The day after Thanksgiving can only mean one thing… Black Friday! Black Friday is the biggest shopping day each and every year, and some fantastic Manhattan-based locations have put on some amazing deals for you to try out for your holiday shopping and then some! Relax, sip your coffee, and get to clicking for all these great offers! [Read more…] about What are the Best Black Friday Deals for Manhattanites & Beyond?
Hope all of our readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family and friends! For all you shopping people out there I am sure you have already hit up some of the biggest retailers to see what steep discounts they have going on. Well now that Black Friday is officially half over, why not take a peek and see what everyone else is missing with these super hot deals from some of your favorite places! Not only are some of these deals good for today, many of them have great specials for the upcoming Cyber Monday! From stylish shopping at Old Navy & Boden, to wedding dress hunting at Nicole Miller to specialty places like Sugarfina and Dannijo, Manhattan Digest has got you covered! Take a look at what these fabulous places have to offer and keep coming back to Manhattan Digest for more!
c/o The Maidstone Hotel and The Living Room Restaurant In East Hampton, NY is celebrating CYBER MONDAY with 30% on all future reservations for the hotel or restaurant.
The deal is good during business hours on Monday, December 1st by calling the hotel at + 1 631.324.5006
ROBERT SIEGEL STUDIO
Cyber Monday Deal: Head over to www.robertsiegelstudio.com on Monday, December 1st for 40% off all serveware and tableware from 8AM to 8PM.
At Robert Siegel Studio, a combination of traditional and new throwing techniques are employed. Each piece is made of the highest quality porcelain and created one at a time in limited-editions, hand detailed and hand glazed. As a result, all of Robert Siegel pottery has its own distinct character and beauty. All offerings include handmade wheel thrown porcelain pieces that are glazed with colorful exteriors and finished with either dipped or hand painted banded patterns. Available pieces include platters, vases, planters, dinnerware and more. All items are made in the U.S.A. in limited-editions seasonally.
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deal: From Friday, November 28th – Monday, December 1st, anyone who purchases a Lyve Home (www.mylyve.com) will receive a $100 voucher for scanning services to be redeemed through ScanCafe. This equates to over 220 scans of your favorite photos. Through the power of ScanCafe’s print to electronic scanning, these precious photos can be securely scanned and preserved in digital format for easy import into your Lyve account. All scanning services will be fulfilled via Scan Cafe’s ‘USA Express’ service, ensuring the process is secure, fast, and high quality, and handled by skilled technicians with a trained eye. This added value is ideal for those Lyve customers who are seeking a comprehensive solution to collecting and protecting all of their life memories. Tax and shipping (roughly $15) not included.
A strategic partnership between Lyve and ScanCafe offers Lyve Home customers the ability to not only collect, protect, and rediscover their memories captured on their digital devices, but to also bring their physical photos into their Lyve collection.
Black Friday Deals:
- In-store on Black Friday only, customers will receive 1 free cube of Champagne Bears on orders of $50 and up
- During Black Friday weekend (Friday through Sunday) on Sugarfina.com, free shipping on orders of $75 and up
Cyber Monday Deal:
- On Cyber Monday, Sugarfina.com will offer 1 free cube of Champagne Bears on orders of $50 and up and free shipping on orders of $75 and up
Luxury candy boutique, Sugarfina (www.sugarfina.com), will be offering several sweet promotions this year on Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Store Locations: 9495 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA & The Americana at Brand: 779 Americana Way, Glendale, CA
Black Friday Deal & Cyber Monday Deals: Sign up on www.dannijo.com for “Have A 5 Day Weekend” deals. A new surprise offer will be in your inbox Wednesday, November 26th through Sunday, November 30th.
- Wednesday, November 26th: 30% off all iPhone cases
- Thursday, November 27th: 30% off all bracelets/cuffs/rings
- Friday, November 28th: 30% off all handbags
- Saturday, November 29th: 30% off all necklaces
- Sunday, November 30th: 30% off all earrings
- Monday, December 1st: 30% off site-wide PLUS spend $500 and receive $100 off your purchase
Cyber Monday Deal: Head over to www.bodenusa.com from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday for 30% off everything. On Cyber Monday there will be an extra group of gifts with a 50% off discount.
Black Friday Deal & Cyber Monday Deals: Sign-up on www.editorialist.com for the mailing list and receive a one-time 40% discount to VIP Insiders. Additionally, if readers elect to follow Editorialist on Instagram, you will gain access to the one-time 40% discount VIP code, applicable across the site on Cyber Monday. Receive the 40% discount code in your inbox Monday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 30th. Select restrictions on fine jewelry will apply.
