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QVC Celebrates Our Mom’s 80th Birthday, Groundhog Day, With Special Festivities

February 2, 2010

Phil a year ago, but we're betting on Essex Ed this year and his prediction of an early spring

Maybe because it’s based in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil’s home state, but QVC is going all out for Groundhog Day.

First of all, the No. 1 home shopping channel is offering four Easy Pays on all its merchandise Tuesday.

Second, the network aired a clip of Phil, with a crowd of oflicials and locals watching, coming out and seeing his shadow, meaning that we are in for six more weeks of winter.

And QVC host Dave James is doing a live Groundhog Day Webcast until 6 p.m.

New Jersey has its own groundhog weatherman, “Essex Ed,” who Monday did his own prediction at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, N.J., just about five minutes from our house. Ed didn’t see his shadow, according to The Star-Ledger, so he is predicting an early spring, unlike Phil today in Pa.

But that’s not why today’s a holiday. It’s our mom’s 80th birthday today! Happy birthday Mama, and many more to come. We love you.

QVC Racks Up Record $32 Million In Black Friday Sales, But What Does Poor 28-Hour Host Dave James Get?

November 28, 2009

We told you a QVC press release on Black Friday would be forthcoming, and here it is, released Saturday.

QVC enjoyed its biggest Black Friday ever, ringing up more than $32 million in orders – a 60 percent increase over last year’s Black Friday sales. More than 765,000 units were ordered in a 24-hour period, according to the home shopping network.

QVC mounted the most aggressive Black Friday event in its 23-year history. The network’s holiday weekend kicked off early, Thanksgiving evening, with “The New Black Friday,” a special programming event meant to keep shoppers at home rather than visiting their local malls.

QVC offered three Today’s Special Value offers (items presented at exceptionally low prices, for a specific period of time) instead of the usual one, and had specially priced deals in every hour of programming.

QVC CEO and president Mike George

“Our merchandising team worked incredibly hard to find the most special gift-giving ideas on the market and price them competitively,” QVC president and CEO Mike George said in a canned statement. “And, as always, the entire QVC organization delivered a fun, stress-free shopping experience for our customers. Given the successful results – our largest Black Friday in our company’s 23-year history – it’s clear that their hard work paid off,”

Said George, “We’re thrilled with the overwhelming response we received from our customers and will continue to strive to be their preferred destination for holiday shopping.”

Largely contributing to QVC’s Black Friday success was the Sylvania Digital Camcorder with a 2” LCD Color Display, one of the three Today’s Special Value offers, selling out of more than 200,000 units.

Additional top sellers from the day included the Sharper Image Entertainment Projector, the Playhut Travel Lounger with Removable Slumber Bag and Storage Tote, the Nintendo Wii Gaming System with Accessory Case and Games and the Olympus 12 MP, 5x Optical Zoom Camera.

QVC.com also played an integral role, contributing more than 40 percent of the day’s sales.

The press release made no mention of poor host Dave James, who stayed live for 28 hours straight — on the air and via Webcast — for the Black Friday event.

Give the poor man credit for his contribution to the day’s blockbuster sales, CEO George! How about combat pay for James?

A Review Of ‘Dreck,’ QVC’s 28-Hour Black Friday Extravaganza

November 28, 2009

In the next few days we are sure QVC will put out a press release about the robust sales from its 28-hour Black Friday event. We bet the revenue breaks records.

But we’re in the camp of viewers who were disappointed at the consumer-electronics-heavy assortment of goods, and bland “gift shows,” that QVC had on the air Friday. If fact, some irritated posters on QVC’s online forums rather eloquently summed up our sentiments.

In a thread titled, “In all my 20 years as a Q customer,” poster Bungo went on to write “I have NEVER seen such dreck as I have seen for this holiday season.”

“Dreck,” for those who don’t know, is derived from Yiddish and German and means “trash, rubbish,” according to Merriam-Webster.

Online poster Moonsista agreed with Bungo, writing, “22 years here and I agree. It’s like they drag out the cheapest, chintziest stuff made in China that they can find….I’m also tired of the same things over and over – the Floxite mirror, ClickFree external hard drive, Philosophy Amazing Grace, Mrs. Prindable’s, etc.”

Gardensla posted, “I’m into my second decade with the Q too and I totally agree with your assessment AND use of words to describe holiday 2009. Where are the high quality great priced jewelry items we’d all like to give? What happened to the really luxe cashmere scarf and glove sets of yore that were perfect SIL gifts?”

She went on, “And, how can you do holiday without lovely pajama and robe sets? Instead we get slankets, flashlight and coffeemakers — all of which I can buy for less at Target. Q always touts its amazing buying power due to its size and clout in the industry. Why then aren’t they offering the super items at way below retail prices of the past?”

Other QVC posters complained that the home shopping network wasn’t offering free shipping and handling, and that it had very few Easy Pays available.

We know why QVC programmed Black Friday the way it did. All the home shopping networks, including QVC, are shifting their product mix away from pricey jewelry, whose sales have nosedived. They are stocking more of the hot-selling consumer electronics items.

But for customers like us, who became home shopping network fans because of their huge assortment of jewelry at great prices, a Dell laptop or pocket camcorder is not going to float our boat.

