November 21, 2012 |
CHEEP! Cheep! Why, it's Eagles tickets begging for someone to buy them. With the injury-riddled team foundering at 3-7, and many fans calling for an end to the Andy Reid era, many tickets are selling below half of face value on StubHub. "Given the economy and the time of the year, it's as tough as I've seen it since Rich Kotite," said Jeremi Conaway, vice president of Wanamaker Tickets in Center City. And he's been selling tickets for a decade-and-a-half - since a couple of years after Jeffrey Lurie bought the team.
August 24, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Stocks on Tuesday posted their biggest jump in nearly two weeks as investors bought shares that were cheaply priced after the market's pounding during the last month. The Dow Jones industrials ended with a gain of 322 points. While the average dipped about 60 points shortly after an earthquake hit the East Coast at 1:51 p.m., stocks recovered within 20 minutes and soared even higher later in the afternoon. James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, said the beating that stocks had taken since late July made it look as if investors were preparing for a recession.
November 27, 2010 |
LIFE has been tough for struggling single parent Bridget Kenny, but this year she's determined to make the holiday season a memorable one for her 10-month-old son. The job of making that happen started yesterday as Kenny, 27, joined the thousands of bargain hunters who muscled through crowds on Black Friday, the traditional start to the holiday-shopping season. "It's so hard, I can barely make it," Kenny said as she pushed her bright-eyed son, Travis James Stone Jr., in a Kmart shopping cart at the Gallery while looking at aisles of toys.
December 4, 2008 |
THE ONLY thing that could've awakened me from a tryptophan-induced slumber last weekend was what happened after the doors opened at a Wal-Mart on Long Island, N.Y. And I don't mean the trampling of Jdimytai Damour. I refer to the subsequent coverage of Damour's tragic death. Everywhere I turned, I kept hearing it was a sign of the foundering economy. Take, for example, the New York Times account. The lead: "In a sign of consumer desperation amid a bleak economy, the annual rite of retailing known as Black Friday turned chaotic and even deadly, as predawn shoppers scrambled for holiday bargains.
November 25, 2006 |
Many of the first shoppers began camping out at Philadelphia-area stores by midafternoon on Thanksgiving Day - soon after gobbling down a turkey lunch. With tents, blankets, folding chairs and umbrellas, they braved a cold, windblown rain during the evening, then fought their way through the crowds when the doors opened on Black Friday. The trend was similar in malls and shopping centers nationwide. "It was a much bigger retail day than what we thought," said Britt Beemer, chairman of America's Research Group, a South Carolina consumer research and marketing firm.
June 12, 2004 |
The price of gas at a Langhorne Exxon station is cheap enough to turn heads - and steering wheels. While the average price of gas in the five-county Philadelphia region was $2.13 this week, the uncle-and-nephew team of Alex and Dincer Soy charged $1.979 per gallon yesterday. The Soys say they can charge less because their supplier charges them less. They adjust their price based on the going rate posted on their supplier's Web site, and prices dipped to their current level about a month ago. On Wednesday, they charged $1.91, a price that remained in effect later in the week at their station in North Wales.
July 9, 2003 |
The lights came on for one last time yesterday at Avenue B, the bankrupt Broad Street eatery owned by flamboyant restaurateur Neil Stein, as scavengers swarmed in to bid on the tables and chairs, silverware, skillets, artwork, refrigerators, pots and pans, the liquor license, and a baby grand piano. "It's being torn apart by hundreds of people," Stein, who did not visit Avenue B yesterday, said by phone in midafternoon. "It's a pretty trying day. " The contents of the fine-dining restaurant, which closed May 18, were sold off to pay Stein's creditors.
May 22, 2003 |
The letter arrived from London. "Dear Richard, "I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! "My mother phoned me late last night to tell me that Dan's was closing down. It can't be . . . It can't be. " Yes, ladies, it's true. Dan's Shoes' two locations, the big one at 1733 Chestnut St. and the smaller at 1306 Chestnut St., will shutter their doors on June 14, victims of the stagnant economy. For 20 years, Dan's was the place in Philadelphia where soubrettes, divas and debutantes bargain-shopped alongside clerks, cowgirls and careerists - all for the lust of the shoemaker's last.
December 27, 2001 |
Post-Christmas bargain-hunting is a holiday tradition for Verna Powell of Sicklerville, who heads to Cherry Hill Mall every Dec. 26 to take advantage of sale prices. At the King of Prussia mall yesterday, Austin Carney of Phoenixville, Chester County, was doing what he always does - buying Christmas presents for his wife. "We take care of the kids before Christmas, and shop for each other the day after," he explained, resting on a bench. Malls throughout the region and across the nation reported brisk sales yesterday, adding a year-end spark to a lackluster year in retailing.
August 16, 2001 |
If history repeats itself, at 5 o'clock tomorrow morning, book dealers, book lovers and bargain seekers will be waiting outside Old Marple Elementary School for the 10 a.m. opening of the Newtown Public Library Book Sale. Equipped with shopping carts on loan from Acme Markets, the early-bird buyers will jump from lawn chairs when the doors open and rush inside with long lists of desired titles. They are drawn by more than 40,000 adult and children's books, audio books, and magazines, said Lawrence Graff, cochairman of the sale, which runs through Aug. 26. "The sale attracts more then 350 book dealers who come from New York, New England and Atlanta," Graff said, adding that the sale raises about $16,000 for the library.