Sam’s Club to host Open House event
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is offering some extra holiday cheer for shoppers who are looking to buy last-minute gifts and, perhaps, save some money in the process. The company is inviting the public to a three-day Holiday Open House from Friday, Dec. 20 to Sunday, Dec. 22.
The event allows shoppers to take advantage of lowered prices on the season’s hot items, like smartphones and notebooks, without paying non-member upcharges.
"Sam’s Club has introduced an unprecedented variety of new gift items this week: double the number of items that we offered last holiday," Charles Redfield, executive vice president of merchandise for Sam’s Club, said. "Winter storms have forced most of the country to postpone holiday shopping, so in the spirit of a snow make-up day, our doors are open to everyone this weekend to find exciting gifts at an amazing value."
Some holiday must-haves available at Sam’s Club include:
- Apple iPhone 5S, $119 with two year contract in-club only, all carriers
- Apple iPhone 5C, $24 with two year contract in-club only, all carriers
- ASUS 11.6" Touch Notebook Bundle, $279
- HP 15.6" Notebook , $299
- HP 15.6" Touch Notebook with Intel Corei3 processor, $499
- Nicole for OPI Gel Manicure Set , $49.98
- Premium Yoga Set, $19.81
- Air Logic Bladeless Heater , $99.81
The Open House extends to SamsClub.com, where guests can also score deals without paying non-member fees.
Survey finds misconceptions persist about flu vaccine
WASHINGTON — Consumer advocates worry that misconceptions and fears about the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccines are hindering efforts to get children vaccinated, according to a new survey.
The National Consumers League announced Tuesday the results of the survey, conducted in August and September by Harris Interactive, which included 1,756 adults, including 993 who have children. The survey found that 45% of adults who had not received a flu shot before said it was because they were in good health, while 29% expressed concerns about side effects, and 24% perceived it as ineffective. Meanwhile, one-in-five said they hadn’t received it because they didn’t perceive the flu as a serious illness, while another one-in-five was afraid of contracting the flu through vaccination. More than one-third of adults say the flu is very severe, with women more likely to say so than men.
Among parents, 31% said they had not received a vaccination because they didn’t think the flu was serious, but parents were also more likely to express concern about their children contracting the flu than any other disease from a list, except meningitis. Meanwhile, parents were more likely than the general population to avoid receiving a vaccination due to fears of contracting the flu, while 33% were highly concerned about their child contracting the flu, and 44% said their child had received vaccine.
"Getting the flu can be serious, especially to children under 5 and other high-risk groups," NCL executive director Sally Greenberg said. "In our survey, however, we found the majority of parents of a child in this age group have not had them vaccinated with the flu vaccine."
Mistic introduces gift sets for the holidays
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mistic, a maker of electronic cigarettes, on Monday announced that Walmart has added Mistic’s Ultimate Gift Set to store shelves across the nation.
“We’re experiencing tremendous demand for our products as e-cigarettes continue to provide an innovative alternative to traditional tobacco,” John Wiesehan Jr., Mistic CEO said. “Walmart is all about saving money and living better, so as the leading provider of electronic cigarettes to the Walmart consumer, we believe the holidays are a great time to package significant value into our gift set.”
The gift set, valued at over $100, retails for $59.99 at most Walmart locations. Consumers have two gift set options: Traditional or Menthol. Both include the following:
- Mistic 3 Starter Kit: two batteries, three cartridges, USB and wall charger;
- 5-pack of American Blend (Traditional set) or Cool Ice (Menthol set);
- 5-pack of 2.4% Traditional or Menthol;
- Portable charging case;
- Car charger
“This gift set is perfect for friends or relatives that smoke traditional cigarettes and may be looking to either stop or switch to a unique alternative,” Wiesehan said. “When consumers use our product, they expect exceptional taste, quality and value, and that is what we’ve achieved with this outstanding product for the holiday sales season.”