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[Update] Michaels Provides Details About Debit Card Data Theft

Michaels Stores, Inc. has made public more details about the theft of customer bank account data from some of their stores via compromised debit card PIN pads.

The company has identified what it describes as “less than 90″ PIN pads from its U.S. stores (less than 1% of the total in use) that appear to have been tampered with. The tampered pads were found spread through stores in 20 different states around the country. Visit the Michaels website for a full list of affected stores.

The company has also removed approximately 7,200 PIN pads from its stores that are similar to the tampered ones. Until these pads are replaced, customer credit and debit transactions will be processed directly on the register at the affected stores. Michaels Stores are also conducting security examinations of all Canadian store PIN pads as a precaution.

The latest from the investigation indicates that compromised PIN pad transactions occurred between February 8th and May 6th. Fewer than 100 Michaels customers have reported fraudulent transactions on their debit cards from the data theft, the company says.

Michaels said in a statement Thursday that the Secret Service has commended their response to the data theft. The company is still recommending that customers take precautions such as watching their bank statements for fraudulent transactions. Any unauthorized transactions should be reported to the card issuer.

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Michaels Customers Victims of Debit Card Fraud

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a rash of debit card fraud cases that appear to be linked to Chicago-area Michaels store transactions.

Chicago media are reporting that Bloomingdale (IL) police have received 16 reports of fraudulent ATM withdrawals made from consumers’ debit card accounts, and scores of other fraud reports have been made to authorities across the Chicago area by shoppers at the company’s 35 area stores. All of the fraudulent transactions apparently involve $500 withdrawals made at out-of-state ATM’s. All of the victims had previously made transactions at one of Michaels Chicago-area stores.

Compromised PIN pads, a common way of stealing debit card identities, in Michaels stores are speculated to be to blame for the string of frauds, but the investigation is still ongoing. Customers who have made purchases at Michaels stores should monitor their card statements for fraudulent activity and report any unauthorized activity to the card issuer. Consumers may also want to consider changing PIN numbers and other security settings on cards used in Michaels stores.

Michaels says it was contacted about the fraud this week by banking and law enforcement officials, and is working to assist authorities in the investigation.


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2010 Black Friday Scrapbook Sales

Black Friday means some great deals on scrapbook supplies, and the sneak peeks of this year’s sales are starting to leak out!

Update: Jo-Ann Stores has posted a great FAQ on their blog about how their holiday weekend sale rules and procedures work – what will be available when (online vs. in-store timing, for instance).

Disclaimer: Scrapbook Update cannot be responsible for incorrect information, regional variances or typographical errors in the listings. Remember to check the local ads in your area to verify these listings.

These listings will be checked, expanded & updated from now until Thanksgiving Day from leaked ads and the actual print ads received in my local papers and sale announcements of online stores, so keep checking back!

How to use these listings: These tables may be sorted by clicking on the arrow at the top of each column. Sort by the store column to see all each store’s sales listed together, or sort by product name to compare sales on similar products. Many of the store names and item names are clickable to take you to the item online for easy shopping. (Some of these links are affiliate links, so when you use them you support Scrapbook Update – Thank you.)

