Unstructured Finance

‘Cause they’ve got … high hopes

October 31, 2006

santa.jpgOkay, so their jobs really do depend on it, but two-thirds of the retail chief marketing officers surveyed by consulting firm BDO Seidman LLP think U.S. holiday sales will be higher this year.

Move over Halloween

October 27, 2006

wii.jpgForget scary costumes and trick-or-treating. Hard core gamers have their eyes on November — when Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s PlayStation 3 video game consoles will finally be released. The hunt is already on to figure out how one of the scarce consoles can be secured.

Want fries with that $4 cholesterol-lowering drug?

October 26, 2006

Ever wonder how Wal-Mart shoppers are spending the money they save with cut-price $4 generic prescriptions? Apparently, some of thedrugs.jpgm are eating fast food.

Bebe back on the runway

October 20, 2006

bebe4.jpg    Bebe Inc. showed its high-end collection line Wednesday night at Los Angeles Fashion Week, the second time the mall-based retailer has thrown a runway show in front of an enthusiastic crowd that included Mischa Barton, the former “O.C.” star who is the current face of the company.
    Besides the glitterati, also in attendance were financial analysts Christine Chen of Pacific Growth Equities and Brean Murray, Carret’s Eric Beder, who both praised the exclusively black and white line — most of which does not end up in stores — while disagreeing over the value of such a show.
    Chen, who says the shows are a good way of brand building due to the press they generate, saw some wearable flowy gowns that could have broad cross-over appeal at Bebe’s stores. She said that the company could further exploit the strength of the collection by including more of such pieces in stores, where typical garments include sexy, body-conscious looks aimed at women in their 20s and 30s.

What are you shopping for?

October 20, 2006

Apparently, a lot of you are still looking for Elmo.

Here are the top 25 search terms on Yahoo Shopping for October 8 through 14.  ipod tmx elmo elmo tmx shoes elmo books halloween costumes gps ipod nano tickle me elmo furniture cars cell phones psp pets tires xbox 360 mp3 toys Halloween laptop cell phone Coach costumes mp3 player


Let the hunt begin

October 20, 2006

thanksgivingshopping.jpg  Remember when Christmas shopping would start the day after Thanksgiving?

Those days are long gone. Wal-Mart already brought us closer to Black Friday by cutting prices on more than 100 games and toys.

What would you bid for an Elmo?

October 19, 2006

elmo2.jpgThe hunt for T.M.X. Elmo is on, and it’s not a pretty one.

Since T.M.X. went on sale in September, the $40 furry red doll from Mattel has been flying off store shelves and winding up for resale at huge mark-ups on online.

Brush-a, Brush-a, Brush-a

October 18, 2006

beyonce-knowles1.jpgThis couldn’t have been what Englishman William Addis had in mind when he invented the first toothbrush ever to be mass-produced back in 1780.

Shopping with couch potatoes

October 18, 2006

kart.jpgFor those harried parents seeking peace on earth — or at least in the grocery store — this holiday season, a New Zealand company called Cabco has just the thing. Shopping carts that show cartoons. A godsend for parents, or another step toward the destruction of U.S. civilization?

A billion-dollar scare

October 16, 2006

RosieIt began as a pagan festival celebrated by the Celts in Ireland and Britain and crossed the Atlantic Ocean with nearly 2 million Irish immigrants amid the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1849.