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Macy's has issues with credit card system on Black Friday

Macy's has issues with credit card system on Black Friday
Macy's credit card system appeared to struggle to process transactions nationwide on Black Friday, causing delays at brick-and-mortar stores and outages online. Users on Twitter complained of issues when trying to purchase items. Related: Lowe's website goes down temporarily on Black Friday "Sorry shoppers! macys.com is temporarily closed for scheduled site improvements as we work to bring you a better shopping experience," one Twitter user posted a screenshot of an error mes…
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Club store shopping makes you spend and eat more

Club store shopping makes you spend and eat more
Club stores bring together many of America's prized consumer values: efficiency, convenience and savings. But people shopping at warehouse club stores like Costco, BJ's or Sam's Club, are spending more on packaged food, making more shopping trips, and taking in more packaged food calories than if they didn't shop at a club store, according to a new study. "You think you're saving money and getting ahead, but it's not good for your health and it's not good for your pocket book,"…
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Jeff Bezos is now worth $100 billion

Jeff Bezos is now worth $100 billion
If you're one of the millions shopping on Amazon on Black Friday, congratulations: You helped make Jeff Bezos a $100 billion man. Bezos, the founder and largest shareholder of Amazon, reached the 12-digit milestone for the first time, according to Bloomberg, one of the two major services that track the real-time net worth of the world's richest people. Forbes, the other service, shows him just scraping by, with $99.6 billion to his name. Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) stock climbed 2.…
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Cyber Monday: your sales guide

Cyber Monday: your sales guide
If you didn't get your deals fix with all the Black Friday sales, don't worry: Cyber Monday is coming. As more consumers prefer to shop online than in actual stores, retailers are offering some hefty online promotions this year to get people clicking. In fact, Adobe expects Cyber Monday to be the biggest online shopping day in history, bringing in $6.6 billion in sales this year. Shoppers can expect to get deals on TVs, electronics, toys and home goods. Here's a look at som…
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JCPenney coupon change leaves customers confused

JCPenney coupon change leaves customers confused
For the past few years, Stephanie Lugo and Jose Irizarry made JCPenney the first stop on Black Friday. The embattled retailer would typically give out coupons at the door that would save them anywhere between $10 and $500. This year, they were disappointed to find that there were no coupons available. "I'm very surprised and annoyed," Lugo said outside the midtown Manhattan location. She added that the prices were good enough for her to make some purchases, but that she "abso…
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Lowe's website goes down temporarily on Black Friday

Lowe's website goes down temporarily on Black Friday
It's a retailer's worst nightmare on Black Friday: its website goes down. That happened to Lowe's website Friday morning. The home improvement retailer's site experienced a temporary outage. Customers trying to shop Black Friday deals on the site took to Twitter to complain. "@Lowes My cart was full and now the website is down!" wrote one Twitter user. The retailer wrote back: "We apologize our web site is down for maintenance. It will be available soon." Related: Online…
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Things Worth Spending Max Money On For A Better Life

Things Worth Spending Max Money On For A Better Life
It’s good to be frugal. If you are, you’ll likely never get into financial trouble. I was very frugal saving between 50% – 70% of my after tax income until about age 35. Then I decided there was no point saving so much money if I wasn’t going to live a little. Instead of trying to walk the entire city of Budapest, I ponied up 30 Euros like a baller to get on the Hop On Hop Off bus. Instead of just having lemon water with my rib-eye steak, I started ordering a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. As…
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How a top cosmetics brand plans to win Muslim business

How a top cosmetics brand plans to win Muslim business
Slammed by a political standoff with China earlier this year, South Korea's biggest cosmetics maker is trying to build new markets in Asia by launching products that appeal to Muslim customers. Amorepacific Group's travel retail sales fell by 40% in the quarter that ended in June, when Chinese tourists were unofficially barred from visiting South Korea during a dispute over a missile defense system. The slump underscored just how much the conglomerate was leaning on China, whic…
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CBS and Dish Network reach deal to end blackout

CBS and Dish Network reach deal to end blackout
It may not have been in time for the NFL on Thanksgiving, but CBS and Dish Network finally struck a deal. They announced a multi-year agreement late Thursday night to return CBS-owned stations to the satellite network. Terms were not disclosed. "We are pleased we have reached a deal with Dish, who recognizes the value that the number one network brings to viewers in these markets," Ray Hopkins, CBS' president of television networks distribution, said in a statement. The two s…
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Uma Thurman turns anger on Harvey Weinstein in Instagram post

Uma Thurman turns anger on Harvey Weinstein in Instagram post
Actress Uma Thurman broke her silence over allegations of sexual harassment in Hollywood with a Thanksgiving message saying she has "a few reasons" to be angry -- and took a shot at Harvey Weinstein at the same time. In the message posted on her Instagram, Thurman uses the hashtag #MeToo and tells her fans she'll provide more details when she's ready. Last month, the actress said she was too angry to share her thoughts on sexual harassment allegations against major players in Hollywood.…
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Online holiday shopping scams to watch out for

Online holiday shopping scams to watch out for
An estimated 164 million Americans are considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. And for the first time, more shoppers say they plan to shop online than at big box retailers like Walmart and Target. As consumers hunt for holiday deals and shift their purchasing online, it's also the prime time for scammers to steal data and money. Here are some tips for protecting yourself online this holiday shopping season. 1. Be extra …
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The U.S. government's long history of suing AT&T

The U.S. government's long history of suing AT&T
Few companies in history have faced as much antitrust scrutiny as AT&T. The Justice Department has sued the company more than a dozen times over the past century, including several landmark cases. 1913: Kingsbury Commitment. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, and the company he formed (which eventually became AT&T) was a monopoly by 1907. As the company took over the nation's communications system, many Americans believed that the government would take over A…
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Hurricane-struck businesses face rebuilding again -- and again

Hurricane-struck businesses face rebuilding again -- and again
It had only been a matter of months since Helen and Andy Viola reopened their St. Augustine, Florida, restaurant after the last major hurricane when Hurricane Irma dealt them another blow. In 2016, when Hurricane Matthew hit Viola's Pizza, Pasta and Seafood, it "completely devastated the restaurant," Helen said. "Everything we opened, water poured out of," said Andy. "We were kind of an emotional wreck." The couple had to replace waterlogged equipment and spoiled inventory. Alt…
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Regulators question Google over location data

Regulators question Google over location data
Google is facing scrutiny for reportedly collecting data about the location of smartphone users without their knowledge. Regulators in South Korea summoned Google (GOOGL, Tech30) representatives this week to question them about a report that claimed the company was collecting data from Android devices even when location services were disabled. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) "is carrying out an inquiry into the claims that Google collected users' Cell ID data without …
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Investing Blog Roundup: State-wide Automatic Enrollment

Investing Blog Roundup: State-wide Automatic Enrollment
New Here? Get the Free Newsletter Oblivious Investor offers a free newsletter providing tips on low-maintenance investing, tax planning, and retirement planning. Join over 17,000 email subscribers: Articles are published Monday and Friday. You can unsubscribe at any time. Investing Blog Roundup: State-wide Automatic Enrollment I hope you all enjoyed the holiday yesterday. There will be no article this upcoming Monday, as we’ll be spending time with family visiting from out of town. The regula…
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