for camera shoppers this weekend: Amazon has lowered their prices on the Black Friday cameras several times in the past several days to make Amazon even more appealing to Black Friday shoppers. The Canon Rebel XS is now priced at $457 on Amazon; the Canon T1i is priced at $699. The Nikon D3000 is down to $469. (All the details on the camera sales are on our dslr Black Friday page.) These prices are way lower than the advertised in-store Black Friday sales.