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Toys ‘R’ Us offering layaway for big-ticket items

BY CSA STAFF

Wayne, N.J. Toys “R” Us is introducing a layaway program for larger-ticket items such as bikes and cribs ahead of the holiday season, the company said Monday. The program is effective immediately in stores nationwide. Customers can put a variety of items on hold and make a series of payments until the item is paid in full.

The company said the program is likely to keep going after the holidays, though terms may change.

Products included in the program include bikes, doll houses, play kitchens, karaoke machines, car seats, cribs, strollers and other items.

Customers putting a product on layaway must deposit 20% of the item’s price, all applicable taxes and a $10 service charge. Payments may be made in stores at any time. Items must be paid for by Dec. 6 to be available for pickup before Christmas, the company said, and items will be available seven to 10 days after the final payment.

A $5 fee applies to canceled orders. Terms may vary by state.

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Best Buy wants to see your ‘scariest’ technology

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MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy has launched a new Web site, inviting customers to submit photos of their “scariest” old technology for the chance to win a number of prizes.

Through Oct. 26, visitors to the Web site www.ScaryTechnology.com are encouraged to enter photos of their “scary” technology, from a VCR thats eat tapes to a screeching dial-up modem, along with a caption to bring the photo to life.

 

One grand prize winner will receive a home theater makeover from Insignia and Rocketfish, with complete Geek Squad installation (a total value up to $3,500). In addition one first runner up will receive a $1,500 Best Buy gift card, and one second runner up will receive a $1,000 Best Buy gift card.

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Destination Maternity re-launches Two Hearts line at Sears, Kmart

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PHILADELPHIA Destination Maternity annonced that it is re-launching its Two Hearts Maternity by Destination Maternity collection exclusively at Sears and Kmart stores. The rollout of the Two Hearts collection began in early October and will reach approximately 523 Sears locations and approximately 100 Kmart locations by the end of the month.

The Two Hearts Maternity collection features dresses, swimwear, lingerie and sleepwear. Most items are priced under $25, according to the company.

 

The Two Hearts Maternity collection was previously offered in Sears stores from April 2004 through June 2008. The re-birth of the line, renamed to include the Destination Maternity byline, represents an opportunity to offer great fashion and value to Sears and Kmart Moms-to-be.

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