Monthly Archives: December 2011

Sacramento Christmas Tree Disposal & Holiday Trends

As this past Christmas is quickly becoming a memory it’s interesting to look back on the top holiday shopping trends for the year. While it is true that the traditional brick and mortar stores had a really good season with strong sales beginning over the Black Friday weekend, it’s the online retailers who really got a boost this holiday. How much of a boost? Try 15% more shoppers then last year. This meant that a record $1.25 billion was spent on Cyber Monday alone.
One of the things that enticed these online shoppers was another trend for the holiday season which was free shipping. Nine out of ten online retailers offered free shipping on most of their orders. It was only those procrastinators who waited until the last minute that had to pay extra for shipping.
Speaking of procrastinators, that was also one of the top holiday shopping trends for 2011. By some estimates up to one quarter of all holiday shoppers didn’t even start their shopping until at least one week before Christmas. In some cases those shoppers turned out to be the smart ones because the closer it came to December 24 the more prices were slashed. Then there was the self-gifting trend. It turns out that six in 10 shoppers said they were also buying gifts for themselves. And why not? They were good all year saving money weren’t they?
As for the big winner in online retailing that prize has to once again go to Amazon. They took the holiday shopping season very seriously by offering Black Friday deals 24 days before the actual Black Friday. They also encouraged most of their customers to go shopping for an item in the store then come back to Amazon and buy it at a reduced price. That’s just what many holiday shoppers did.
Of course, another major trend for this and every other holiday season is the gift returning. This makes shopping the day after Christmas almost as crazy as the day after Thanksgiving. Even though there might be as much as $47 billion of returns this year that’s not necessarily bad news for the economy. Most of those returns end up being in store credit which means more products will end up being sold. As for the gift, cards they keep the spending for months to come which is another great boost to the economy.
Beyond studying the shopping trends, the other tradition for the holiday is actually taking down all the holiday decorations. Even if you wait until after New Year’s you want to make sure to get that Christmas tree out of the house as quickly as possible before it becomes too dried up. You’ll need to make arrangements with Sacramento’s top Junk Hauling team – Junk King –  to take away your Christmas tree. But don’t just use them for the Christmas tree; let them take away all your big boxes, bags of gift wrapping, and any other pieces of junk you want to toss out!

Sacramento Scrap Metal Removal

At the end of every year there are all kinds of lists put together to add up the facts and figures of the previous 365 days. Among the popular lists are the top 10 picks from critics for favorite movies, television shows and recordings. There are also some dubious lists that are put out each year such as the list of which are the most popular cars that thieves have stolen. That particular list is provided by the National Insurance Crime Bureau who is a nonprofit insurance organization monitoring crime statistics from around the country. While you might think that car thieves are just on the lookout for the fast and furious cars like BMW or Jaguar the truth is that the most popular cars to steal are also the most common cars on the road. This is because the car thieves are stealing these automobiles to strip them down for their parts and not necessarily resell them.
For 2011 the 10 most popular cars that were stolen by thieves was the Chrysler 300 Hemi, the GMC Yukon, the Chevrolet Avalanche 1500, the Ford F-350 pickup, the Chrysler 300, the GMC Sierra 1500, the Ford F–450, the Chevy Silverado, the Ford F-250 and the Cadillac Escalade. This information shouldn’t dissuade you from buying one of those models if that’s what you have your eye on. It just might mean you need to take a look at extra precaution in terms of making sure your car alarm works properly or that you have an antitheft device like a Lojack that can track your car in case it is stolen.
Another popular item for thieves to target is scrap metal. This would pretty much mean any kind of metal that is gathered together in a pile waiting to be tossed out. Even metal in the form of old kitchen appliances like a stove or refrigerator could be a tempting target for a scrap metal thief. For a thief dealing in scrap metal they need to get as much of that together as possible because they’re only going to be making pennies on the dollar. This could mean that savvy thieves roam through neighborhoods looking for scrap metal that they can fill a truck up with. So what do you have lying around your own backyard? Is there a pile of scrap metal that needs to be disposed of? While it is true that you might find some recycling centers that would pay for your scrap metal you probably won’t make enough money to justify your time and expenses.
First of all, you’re probably going to have to rent a truck to haul away that scrap metal. Secondly, you’re going to be spending several hours driving to the closest facility which in reality is on the far outskirts of Sacramento. It would be so much easier and more cost-effective for you to just hire a team of professional Sacramento junk haulers and use their own manpower and truck to cart off all your scrap metal – we’re talking Junk King Sacramento. Stay safe by locking up your car and getting rid of your junk!
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