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Item
Price
Store
Terms
Coupon - 20% off entire purchase including sale itemsMichaelsSaturday 8am-Noon
Coupon - 30% off entire purchase including sale itemsMichaelsFriday 5am - Noon
Coupon - 30% off entire purchase including sale itemsMichaelsThursday 5pm-9pm
Coupon - 50% off one regular priced itemMichaelsFriday Noon-10pm
Coupon - 50% off one regular priced itemMichaelsSaturday Noon-10pm
Coupon - Get $5 reward card with every $25 purchasedMichaelsSaturday Only. Rewards good 11/28 to 12/4.
Baskets - Entire Stock40% offMichaels
Cricut Cartridges$27.99MichaelsReg. $69.99 While supplies last. Excludes Cricut Imagine cartridges. No coupons.
Cricut Cartridges$35.99MichaelsReg. $89.99 While supplies last. Excludes Cricut Imagine cartridges. No coupons.
Cricut Cartridges (Disney)$24.99MichaelsReg. $89.99 Saturday Only. No coupons. While supplies last. Excludes Cricut Imagine cartridges.
Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter$69.99MichaelsFriday Only. No coupons.
Cricut Gypsy$99.99MichaelsNo coupons. No rainchecks. While supplies last.
DCWV Scrapbook Album Kits$14.99Michaelsreg. $29.99
Fiskars 12" Portable Paper Trimmer$6.99Michaelsreg. $12.99
Iris 12x12 Scrapbook Case$4.49Michaelsreg. $8.99
Iris 12x12 Scrapbook Case 3 pack$5.79MichaelsFriday Only. While supplies last. No coupons. (reg. $12.79)
Photo Boxes3 for $5 ($1.66)Michaelsreg. $4.49
Recollections Scrapbook & Photo Albums50% offMichaels
Recollections Scrapbooks$3.33MichaelsFriday only. No coupons.(reg. $9.99)
Recollections Stickers & Embellishments50% offMichaels
Scrap Paper 5lb Box$9.99MichaelsSaturday only. No coupons.
Scrapbook Paper Pads$9.99MichaelsExcludes Martha Stewart, American Girl & Fine Art. (reg. $19.99)
Scrapbook Storage40% offMichaelsFriday & Saturday only. Excludes Martha Stewart.
Scrapbook Storage55% offMichaelsThursday only. Excludes Martha Stewart. No coupons.
Scrapbook Rolling Tote$19.99MichaelsFriday only. No coupons. While supplies last. (reg. $49.99)
Shadowbox 4 piece set$14.99Michaels
Ranger Stickles Limited Edition 1oz bottle 3 pack$6.99MichaelsWhile supplies last. (reg. $11.99)
Yudu Personal Screen Printing Machine$169.99Michaels
Cricut Expression Electronic Cutter in Aqua, Plum, Green or Canary w/Bonus "Playtime" Cartridge$185.00Walmart
Cricut Cartridges - Lite Limited Edition$20Walmart
Cricut Cartridges$20Big Lotsreg. $39.99
Organizing Essentials Baskets50% off
Joann.com
Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter$59.99
Joann.com
Unadvertised Doorbuster - Friday & Saturday!!!
Die Cutting Machines & Accessories40% off
Joann.com
Cropper Hopper 10 Drawer Scrapbooking Cart$34.99
Joann.com
Friday Doorbuster, while supplies last. reg. $89.99
20% off entire purchase
Joann.com
7am-Noon, Saturday only
DCWV 12x12 Stack Value Packs$9.99
Joann.com
reg. $19.99
DCWV Stack Value Packs (all other)40% off
Joann.com
Everyday Plastic Storage50% off
Joann.com
Slice Cordless Design Cutter$49.99
Joann.com
Saturday Doorbuster, reg. $149.99
Organizing Essentials Ribbon Ladder$7.99
Joann.com
Saturday Doorbuster. reg. $24.99
50% off any one regular priced item
Joann.com
All day Saturday.
Cricut Expression$148Menard'sEarly bird.
Cricut Cartridges$19.99Menard's Early bird. Quantity limit.
Cricut Cake Mini Machine$99.99
Joann.com
Friday Doorbuster. Limited Quantity.
Cricut Expression$199.99
Joann.com
Friday Doorbuster
OttLite Slimline Task Lamp$19.99
Joann.com
Friday Doorbuster