“White Friday” Deal: Visit the Nicole Miller store in Soho on Friday, November 28th from 10am to 7pm for the “White Friday Bridal Sale.” Bridal gowns will be starting at $250 and prices will be approximately 50% off. All available sizes will be in store and all sales are final.
Starting at 4pm on Thanksgiving Day, more than 800 Old Navy stores will open their doors for an unprecedented 31 hours of shopping with the whole store at 50% off. Even more exciting, Old Navy is bringing back its second annual “Overnight Millionaire” giveaway! The first 100 customers to line up will receive a game card for a chance to win the $1 million jackpot, and another 1000 lucky customers will be treated to a $200 shopping spree.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner! And seeing as so many of us are trying to keep our skin in tip top shape from the horrible winter weather, Manhattan Digest is providing its readers with some awesome Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals for you to divulge in! See what each amazing brand has to offer and Happy Shopping everyone!
Black Friday (11/28) – Cyber Monday (12/1)
30% off site-wide at http://anthony.com/
- 35% off any order using code BFRIDAY14
- On Cyber Monday only, receive 35% off and a free Triple Mineral Body Lotion using codeCYBRMON35
WHEN: Friday, 11/27 through Monday, 12/1
Black Friday Deal: 11/28 – 11/30
Amazing savings and loads of free gifts at blissworld.com!
- Luxe Holiday beauty bag (a $150 value) yours free with $100+ purchase
- 20% off product purchases on blissworld.com including bliss holiday gift sets
(20% offer excludes: La Mer, SK-II, Sisley, NuFace, Wellbox, Malin + Goetz, Clarisonic, bliss multi-‘face’-eted mask, gift cards, e-cards)
- Free stocking stuffers all weekend: choose 4 free deluxe samples with $100+ purchase
Cyber Monday: 12/1:
Today only: Save an additional 40% on already value-priced pro-sized (32oz) pump bottles of our best-selling formulas:
- fatgirlslim firming cream, lemon + sage body butter, lemon + sage supershine shampoo, lemon + sage conditioning rinse, naked body butter and high intensity hand cream
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals: Receive 50% off of select top-sellers listed on TimetoSpa.com
- WHEN: Friday, November 28th and Monday, December 3rd
- WHERE: TimetoSpa.com/BlackFriday
On Cyber Monday, Erno Laszlo will be offering a Winter Wonders 6-Piece Gift Set as a Gift With Purchase for those who spend a minimum of $200 on ErnoLaszlo.com. The set includes a full size Luminous Intensive Hand Treatment SPF 25 along with sample sizes of the cult favorite Timeless Skin Serum, Hyra-Therapy Treatment & Revitalizer, Phormula 3-9 Balm & Cream (a retail value of $395).
Black Friday Promo – November 24th – 28th
25% Off Site Wide at http://www.junejacobs.com/ + FREE Shipping on all orders
Cyber Monday Promo – December 1st
25% Off Site Wide at http://www.junejacobs.com/ + FREE Super-Size Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream on orders over $50 and FREE Shipping on orders over $50
Based on highly effective concentrations of carefully selected botanical and plant extracts, recognized for their soothing and restorative powers, the June Jacobs Spa Collection marries age defying science and luxury. All formulas include cutting-edge, pure and effective ingredients along with a powerful patent pending anti-oxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grapeseed extracts to help neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.
Black Friday Sale – November 26th – 30th
- 25% OFF (no order minimum threshold) CHECKOUT CODE: FRIDAY25
- 30% OFF orders over $100 (threshold is pre-discount) CHECKOUT CODE: FRIDAY30
Cyber Monday Sale – December 1st
- FREE 3 Piece Laura Geller Beauty Essentials gift with purchase, valued at $39 and includes a Travel Size Blush-n-Brighten in Boysenberry, Mini Champagne Spackle and Mini Blush Brush for orders over $40 CHECKOUT CODE: CYBERGWP
o Set includes
- “Holiday Hues” EXCLUSIVE Eye Spackle Hues Collection which includes 7 shades of the Waterproof Eye Spackle Hues and a travel size GlamLASH Dramatic Volumizing Mascara. The set will be sold at $40 (valued at $191) , while supplies last NO CODE
25 Days Of Color – December 1st – December 25th
- Each day during this time period, LauraGeller.com will offer one single “hot item” at a generously discounted price for 24 hours only. CHECKOUT CODES REQUIRED. EACH DAY HAS A DIFFERENT CODE. SEE SITE FOR DETAILS.
