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Cyber Monday Stats you can use right NOW!

Cyber Monday Stats you can use right NOW!

43% of people didn’t like Cyber Monday last year.

Cyber Monday shopping increased by 17% from 2011 to 2012

11:25am EST – the peak time for online Cyber Monday shopping last year.

In 2013 46% of consumers will shop on Cyber Monday

Last year, 47.1% of shopping dollars were made from work computers.

13% of Cyber Monday purchases were made directly on mobile last year.

Deals and coupons on mobile: 18% of shoppers checked out discounts via mobile.

Department stores increased Cyber Monday sales by 43% from 2011 to 2012.

Consumers spent $1.465 billion in one day last Cyber Monday.

iPads rule: 90% of Cyber Monday mobile shopping was through an iPad last year.


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Cyber Monday from your desk? Think twice!

Cyber Monday from your desk? Think twice!

If you were not one of the 30 million shoppers who wrestled with his fellow man to get the best of the door busters on Black Friday in recent years, you have another chance on Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday means Black Friday from your computer and you can shop online from the comfort of home. If you are planning to shop from your office computer this Cyber Monday, think twice. Or least make a plan so you don’t get fired for it.

More companies care blocking access to on line shopping sites this year. Being careful is sound advice. The deals are great. Having it turn into a problem with your boss is not.

Lots of workers think Cyber Monday is no big deal and shopping on line is a way of life. Companies permitting on line shopping may set guidelines, limit hours of the workday that shopping is possible, or even monitor a worker’s usage to ensure the focus is on work.

More good advice, if you miss a deadline and the excuse is that you were shopping on line. Think of a better excuse.

Here are some ideas that will help you strike that “I have a job- I have to shop” balance.

  1. Learn the rules of your employer then follow them. Your company may have a policy, make sure you know the lay of the land before you log in to a shopping site.
  2. If you are allowed to shop from your desk on Cyber Monday, make your purchases and get back to work as soon as possible.
  3. Your Android or iPhone may be your constant companion and allow to you to shop on line during work hours. Take you smart phone to lunch and shop then. You don’t want to be head down in your smart phone with work undone.
  4. There is always a chance that your invite a virus into the company network. IT works continuously to lock down the company network. Use your head and avoid possibly malicious links or sites that could infect the company network.

2012 was a banner year for Cyber Monday with sales topping one billion dollars for the day. If you must shop from your desk, make sure work comes first then click away.



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Are retailers taking Black Friday too far?

Are retailers taking Black Friday too far?

black friday shoppers

Black Friday is just around the corner, and retailers are racing to advertise blockbuster deals and their extended hours. Many of the major retailers will open at midnight or earlier on Thanksgiving or sooner, which has sparked backlash from some employees. In the future, will Black Friday always begin on Thursday night?  Retailers are even dealing with shoppers who are camping out a week in advance to be first in line for TVs, Playstations, Androids, iPads, iPhones, and whatever else is on sale at blow out prices this year.

There is a whole list of major retailers ready to go for this year’s Black Friday and a good number of them will be opening at midnight and some as early as 10pm, Thursday. The plan to open earlier on Thanksgiving is an attempt to goose sales. Sales forecasts this year are said to be just half of last year’s numbers. In recent years, as many as 22 million shoppers braved turkey coma a day later and went shopping.

Workers with family plans are upset with this year’s plan to start late Thursday. Some retailers are scheduling workers for 9 PM on Thanksgiving as they get ready to open as early as 10PM on Thanksgiving night. Not enough time to do the dishes!

Mary Ann, 33, is upset about her schedule, a cashier at a large discount department store, “My family dinner on Thanksgiving will still be on the table and I will be off to work. Why do they need to do such things? Last year, we had more than 50,000 customers over a three day period during Black Friday weekend. My store made loads of money. Now that’s not good enough this year. I am upset that after all the family commotion at my house I won’t even be able to get a nap before a crazy 10 hour shift. When did they think I was going to sleep?”

Some of Mary Ann’s co workers have resigned rather than work the new crazy Black Friday hours. “I feel bad for some of these guys that need their jobs. The company has them over a barrel. We work hard all year and now they want more from us” says, Mary Ann.

What is uncertain is whether shoppers will follow the retailer’s lead and flood the stores on Thanksgiving evening. No one knows for sure. The tradition is to get out on Friday morning and hit the stores early for the hottest deals. Some shoppers even go as far as keeping a tradition of sleeping on the doorstep of their favorite shops to be first in the store on Friday. For retailers with sleep over shoppers, it is a great opportunity to serve hot coffee and snacks ahead of the opening. How are they going to welcome shoppers on Thursday evening?

It will be interesting to see how workers respond after having to head into work Thursday night. For some, Thanksgiving has been the only day all the stores are closed. Thanksgiving celebrations let families unwind and relax and gives people a chance to re-charge. With the economy so bad and the stores so hungry for big holiday sales numbers, something has to give. Looks like some of us will be working Thursday night and won’t be too happy about it.