Organdy Ribbon SpoolsBuy One Get One Free
Joann.com
Cricut Cake Machine$249.99
Joann.com
Cricut Imagine$449.99
Joann.com
Cricut Cartridges - Seasonal$19.99
Joann.com
Sizzix Holiday Themed Dies75% off
Joann.com
DCWV Ultimate Stack or K & Co. Super Paper PadBuy One Get One Free
Joann.com
reg. $29.99
Lighting, Entire Stock50% off
Joann.com
Papercrafting Embellishments & Stickers40% off
Joann.com
Scrapbooking Albums40% off
Joann.com
Stamps, Stamp Pads & Stamp Sets40% off
Joann.com
Papercrafting Punches & Cutting Supplies40% off
Joann.com
Celebrate It! Holiday Ribbon Bow-Tique (over 600 styles) 70% offMichaels Friday doorbuster. No coupons
Cricut V1 Personal Electronic Cutting Machine$104.99Available now. Free shipping.
Cricut Create Machine$149.24Available now. Free shipping.
Cricut Expression$245.99Available now. Free shipping.
Cricut Cake, Kitchen Red$269.83Available now. Free shipping.
Cricut Imagine Machine$485.00Available now. Free shipping.
Becky Higgins Project Life$29.99reg. $49.99. Friday special. Free shipping.
Cricut Create Machine$149.99WalmartOnline only special. Free site to store shipping. Already available, while supplies last.
Cricut Cartridges2 for $60WalmartOnline only special. Free site to store shipping. Select your own two cartridges to make your bundle. Available starting Weds.
We R Memory Keepers, entire stock20% offWednesday (11/24) only.
Sizzix, entire stock20% offThursday (11/25)only.
American Crafts, entire stock20% offFriday (11/26) only.
Bazzill, entire stock20% offSaturday (11/27) only.
Fiskars, entire stock20% offSunday (11/28) only.
BasicGrey, entire stock20% offMonday (11/29) only.
Paper, Open Stock30% offMichaelsManager's Special. Thurs - Sat.
Scrapbook Tool Kit$9.99Michaelsreg. $29.99 Manager's Special. Thurs - Sat.
OttLite Bella Floor Lamp$49.99
Joann.com
reg. $139.99 Thursday - Online only.
OttLite High Definition Task Lamp$29.99
Joann.com
reg. $89.99 Thursday - Online only.
Cricut Cartridges - Seasonal$18.99
Joann.com
reg. $24.99-$29.99 Thursday - Online only.
DCWV Winter Box of Cards$5
Joann.com
reg. $19.99 Thursday - Online only.
Album Kit - Westrim 8.5x11$6
Joann.com
reg. $14.99 Thursday - Online only.
Sizzix Machines & Accessories50% off
Joann.com
Thursday - Online only.
Elle's StudioFree gift with $45 purchase, All limited quantity items 60-70% offElle's StudioFriday through Monday.
Free Gift with OrderReceive a free gift with every order while supplies last.Starting Wednesday night at Midnight CST.
Free ShippingFree Shipping on purchases of $25 and over on physical product.Domestic orders only. Starting Wednesday night at Midnight CST, through Tuesday night at 11:59pm CST.
7 Day Sale Wednesday through Tuesday.
Stamps, stamp blocks, ink pads, technique tiles & project kits25% offTechnique TuesdayThrough Sunday. Use coupon code BlackFriday2010.
Apparel & stationery. 20% offLife Is ScrapFriday and Saturday.
Free shippingFree shipping over $65Embellish It! OnlineThrough Tuesday, 11/30.
Storewide SaleTurkey Hunt sale, Dollar Store restocked. Everything on sale up to 80% off.Addicted to ScrapbookingEnds Monday 11/29.
American Crafts20% offAddicted to ScrapbookingEnds Monday 11/29.
Fiskars20% offAddicted to ScrapbookingEnds Monday 11/29.
Ranger20% offAddicted to ScrapbookingEnds Monday 11/29.
Sizzix15% offAddicted to ScrapbookingEnds Monday 11/29.
Bazzill Basics15% offAddicted to ScrapbookingEnds Monday 11/29