- During this time period, a special, exclusive GWP will be available. CHECKOUT CODE: COLORGWP
All Holiday Offers for LauraGeller.com will include FREE Standard Shipping on all orders over $50
Black Friday Deal: StriVectin, the leader in clinically proven treatments for healthy, ageless skin, kicks off the holiday shopping season by extending 20% off all products purchased on StriVectin.com. From 12 a.m. on November 26th, through11:59 p.m. on November 30th, customers are invited to enjoy the discount via offer code FFNOV14.
URBAN DECAY COSMETICS
Black Friday Deal: On Black Friday, prepare to have your eye arsenal fully loaded. For one day only, you can pick up the combination of Ammo Palette, Smoked Palette, AND get a deluxe sample of Perversion Mascara, for only $30. This killer combination is so edgy and intense, your eyeshadow brushes might need a safe word. Not enough for you? They’re also offering free shipping on all orders, plus the UD Ultimate Hookup Contest. Each unique order placed on ud.com will receive 1 card that contains a random prize ranging from $10 off their next purchase, to a grand prize trip to Orange County.
Price: $30, Available 11/28 on UrbanDecay.com
Three of the biggest shopping days of the year is rapidly approaching this coming weekend. I am of course talking about Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday! Many of us are waiting with anticipation to see what some of our favorite retailers will be marking on deep discounted sales for the masses to enjoy. Lucky for all of you, the staff at Manhattan Digest has found some pretty great deals for both Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Hopefully you will see the below deals and find some that pique your interest! Happy Shopping everyone!
Cyber Monday – Get Polished! Event: 11/28/14 – 12/1/14
With the code GETPOLISHED, JINsoon is offering 15% off JINsoon products on jinsoon.com from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. The code is only valid for nail polish, toppings, nail care and nail tools. Spa services and gift certificates are excluded from the promotion.
Black Friday – Great Hydration Event
Receive a 6 piece Intral and Hydraskin GWP + Free 2nd Day Shipping with your $125 purchase at Darphin.com. A $78 value! Enter code HOLIDAY at checkout. Offer valid 11/28/14 while supplies last.
Cyber Monday – Choose your Full Size Cleanser + Step Up Event
Choose from the Cleansing Foam Gel with Water Lily or Intral Cleansing Milk, plus Free 2nd Day Shipping with your $75 purchase on Darphin.com. Enter code FOAM for the Cleansing Foam Gel or MILK for the Intral Cleansing Milk.
Step up to a 4 piece gift with your $125 purchase. Choose your cleanser, plus receive Travel Sizes of Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream (15ml) and Tangerine Aromatic Care (1.4ml) along with a gray zippered cosmetics bag with your $125 purchase at Darphin.com Enter code FOAM2 or MILK2 at checkout. Offer valid 12/1/14.
Black Friday Sale: 11/27/14 – 11/30/14
- 20% off TODAY and for the next year (on everything shipped from the US store)! Every person that makes a qualifying purchase from the Memebox US store during the Black Fridaysale will get a permanent Friends & Family discount for a year!
- 20% off site wide and up to 50% off select items. Starts Nov. 27th and ends Nov. 30th.
- FREE gift samples with purchase (select merchandise)
EARLY BIRD PROMO (Regular Stores, outlets, accessories stores + online)
Start time: Thursday, November 27th 8 PM (store hours may vary from one another depending on location)
End time: Friday, November 28th 10 AM
Discount: 20% off regular price merchandise
What: Footwear, handbags and accessories
LEAD PROMOTION (Regular stores, outlets + online)
Start time: Friday, November 28th 10 AM
End time: Monday, December 1st 9 PM (closing time for stores) and 11:59 PM (online)
Discount: 50% off the original price on all reduced styles
What: Footwear, handbags and accessories
ACCESSORIES STORE PROMOTION (accessories stores only)
Start time: Friday, November 28th 10 AM
End time: Friday, November 28th 9 PM (closing time)
Discounts: 50% off the original price on all reduced styles + gift with purchase (while supplies last)
What: Handbags and accessories
When – Friday, November 28th – Monday, December 1st
What – 40% of Select Styles
And so, as the bruised and battered shoppers from across the fifty holiday-engorged states made their way back to their homes and questionable leftovers, a new beast lay in waiting behind their inauspicious computer monitors and tablets. The Monday after the turkey and gravy fest, and after the menacing crowds and monsters of Black Friday, is the latest great opportunity to present consumers with yet more ridiculous sales and deals – all now available conveniently within the safety of their own homes. It was Cyber Monday. Shopping online was madness. At nightfall the internet sat in the corner of the shower and wept. One phrase surely graced more computer monitors than on any other given day throughout the year: This Site is Temporarily Down.