How about you? Are you willing to get in the car at 3 AM and drive to Best Buy, Walmart or where ever for save a few bucks? Hmmmm. This year, I started saving my Christmas dollars in January and had all my gifts bought and hidden away by August. Hey, who the remote? Hey, who is getting the firewood? Warm up some of that Brie would ya? I want a little snack after my nap!

Happy holiday shopping y’all!

dp@large is in front of the fireplace!



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dp@large funny gifs #11

dp@large funny gifs #11

Just Gorillas havin’ fun!

Just Gorillas havin' fun

Never a shortage of dumbasses

No shortage of dumbasses... ever!

His girl left him already and even Mom is embarrassed after this!

Seriously what did he expect?  

His girl left him already and even Mom is embarrassed now!

The helmet was a good idea …what was the knife for?

The helmet is a good idea until the spider leaps inside of it

OK one more then I have to get back to work and you do too!

Cats just don’t take any crap!

Dogs are smarter than cats

Yes…. the government is still shut down. The obama thing website still doesn’t work.

Have a beer and think of me!

Alfred E Newman

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The 10 most easily stolen ATM card PINs

The 10 most easily stolen ATM card PINs.

How safe are your debit and credit cards?


Did you know that 11% of PIN numbers in the US begin with 19**?

Identity theft and fraud affect millions of Americans every year. And depending on how much thought you put into your personalized PIN, you could be at a greater risk than you realized.

So what constitutes a safe PIN number? A new study from DataGenetics lists the top 10 most-used PINs. And because they are the most commonly used PIN numbers, they are by default the least safe PINs.

According to Forbes, the United States and Mexico are home to the greatest number of credit and debit card thefts around the globe. Forty-two percent of Americans say they have suffered from some form of card fraud, a study from Aite Group and ACI Worldwide shows.

The Department of Justice says that about 10 percent of all Americans suffer from credit card fraud each yearand another 7 percent have their debit cards hacked or stolen. More than $5.5 billion in theft is attributed to credit card fraud each year.

The DataGenetics study says that credit and debit card thieves are able to successfully guess more than 25 percent of stolen card PINs within 20 attempts.

And no surprise: the worst PINs are those that are overly simple or sequenced, i.e. “1234.”

WTOP notes that the best PIN numbers are those “with no special significance.” And in the case of the study, DataGenetics said the least used PIN is “8068.”

The 10 most-used PINs:

  1. 1234
  2. 1111
  3. 0000
  4. 1212
  5. 7777
  6. 1004
  7. 2000
  8. 4444
  9. 2222
  10. 6969

I would go to the bank and change mine right away.  Don’t post your new PIN on Facebook either!


Mars Rat

Mars rat.  Mars rat?  I smell a rat!

Mars Rat Big

Could it be… ‘or was it shopped?  Naw… or should I say KNAWsorry.

Whatever your opinion. There now exists a Mars rock photo that resembles a rodent scuttling across the surface of the red planet. It is going around the ‘net with great speed too. It is even getting a twitter name.  Before you know it, there will be Mars Rat selfies, and wall paper for your iphone and android.

Yep. Only on this planet can a rock on another planet cause such a stir. Maybe we have too much time on our hands. Or maybe we need to get out and walk in the woods instead of pondering the heavens in front of our ipads for hours on end.

UFO buffs spotted the purported “Mars rat” in a panoramic photo snapped in September 2012 by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Zooming in on a portion of the image reveals what appears to be a rodent crouching between two rocks, its nose to the ground.

“It’s a cute rodent on Mars. Note its lighter-color upper and lower eyelids, its nose and cheek areas, its ear, its front leg and stomach,”

Okay, here we go with the conspiracy theory… Did NASA fly the rodent and release him/her on the planet to see what would happen… Debate, debate, debate. No way… couldn’t survive the cold.  Here comes PETA.  Nancy Grace is in the parking lot with a live feed.

The Mars rat has now gone viral and is even oh dp@large… now you know it’s big! So let’s keep it going.  Like my blog… follow me on twitter… @dplatlarge. and buy some damn advertising.. fill in the form and I will send you a one pager on how to buy a block ad. It’s cheap… but more than that.. it’s the right thing to do.

Is it Pareidolia?  I think so.  What is Pareidolia…  ( i had to look it too, I’m not that smart) Pareidolia refers to the tendency of the human brain to perceive animals or other familiar shapes in vague or random images. The phenomenon has fueled a great deal of excited speculation about the Red Planet over the years, most famously after some people saw a humanoid face on Mars in photos taken by NASA’s Viking 1 orbiter in 1976.

Whatever it is and however it got there, it sure is interesting.

Time for a cheeseburger!  Anyone care to join me?