Ella Publishing Design Bundle: Double Page Design, Stretch Your Sketches & & Design Workshop$13reg. $17.97. Weds thru Sat. Put ebooks in cart. Use coupon code SaveOnDesign. One coupon code per transaction.
Ella Publishing Photo Bundle: 40 Tips For Better Photos, Picture Perfect, & Special Effects for Digital Photos$12reg. $17.97. Weds thru Sat. Put ebooks in cart. Use coupon code SaveOnPhotos. One coupon code per transaction.
Ella Publishing Word Bundle: Journaling That Matters, Quick & Creative Quizzes, & Text Tips for Scrapbookers$11reg. $17.97. Weds thru Sat. Put ebooks in cart. Use coupon code SaveOnWords. One coupon code per transaction.
Ella Publishing Vintage Hip Christmas Crafts ebook$3 with any single ebook purchasereg. $5.99. Weds thru Sat. Put ebooks in cart. Use coupon code HolidayBonus. One coupon code per transaction.
Cricut Cake Machine by Martha Stewart Crafts
$229.99Available now. Free shipping.
DCWV Christmas Stacks$9.99
Joann.com
Sunday only. Online only.
Cricut Cake Machine$199.99
Joann.com
Sunday only. Online only.
Stamps, stamp sets, & stamp pads50% off
Joann.com
Sunday only. Online only.
Albums50% off
Joann.com
Sunday only. Online only.
Coupon - 30% off total purchase, including sale itemsAC MooreFriday only, 5am-Noon
Coupon - 50% off any one regular priced itemAC MooreFriday only, Noon - 10pm
Cricut Expression bundle$199.99AC MooreFriday only, 5am-Noon. Doorbuster, no coupons or rainchecks.
Cricut Cake Machine$199.99AC MooreFriday only, 5am-Noon. Doorbuster, no coupons or rainchecks.
Cricut Cartridges, entire stock$34.99AC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
Cricut Cartridges, seasonal$19.99AC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
Sizzix Vagabond Machine$199.99AC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
Paper Bliss or Sandylion Stickers, select$1AC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
TPC Studio Scrapbooking Kits$5AC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
Photo Boxes3 for $5AC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
Sizzix Machines & Products40% offAC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
Spellbinders Dies, select$9.99AC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
Packaged Paper, entire stock40% offAC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
Colorbok Scrapbook Kits$9.99AC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
Albums3 for $12AC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
JetMax Modular Storage Units60% offAC MooreFriday & Saturday, while supplies last.
Free Shipping at Joann.com (Code: AA347)
Joann.com
Valid on orders over $35 thru 12/11.
Cricut Expression bundle w/ four cartridges$249.99Target.comFree shipping. Not available in stores.
Cricut Expression Machine$235.00Walmart.comThursday only. Online only.
Cricut Cartridge Bundle (choose your own)2 for $55Walmart.comThursday only. Online only.
Digital Supplies30% offDesigner DigitalsThrifty Thursday sale extended through Friday!
Christmas Scrapbook Kits, Albums, Stickers & Accessories50% offHobby LobbyFriday & Saturday
Cricut Cartridges & Accessories50% offHobby Lobby Friday & Saturday
Albums - Value Scrapbook Albums$3.99Hobby LobbyFriday & Saturday
Paper Packs - 180 ct. Sheet Printed Packs$7.99Hobby LobbyFriday & Saturday
Scrapbook Page Kits by The Paper Studio$2.99Hobby LobbyFriday & Saturday
Rolling Scrapbook Totes by The Paper Studio$39.99Hobby LobbyFriday & Saturday
Ribbon By The Roll50% offHobby LobbyFriday & Saturday
Coupon - 40% off any one regular priced itemHobby LobbyFriday & Saturday

