After about an hour online, it came down to these three deals. Staples, Walmart and Best Buy all had rare -- and meaningful -- discounts on Apple's list price. Amazon had a good price, but out of stock with no shipping date available.
The revamping of the Apple Stores is necessary preparation for the launch of the Apple Watch, but also a wise response to the overall decline in Apple retail's share of U.S. smartphone and U.S. iPhone sales.
Best Buy was already a part of the Serial world by sheer chance -- they just chose to acknowledge that connection with a tongue in cheek. The only self-interest that the company can be seen to be pursuing here is relevance, which by no means translates directly into profit.
Only Sunday escapes without a retail handle. But you can bet your bottom dollar it won't be a day of rest for retailers. The relentless run continues towards Christmas and beyond, as merchants race to extract as many dollars from consumers as possible and keep their stakeholders happy.
From my vantage point, I counted at least seven flat screen televisions in various locations. Three were mounted to a single wall, giving the area the feel of a Vegas sports book. I recognized the characters from Breaking Bad on the 80-inch model.