Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Marketplace Fairness Act was approved in the U.S. Senate, and is headed for the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would require merchants to collect sales taxes on online purchases.
It's called the "Marketplace Fairness Act" and supporters say it levels the playing field between online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores by requiring online merchants to pay sales taxes to the states, counties and localities where they have done business. Opponents include anti-tax activists and retailers who say it will be overly burdensome—in fact, nearly impossible, they say, to keep track of the tax rates and tax requirements for the myriad of taxing agencies where they may be doing business. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate 69-27 on Monday. Next up, the legislation goes to the GOP-led House. President Barack Obama has previously said he supports the bill. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, voted for …
Monday, February 18, 2013
These days any observance is used as an excuse to host a sale, and a for people to shop. Here are a few deals in the Hazelwood area this President's Day.
Monday is a holiday intended to celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Still, President's Day is meant to celebrate all of our past and present heads of state. Tell us, who is the greatest commanders-in-chief? While you think about that take a look at some local deals: Carter's: Buy one get one free in store and online. American Eagle Outfitters: 25% Off + Free Shipping w/ code 21393551 Gymboree: Up to 70% off Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic: 15-20 percent off with your credit card. The online code is ONPDAY. Missouri Mercantile: It's not really a President's Day sale but rather a store closing, but the St. Louis Outlet Mall will have 25 percent off all merchandise until February 28. Hancock Fabric: Get 15 percent …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Let us know how your experience went at the mall formerly known as St. Louis Mills.
If you take customer service seriously, you know what a difference it can make in your experiences with local businesses. That's why it's so important to share those experiences with the community--both good and bad. Whether you've had an excellent customer service experience or one that left you less than satisfied, we want to hear from you--and so do your neighbors. Here's your chance to let your fellow Hazelwood residents know how you feel about the businesses around town. Each week, we’re giving a readers the opportunity to rate a business or public place in the City of Hazelwood, and to tell others what they’ve experienced. It’s very simple. Just click on the link provided of the business name or public location, and rate it from …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about shopping and maintaining a budget during the holidays in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking about sticking to a budget for the holiday shopping season. Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about wise holiday spending, but we needed a little help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:
Friday, November 23, 2012
Find the latest on Black Friday lines, deals and news as it happens. If you see something we should know about, send us a tip at Maggie.Rotermund@patch.com or tweet @UniCityPatch.
It's the biggest shopping day of the year. Share your stories with Patch.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
According to the National Retail Federation's annual forecast of the holiday shopping season, more people will be self-gifting themselves this year than in any other.
We're all guilty of it. Who hasn't gone into a store with a specific purpose in mind to buy the perfect gift for a loved one. The end result: a perfect gift for yourself. "There's just so many good sales," said Hazelwood resident Ashley Nevilles. "When I shop for my siblings, especially my sister, I always end up getting something too." Hey, you worked hard shopping for others, why not treat yourself? According to the National Retail Federation's annual forecast of the holiday shopping season, more people will be self-gifting themselves this year than in any other. "As a nod to just how much shoppers enjoy taking advantage of retailers’ holiday promotions to treat themselves to something nice, consumers are expected to spend the most on …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Walmart announced a Thanksgiving Day start to its sales. Target, Toys R Us, and Best Buy aren't far behind.
Serious shoppers know Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the day for bargains. Retailers are opening earlier than ever this year with sales to entice holiday shoppers. Walmart has set the bar at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for 2012 sales to start. Will other stores follow? Macy’s, Target and Toys R Us are among a growing number of shops kicking off Black Friday sales at midnight. Area mall doors will open at various times, though some of their stores may or may not be open then. Many sales haven't been announced yet. Target offers a signup to receive text messages of sales, and previews a 40-inch Toshiba TV, a Samsung laptop computer, a Playstation 3 and other sale items on its website. Want to get the most from your shopping? …
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Where will you find the best savings, during this weekend's sales tax holiday or during a store's regular sale? Tell us in our 'Patch' poll.
The Missouri sales tax holiday is underway and runs until midnight, Sunday. From Aug. 3 - 5, Missouri is waiving the state 4.225 percent sales tax and St. Louis County is waiving its 2.7 percent sales tax. Shoppers can save at least close to 7 percent of some purchases as a result. (Read Previous Story: Sales Tax Holiday Now Underway) Sales tax in waived on select items this weekend. Click here for a complete list of qualified items. Many cities opt out of the holiday and are not waiving the sales tax this weekend. The Missouri Department of Revenue lists all cities opting out on its website. Although the weekend offers welcome discounts, St. Louis Better Business Bureau Director Chris Thetford reminders shoppers that although the sales …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
With more rumors circling about the furniture store, what are your thoughts on it?
Hazelwood and many other St. Louis-area residents have pined for an Ikea store to come to the area for years, and a new rumor of the store coming sparked major attention and chatter. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the store remains a rumor and could still be a few years away. According to the article, the store could go in the Hadley Township area near Interstate 40 and Hanley Road, but the developer is focused on filling up the 62 properties of the area. So as fans of well-made, reasonably-priced furniture all over the city wait anxiously for the official word on an Ikea store within driving distance, what are your thoughts? Why would you want an Ikea store in St. Louis, and where would you like to see it?
Friday, November 25, 2011
Find the latest on Black Friday lines, deals and news as it happens. If you see something we should know about, send us a tip at Lindsay.Toler@patch.com or tweet @StLouisLindsay.