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ScrapHD Acquired By Michaels

Online scrapbooking application ScrapHD, which shut down on July 31st, announced today that it has been acquired by Michaels Stores, Inc.

The ScrapHD website allowed users to combine their photos with design elements from scrapbook companies such as American Crafts, Jenni Bowlin Studios and My Minds Eye to create photo books, greeting cards and posters.

“We have focused on building an application that gives scrapbookers the ability to really customize their pages and books in an online world with an application that is intuitive and easy-to-use,” said Ross Petersen, President and co-founder of ScrapHD. “Michaels can take the ScrapHD technology to the millions of Americans who are interested in preserving their digital photos in a fun and creative format.”

“We believe existing and future Michaels customers will love this application, featuring more than 10,000 pieces of digital creative content and an easy-to-use interface that appeals to beginners and experts alike,” said Michaels CEO John Menzer. “Digital photo booking and digital scrapbooking are an important part of Michaels’ strategy to continue as a world-class leader in the arts and crafts industry.”

The companies indicated in the announcement that ScrapHD’s website will remain closed until 2011, when it will re-launch under the banner of Michaels Stores with both free and premium content. One possible new feature for ScrapHD has already been hinted at in the acquisition announcement with the mention of customers having the ability to have their photo books delivered to their local Michaels store.

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Positions Available: Michaels Assistant Store Managers

Michaels Assistant Store Manager*:

POSITION SUMMARY:
Michaels is currently seeking qualified candidates for Assistant Store Manager and our FastTrack Assistant Store Manager program.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Assistant Store Manager is responsible for the overall management of the store under the direction of the Store Manager. The Assistant Store Manager executes company policies, procedures and programs required to manage a Michaels store and maintain sales and profit.

If you qualify for our FastTrack Assistant Store Manager program, you can look forward to:

  • Becoming a Store Manager in 12 months or less.
  • Highly competitive starting salary.
  • Company focus and support for your personal development and career advancement.
  • Consideration for district and zone level positions after you’ve demonstrated your ability at the Store Manager level.

Candidates for the FastTrack program must be willing and have the ability to relocate within a ten state area in the U.S.

REQUIREMENTS:
Ideal candidates will possess the following qualifications:

  • Currently a Co-Manager or Assistant Store Manager for a large store (Big Box) retailer.
  • Currently a Store Manager for a national retailer in a specialty store format.
  • Minimum 1-year retail management experience.
  • Experience in a multi-million dollar retail store in a mass merchandising environment is a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to retail throughout career.
  • Solid management skills, including Planning & Organizing, Adaptability/Flexibility, and Oral and Written Communication skills.
  • High Energy and a Sense Of Urgency.
  • Must be able to relocate for promotion.

*Please note that Scrapbook Update is in no way associated with the companies and the positions listed here.  Please forward all questions or comments about the job listings to the offering organization via the links provided with this article.  Thanks!

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Michaels Reports First Quarter 2010 Sales & Income

Michaels Stores, Inc. reported their earnings results for the first quarter of Fiscal 2010 (which ended May 1st) on May 27th. The company reported $13 million in net income, a great increase over the first quarter Fiscal 2009 result of $4 million. The company reported a 5.7% increase in sales for the first quarter of 2010 over 2009, to $901 million from $852 million.

Same-store sales increased 4.9% over the same period the previous year. About a third of the increase was due to beneficial foreign exchange rates, but average tickets increased 3.7% and there was also a 1.2% increase in transactions over first quarter fiscal 2009.

The company also improved its gross margin to 39.3%, up from 37%. The increase was achieved by increasing imported merchandise and improved markdown management, along with decreased occupancy costs.

At the end of the quarter, the average Michaels store inventory was 3.6% lower than the first quarter of 2009. The company says it expects the trend of lower inventory levels to continue through fiscal 2010.

The company’s debt totaled $3.695 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2010, $262 million lower than the previous year. The company also had $79 million in cash, and $651 million available to it via its revolving credit facility.

John Menzer, Chief Executive Officer, said, “We were pleased with the strengthening sales trends and the improvement of our operations during the first quarter. A number of key categories performed well during the first quarter, including Custom Framing, Bakeware and Jewelry. Michaels continues to make significant improvements in the customer shopping experience, particularly with expanded classroom programs and in-store events. These programs create excitement and drive increased store traffic. Strong product offerings, increased classroom participation and a strengthening retail environment all contributed to the increase in our comparable store sales performance.

“Operating income improved 64% to a record first quarter level of $105 million due to stronger sales, gross margin improvements with increased direct sourcing, effectiveness of our promotions and closely controlled expenses,” concluded Mr. Menzer.


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