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Forget "Cyber Monday," many of the big online merchants selling technology gear are knee-deep...

Forget "Cyber Monday," many of the big online merchants selling technology gear are knee-deep into Black Friday as well. Online heavyweights such as Apple (AAPL), (AMZN), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Dell (DELL) are all laden with Black Friday notices and special deals. Ironically though, it's retailer Target (TGT) that's making the huge push toward Cyber Monday. This way, they get you in the store Friday and over the weekend, and then buying more stuff online when you are back at work Monday - truly a monument to consumerism.
Comments (15)
  • Every day is Cyber Monday. Does anyone actually buy anything online that isn't discounted?
    24 Nov 2012, 08:23 AM Reply Like
  • so cyber Monday is another thing like Black Friday?
    24 Nov 2012, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • Not for nothing, but the Target and Kmart ads this year were quite possibly the most annoying commercials I've ever had the displeasure of wasting 30 seconds of my life on.
    24 Nov 2012, 03:19 PM Reply Like
  • Went to the Apple stores locally in Canada, as many Apple employees as the crowd, and very few coming out with shopping bags.


    Everyone expecting huge earnings this Q which definitely means disappointment.


    Short and dump longs on every bounce.
    24 Nov 2012, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • Sorry, not taking the bait. Are you a short seller here. I suggest you reconsider if you are as I like to see all prosper. Buy all the way to 625 to capture up to 15% in 3 months (at 625).
    24 Nov 2012, 04:18 PM Reply Like
  • Where in Canada do you live? I went to Square One in Mississauga on Friday just to see the iPad Mini in person, the line-up outside the store was so long I didn't even bother. No other store had line-up anywhere near that. This is one of the largest malls in Canada. I am sure it was no different at Eatons downtown Toronto.
    25 Nov 2012, 12:41 AM Reply Like
  • When everyone is on the same side of the boat and thinking the same...
    25 Nov 2012, 01:31 AM Reply Like
  • ArmchairHero, I see you came back to this thread but still did not respond to my question. Perhaps you'd like to get out of the armchair and be a real hero and explain what "stalling demand and sales volume" would look like in Apple's Q1 report. Will it be 30 million iPhones and 12 million iPads? 35 and 15? 40 and 20? Could a record level of sales be called "stalling demand" or will they in fact fall short of record sales?


    It seems like you would have an opinion on this. Why not go on the record and prove your wisdom come January?
    25 Nov 2012, 03:01 AM Reply Like
  • The fact that Apple has to slash prices on their products with all these supply "shortages" shows desperation and stalling demand and sales volume.
    24 Nov 2012, 04:03 PM Reply Like
  • Armchair, would you care to venture a projection of how many phones and tablets Apple will sell this qtr? What would be the number that proved your case that sales are "disappointing"?
    24 Nov 2012, 06:35 PM Reply Like
  • That's total BS. Apple offers sales of around 10% every Black Friday on select products. Did you have the same idiotic viewpoint last year before the 4th largest quarterly profit ever?
    25 Nov 2012, 11:14 AM Reply Like
  • If you knew anything about Apple you would know they have the same sale every Black Friday. Go ahead and sale your shares, I'll buy cause you are incorrect in your assumptions. Why, at least here in the states, that an Apple product captures 4 of the top 5 preferred gifts for various age groups? Apple will beat all analyst numbers for this quarter and will hit all time highs in first calendar quarter 2013.
    24 Nov 2012, 04:14 PM Reply Like
  • I think AAPL's Black Friday strategy can be better. Luxury lines could give a rat's butt about Black Friday (if you live in the bay area, read: Wilkes Bashford) because those of us who shop luxury, have the money, and we can shop anytime so there's really no point to a Black Friday (Spring and Fall sales work best there). With AAPL, they are going to have to meet somewhere in the middle, the others (GOOG, AMZN, YHOO, MSFT, etc.) are catching up and they will need the consumer sooner or later. Yes, it is the same sale, every year, but even AAPL will need to respond soon to consumer pressure. The market rules. I think that AAPL needs to understand that. Sometimes they get it, sometimes they forget. Long AAPL.
    24 Nov 2012, 06:57 PM Reply Like
  • 20% of online Black Friday purchasers bought Apple products.

    25 Nov 2012, 11:18 AM Reply Like
  • Actually, poor interpretation of the data. 20% of online purchases were made with an Apple device.

    25 Nov 2012, 11:26 AM Reply Like
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