The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally known as "Black Friday" because that is when Christmas season starts and many stores go into the green for the year.However, in recent years, stores opened earlier and earlier, with people lining up at 4:00AM to ensure being the first in the store for "hot specials" or items expected to be in short supply. On occasion, people have been trampled to death in the mad rush to get into stores.This Thanksgiving, many stores have pushed up the clock to open at Midnight instead of 5 or 6 AM.
The raunchy adult comedy “Ted” beat a pair of action films in pre-holiday sales of DVD and Blu-ray discs, with humor trumping the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and newcomer “The Bourne Legacy” as well as the animated “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” But “Ted” barely cracked the top 10 when it came to DVD and Blu-ray rentals.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp said on Monday that it will join the Blu-ray Disc Association -- its former enemy in a bitter format war -- to make blu-ray players by year-end to tap demand for high-definition home movies.
I took the plunge and bought a Blu-ray player Monday, on sale at $300 instead of the $600 list. Since $300 was my reservation price, I derived no consumer surplus. But its absence was made up for when I logged onto Netflix to receive Blu-ray instead of DVD disks in the mail. [...]