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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The new last minute

shipping_deadlines.jpg As in the new last minute shopping deadline. I got this as part of a much bigger email in my inbox tonight. My first thought was that Amazon is clearly trying to grab its share of last minute shoppers. Maybe.

But, last minute online shopping definitely won't replace the thrill feeling of desperation of getting off work on Christmas Eve, running from store to store (if any are still open), and trying to figure out just what might assuage all that guilt.

Speaking of last minute gifts, a new law goes into effect in Illinois next month that will make gift cards more appealing to givers and givees (SJ-R: New law will ease use of gift cards):

A state law taking effect next month aims to make gift cards and gift certificates more consumer-friendly by giving recipients five years to spend them.
In addition, the recipients wonít be charged fees that diminish the value of the card or certificate. Some gift cards presently charge consumers a fee if they donít spend all of the cardís value within a specified period of time.

Good to know. Walgreens is already ahead of the new law with its own brand gift card which has no fees. And, since we're being overrun by Walgreens, that's good to know, too.

Listening to Jingle Bells as performed by Booker T and the MGs (without words, so I can sing it in my best Peggy Lee).

Posted by Marie at December 18, 2007 11:07 PM

Comments

Sorry I can' hear it. Love Peggy Lee.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at December 19, 2007 8:25 AM

Ah, Xmas Eve. Well, I could tell you about the time I woke up at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve one year -- I was working midnights at the time -- and the only store that would let me in was our equivalent to a super-Walgreens. That cut down on my shopping options, anyway. Then I swung by Telegraph Avenue, just south of the UC campus, to see if any of the street vendors were still selling. It was getting dark and they were folding up their tables and leaving. I did managed to score two scraggly little Christmas trees from one guy who was going to put them in a Dumpster (did you know Dumpster is a trademark?). It wasn't "The Gift of the Magi," but it was definitely a bluesy and memorable evening.

Posted by: Dan at December 24, 2007 11:29 AM