Cyber Monday is a fairly recent cultural phenomenon. It began in 2005. A press release was conducted by the company Shop.org, publicly stating that the Monday following Thanksgiving was quickly becoming one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. This was based on the numbers of the previous year: The monday following Thanksgiving had been in the top 12 busiest online shopping days of 2004. Shop.org decided to attempt throwing the e-commerce community on the Black Friday bandwagon. It worked. That Cyber Monday saw record numbers: numbers which have increased annually since.
This year broke a new record, pushing online sales over the 2 billion dollar mark in a single day. $2.29 billion dollars to be exact.
Cyber Monday Profits
2006 – $610,000,000
2007 – $730,000,000
2008 – $846,000,000
2009 – $887,000,000
2010 – $1,028,000,000
2011 – $1,251,000,000
2012 – $1,465,000,000
2013 – $2,290,000,000
In contrast, sales for the 2013 Black Friday weekend went down for the first time in seven years. Falling 2.9% from last year’s sales, this year saw 57.4 billion dollars in profits for the weekend. That is a significant pullback considering the numbers had been on the rise every year since 2006. Last year saw 59.1 billion dollars in sales.
The most evident thought-process to be reached by these numbers is right in front of us: everything is moving into the digital age. Cyber Monday was not only successful – it was phenomenal. It wasn’t just the computers either. A whopping 18.3% of online sales were found and processed using tablets and smart phones. Cyber Monday is becoming easier to do, so naturally the numbers are rising. Black Friday is a time-honored and kind of scary tradition, sure, but why chance being flattened to the ground by high-tops and pumps in front of a Walmart when you can sit in your pajamas and work those index-finger muscles?
It’s not perfect yet. There were, as there always are, some technical problems while dealing with the massive number of visitors on e-commerce sites. Several sites did crash due to an overload of volume, including Motorola, Toys’R’Us, Urban Outfitters, Brookstone, Nordstrom, and Barnes & Noble. While most of these companies were back online within a few minutes, they potentially lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in their absence.
If there is a moral to the story that was Black Cyber Weekend, it must be that, well, we’re all a bunch of greedy and impatient barbarians, and the machines will soon be taking over.
Sources: Wikipedia.org, Business Insider, Bloomberg News
When looked at from a business perspective, Black Friday is anything but negative. The fourth friday of November, specifically the day after the American Holiday of Thanksgiving, is easily and consistently the busiest and most profitable shopping day of the year. Where many retailers might be “in the red” (pertaining to sales, in-the-red refers to a business not turning a profit, but instead losing money), Black Friday serves as a jump-start to the season where these businesses can move their sales “into the black” (turning a profit) – and then some. It’s true – the deals and the steals are an attractive and magnetic aspect of bulb-flashing and glitzy persuasion, if not coercion. Yet at some point in the rise of the blackness of that single day we seem to have lost sight of what it’s all for. Sure, you can cry recession: We’re all trying to save as much money as we can nowadays, and Black Friday serves as the opportunity to do just that while expertly amassing the perfect collection of gifts for our loved ones. And yet, is it all worth it? The camping overnight, clamoring, clawing and bickering? The arguing, belligerence, and warmongering mobbing? Does the gift of giving hold its purpose when we lose ourselves to achieve it?
The origin of Black Friday is not completely known. It has been referenced on several different occasions throughout recent history. The earliest known coining of the term occurred in the late nineteenth century during the Financial Crisis of 1869. During the Grant Presidency, the event was named, quite aptly, “Black Friday” – imputing the somber darkness of the term with the desolation of such a crisis. The term was not used specifically as a description for the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy until the year 1961, in which it can be argued that the current use of the phrase originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The police departments in Philadelphia began to call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday” in regards to the terrifically obnoxious volume of overcrowding, traffic jams, chaos and crimes which did occur on that day every year. The Friday known as black held its title, and a gradual spread of the adjective quickly erupted. Soon it was a household date. Soon the department stores began to use it to their advantage.
It did not take long for major retailers to realize the full potential of what Black Friday could mean for business. There had been sales and deals on that friday long before the color graced its presence, but now there was power behind those two words. Instead of simply printing “50% off” on billboards and newspapers, retailers started to put “BLACK FRIDAY SALE” as their headline. People started paying attention. The words held a sort of ominous and dark-side implication. This drew in the crowds. Human nature took over. This wasn’t generosity-friday; this was Black Friday. This was no longer bargain shopping – this was war.