By the way, we were too tired to stay up and watch, but did host Dave James survive his 28-hours straight on the air for Black Friday?

QVC, Let ‘Black Friday’ Host Dave James Go Home, After 20-Plus Hours On-Air He’s Getting ‘Zombiefied’

November 27, 2009

What a trooper QVC host Dave James is! But get the man some strong coffee, or drugs. Or better yet, cite QVC for cruel and unusual punishment of its employees.

For QVC’s big Black Friday event, James is appearing live for the network for 28 hours straight. He started at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. If he’s not on the air live, he is appearing on a Webcast, showing viewers a behind-the-scenes look at QVC.

About 4:45 p.m. Friday, we checked out the Webcast and saw James with fellow host Sharon Faetsch. He was using a Dell laptop that is going to be tomorrow’s Today’s Special Value, and he looked like he needed toothpicks to keep his eyes open.

Sharon Faetsch

“He’s a little zombiefied at this point,” said Faetsch, since James had been on 20 hours straight by that time.

“I can only close one eye at a time, or I’ll fall asleep,” he said at one point.

James could barely feign interest in Faetsch’s babbling about a taco-egg recipe. Finally, he got up and said he was taking a break.

“I’ll be back in just a few minutes,” James said. “Guys, I’m going to cut off my microphone.”

Thank God. It’s embarrassing when you leave you mic on when you’re in the bathroom. Didn’t Leslie Nielsen do that in one of his movie comedies, maybe “Naked Gun”?

James took such a long time getting back that Faetsch brought out a life-sized photo of him and sat it next to her, and then she had a backstage crew member come up and chat with her.

James is a pro, and it was amazing to see him summon up his energy and perk up when he want back on live TV.

Behind the scenes, we saw James being told he was going to have to do a “walkaround” with a cameraman with a Steadicam.

In between all this, James was concerned about the score for the Alabama-Auburn game. We know nothing about college football, but he was rooting for Alabama.

“Roll (Crimson) Tide, roll,” he said.

Some posters on QVC’s forums complained that looking at the Webcast “was like watching paint dry,” but we actually enjoyed watching Faetsch squirm when James took so long to come back from his break.

Amy Stran

And we heard this behind-the-scenes tidbit: “We’re going to have to be quiet when we go where Jane (Treacy) is selling,” the stage manager told James.

As we turned off the Webcast, host Amy Stran, a former cast member of the soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” had just joined James.

At one point, Stran and Faetsch were chastised by a stage manager for talking about one of their wedding-ring sets while James was chatting to his wife on the phone about the football game.

“You can’t have two conversations,” the stage manager said, noting that viewers — like us — were hearing everyone talk at once.

QVC, let James go home.

QVC Aims To ‘Redefine’ Black Friday With 28 Hours Of Non-Stop Shopping: Give Thanks For Three Today’s Special Values

November 23, 2009

In a PR Blitz that even caught the Associated Press’s attention, QVC Monday announced it is looking to give brick-and-mortar stores a run for shoppers’ money on Black Friday.

In a press release, QVC claimed it “is seeking to redefine Black Friday by offering all of the deals shoppers are looking for, with none of the craziness.”

To kick off “The New Black Friday, QVC is inviting America to get a jump-start on its post-turkey gift shopping with 28 hours of nonstop holiday shopping,” we are told.

The games Thursday, Thanksgiving evening, at 8 p.m. and continue until Friday at 11:59 p.m.

QVC Host Dave James

“When conventional retailers zig, QVC zags,” Claire Watts, QVC’s president of U.S. Commerce, said in a prepared statement. “This year, we’re joining the Black Friday fray – but in our own way – to make holiday gift shopping easier and more enjoyable than ever. The New Black Friday event at QVC offers a welcome escape from the mayhem – no long lines, no traffic, plus our customers can rest assured, knowing that they found really special gift ideas, at exceptional values.”

In addition to five hours of all-new, specially priced gifts Thanksgiving evening, QVC will offer three Today’s Special Value offers, items presented at exceptionally low prices, for a specific period of time. Holy crow!

AP’s David Bauder — who is a very nice guy, by the way — reported that QVC host Dave James will stay up 28 hours straight to do “telethon-like coverage” of the Black Friday event.

QVC shoppers will also get a sneak peek at the TSV for Saturday at QVC.com.

The nonstop shopping continues throughout the day on Black Friday, as QVC will offer a specially priced offer in every hour of programming. There will also be additional, specially priced offers at QVC.com.

QVC’s Black Friday programming will include, keeping with that Thanksgiving theme, “a cornucopia of terrific holiday gift-giving ideas”, the press release says.

Those include: the Nintendo Wii Gaming System with accessories, case and games; Panasonic HD Video Camera; Clarisonic Facial Cleansing System (enough with that damned Clarisonic!); and Philosophy Merry-Mint Chocolate Box 3-in-1 Shower Gel Duo.

Throughout the holiday season, QVC has extended its returns policy; gifts purchased between now and Dec. 23 may be returned up until Jan. 31 next year. But that’s not special: HSN and ShopNBC have done the same.