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Travel Channel, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment release new DVD collections for hit shows

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment is releasing two DVD collections under the company’s exclusive home video license agreement with Travel Channel.

The company has debuted "Ghost Adventures Season 4." "Ghost Adventures" follows Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin, a trio that visits some of the nation’s most notoriously haunted places and spaces. Such places visited include the Stanley Hotel — the site that inspired Stephen King’s "The Shining" — in addition to a corrupt funeral home located in Seattle and Gettysburg, Pa.

The company also has released "The Dead Files: Collection 1." The show follows medium Amy Allan and former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi as they combine skills in an attempt to uncover paranormal phenomena across America.

"Ghost Adventures Season 4" DVD is comprises of three discs, has a run time of 516 minutes and a suggested retail price of $24.98. "The Dead Files: Collection 1" DVD set is comprised of two discs, has a run time of 387 minutes and a suggested retail price of $19.98. Both collections now are available wherever DVDs are sold.

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Deep discounter Fred’s to begin accepting American Express

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK 

American Express and Fred’s on Friday announced the launch of a special three-month American Express Cardmember offer beginning in September to celebrate the recent card acceptance agreement between the two companies.

"We strive to provide our customers with a quick and convenient shopping experience and the acceptance of the American Express Card makes shopping even easier by offering more flexibility in their payment choices," stated Tracy Herr, VP advertising at Fred’s.

From Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, American Express Cardmembers can earn a one-time $10 statement credit by using their synched American Express Card to make a single purchase of at least $30 in store at any Fred’s.

 

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Survey: BTS shopping shows surge in coupon use

BY Katherine Field Boccaccio

AUSTIN, Texas — A survey released by coupon site RetailMeNot found that coupon use for back-to-school shopping surged this year, particularly for retailers selling books, school supplies and apparel.

According to RetailMeNot, which measured coupon usage during the July 1 to Aug. 20 selling period, as compared with the prior three months, the average daily coupon clicks increased more than 130% for book retailers, more than 40% for merchants selling back-to-school supplies and more than 30% for stores selling apparel and shoes.

RetailMeNot also announced the findings of a survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, which revealed new shopping patterns among consumers with children headed back or already back in the classroom. Results included:

  • More than half (59%) of parents said they usually finish their back-to-school shopping by the end of summer;

  • Forty-seven percent said they will finish the bulk of their back-to-school shopping in August; 8% said they are usually done in July; 3% in June; and 2% before the previous school year even ends;

  • Nearly 3-in-10 parents (28%) report that they usually finish the bulk of their back-to-school shopping at some point in September; and

  • By region, parents in the Northeast are more likely to finish the bulk of their shopping sometime in September (45%) as compared with those from the West (28%), Midwest (26%), or South (22%).

Although the majority of parents said that they began their back-to-school shopping over the summer, when asked how far along they are once school actually starts, fewer than 4-in-10 (37%) said that they are done with their shopping by the start of school. About 3-in-10 (28%) parents said that they usually have a few things still left to buy for their children but that they are mostly done; 9% said they still have several key items they need to purchase; and 4% said they are nowhere near done.

Additionally, about 1-in-10 (11%) said that they like to shop after the start of the school year to see what their children’s actual needs are.

The survey found that in-store shopping is far preferable to online, with 83% of parents opting to do back-to-school shopping in stores, and 8% preferring to do so online.

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