Black Friday is profitable. That much is certain. The numbers jump for consumers, small businesses, and big businesses alike. Yes, it is good for the economy. What is an economy, however, distributed among a commune of tyrants? Some may say it’s inhumane. Some may say that’s America. Both assumptions are quite correct.
Jumping back seven years, the profits from the Black Friday weekend have nearly doubled. The numbers are, in a word, astounding. Two-thousand six saw roughly 140 million shoppers grace the malls and department stores on Black Friday, each consumer spending an average of $360.00 dollars. Last year’s 2012 Black Friday saw about 247 million shoppers, each spending a much improved average of $423.00 dollars. Below are the total gross profits in billions, yes billions, each Black Friday weekend since 2006:
Black Friday weekend profits
2006 – $34.4 billion
2007 – $34.6 billion
2008 (U.S. Recession) – $41 billion
2009 – $41.2 billion
2010 – $45 billion
2011 – $52.5 billion
2012 – $59.1 billion
Clearly, the number rises significantly each year. It can be called astonishing that in the midst of a global recession period during 2008, the country as a whole still traveled in droves to spend money on the biggest friday of the year. Some may call this positive and patriotic; others might call it irresponsible and greedy.
The numbers for 2013’s Black Friday have not yet been accurately reviewed, but given the trend of the chart, it can be assumed that this year topped over 60 Billion dollars in sales.
Update: In fact, for 2013 the sales went down. Total in-store sales topped-off at 57.4 billion dollars, while cyber monday sales rose significantly.
Where there is Black Friday, there is violence. That has become the norm; that has come to be expected. Each year there seem to be more reports of growing violence and tragic accidents as a result of the mobbing crowds of the holiday weekend. Where there is an expectation of joy and giving, there is bloodshed.
Unruly shoppers charge into stores as soon as they are opened. They trample. People are injured. Stores present gimmicks, like dropping coupons from the ceiling once their doors open. And in moments like those, people seem to lose a piece of the humanity they claim to be shopping for. They charge at the idea of a discount without a second glance at what or who stands in their way.
In 2008, a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, New York opened its doors for business sharply at 5:00am. The crowd of over 2,000 people charged the doors like a stampede, killing a 34 year-old employee in the process. Two others were needlessly shot to death over a product altercation in California that same friday.
In 2011 there was a violent pepper spray incident pertaining to an altercation over the new Xbox 360. A man in California was shot.
In 2012 several people were shot, some over a parking space.
And this year was no exception to the curse of the friday known as black. On Thanksgiving evening, as it has become the beginning of the shopping frenzy recently, an alleged shoplifter dragged a police officer from his car while trying to escape in Illinois. The assailant was shot. In Las Vegas, a thief took a TV from a man who had just purchased it. While trying to retrieve the television, the victim was shot in the leg. There were multiple scuffles at stores across the country (especially Walmarts) involving several stabbings, fights and small crowd riots.
In Minnesota a man named Serge Vorobyov, who wanted to give cheer during Black Friday, dropped 1,000 one-dollar bills down to a crowd on the Rotunda of the Mall of America. It quite literally was snowing money. The crowd, in a disorderly fashion of course, went crazy for the money. Vorobyov was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
And in Philadelphia, where the entire Black Friday culture is thought to have originated, two women were caught on cell phone video fighting violently after an argument escalated. It seemed to be like any other Black Friday scuffle – one of many emerging amateur videos catching the instigators in the act – until one woman suddenly pulled out and began to use a taser gun. A security guard quickly broke up the fight – a potentially deadly fight which took place mere feet from a baby in a stroller.
So where do we stand? Where does society go from here? It can be said that the overall goal and purpose of Black Friday is to create a win-win circumstance for both the consumer and the nation’s economic well-being. And yet each year, as profits grow, so does the bloodshed. Are those who are injured or even killed simply “casualties of war” in the skirmishes that we create? No. That’s absurd. This isn’t a war. No bargain, whether it be a 20% or 100% discount, is worth the price of blood on our hands.
It is important to note that with each year, overcrowding and needless arguments are not the only problem on Black Friday. Robbery is an escalating trend. It’s not enough for some people to have the advantage of mega-deals and bargains for the items they seek. They want everything for nothing. Black Friday, with its growing reputation for irresponsibility and lack of morality, is becoming an open-door of opportunity to thieves and criminals. And rest assured – those things they do steal are not going under anybody’s tree as gifts.
It’s very simple. The only thing we still lack on Black Friday is patience. Nothing is worth violence or hatred toward another human. Nothing that comes in a box is worth letting yourself become a monster for a single day. You may not get that last big-screen TV for your husband, but you will be there on Christmas Day. And that still must be the most important gift we can give. And the good news – it’s completely free.