Ellen Degeneres Debuts Her Line ED on QVC

Ellen DeGeneres keeps flexing her many talents from comedy, tv host, furniture and decor, and now a new line on QVC.  Last night, her home decor line with a few articles of apparel was debut on  as part of their Countdown to Christmas promotion.

MDM especially  liked the Cast Iron Word Wall Hooks for $21.70  featured price + 5.00 sh.  We could see all kinds of applications in the home:  hold keys, etc. in the entryway, cooking utensils in the kitchen, Xmas socks near the living room fireplace, clothes catch all in the bedroom, and on and on…


Shark Tank's Mark Cuban Comes To SHOPHQ!

Mark  Cuban, investor,entrepreneur , owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and most recently one of the 6 stars of ABC’s Shark Tank, has brought to SHQP one of the products that made it’s debut on the show.  This item first appeared in Europe, and later was redesigned by entrepreneur Mary Beth Lugo and brought to the attention of Mr. Cuban and the other sharks for investment.

The KaZAM® Children’s Balance Bike  with Adjustable and Handlebars replace the old bicycle with training wheels or more daunting method of teaching your child to ride a bike by running beside him/her on the bike and helping to balance.  Balance is the key to riding a bike successfully and the KaZAM® does this in short order creating instant fun and exercise  for your child minus the potential parental heart attack!  It’s  available at SHOPHQ for  $79.09 +SH $11.99  on 3 Valupays.  Comes in 4 great colors  of  Red, Blue, Green and Orange.  Ages  3 and up.  Buy now and save for the Holidays!

Online Home Shopping Networks Source Of Designer Haute Couture!

The online shopping networks traditionally selling kitchenware and household items to homemakers have evolved into a source of designer runway fashion at bargain prices.  What is even more remarkable MarkdownMom has found over the years is that many fashion trends are available online ahead of mainstream brick and mortar stores.  For instance, MarkdownMom began buying the high/low hem dresses nearly two years ago from ShopNBC (now SHQP) at great prices.

Recently, MDM saw this dress at ShopHQ reminiscent of Eileen Fisher’s Handkerchief Dress w/Ties done in colors (pale pink, dk. navy) at substantially more.  This Casual Convertible Maxi Dress from OSO is offered in 4 colors and although it is made of cotton and not a silky fabric or pure linen, the design element is the same, offering two looks with its’ adjustable hem at a feature price of $47.93 (on 2 value pays) making it extremely affordable.  With its’ six gore skirt in a light weight cotton, this dress looks great with its’ hem up or down and is a very sophisticated fashion statement!

Home shopping networks and so-called big box stores like Target (Mossimo) have recruited top names from the fashion industry to bring their style and uniqueness to midAmerican consumers recognizing the growing number of professional women in the workforce and at home who want style at an affordable price.  HSN, QVC, and SHOPHQ  not only have special lines from designers like Isaac Mizrahi, Bob Mackie, George Simonton, Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson (to name a few), celebrities such as Iman, Joan Rivers (and many others), but have become a venue for new female entrepreneurs such as Lori Goldstein and Joy Mangano, plus their own in-house designers as well.  Thus making online shopping an ongoing source of what’s hot, new and undiscovered in the fashion world.  A boon for both the consumer and the designer as well!


Iris Apfel Makes HSN Debut Today

Iris Apfel, iconic fashion figure  known for her ability to mix and match high fashion, ethnicity, and kitsch has entered the world of online shopping.  In 2005 the Metropolitan Museum of Art about her in an exhibition titled the Rara Avis (Rare Bird) and now she brings her jewelry collection  with the same name  to HSN.

At 90 peering out at the world through her  signature black owl glasses, Ms. Apfel has achieved pop star status with her eclectic taste in fashion especially accessories combining the bohemian with haute couture.  In the year of bigger and better accessories, Ms. Apfel brings a new exotic blend of fashion with an affordable price tag  to HSN customers

Shopping Networks Start Clearance This Week

HSN, QVC, and ShopNBC all have begun their after Christmas Clearance Sales. Additionally, this past year we have seen a new promotional strategy of putting clearance items on value pays, flex plays, and easy pays.  Since most of the nation  has had unseasonably warm weather, the clearance on apparel will still keep you au courant.  Choose from designers such as Isaac Mizrahi at QVC, craft goods such as Martha Stewart Crafts™ Star Burst Punch Collection at HSN, and faux Ostrich feather vests from ShopNBC.  Plus many of these sites are coupling these clearance sales with their white sale.

MDM Says: Now is the time to start scooping up those bargains that you can use throughout the remaining winter months and next year as well for less!

Weekend Sales

Easy Pay and ValuePays at home shopping networks.  QVC has 3 easy pays today and ShopNBC has 5 valuepays on everything this weekend.

Lane Bryant is down to its’ last gold dot sale items this week for flat price of $6.99 each.

Sears.  Has loads of racks of clearance clothes for $7.99 and less.

Shopko. Entering the store, you are greeted with racks & racks of sweaters and more 90% off!

Dillard’s.  Up to 75% off  Sales and Clearance!

Slice, Dice, Scoop, and Scrape!

Sounds kind of gruesome, but to avid kitchen gadgeteers the thought of being able to do 4 prep jobs with one tool spells must-have!  The Kuhn Rikon set of 2 Scrape and Scoop nonstick knives makes short work with blades made  from Japanese high carbon stainless steel.  Nonstick coating in 1 of 7 popular colors insure a speedy clean-up.  Wide chef knife comes with a knife cover for safety and protection.  Get a set of 2 at QVC for $19.86+sh.

Kuhn Rikon makes it easy to be knife happy!

A Little Bit of GaGa On My Feet!

Lady GaGa is famous for interpretative costumes and her sky high shoes.  Now you can get a similar shoe look without worrying about taking a tumble. QVC has introduced a new line of footwear from Sun Luks.  Sizes range from 6M-10M in variety of colors at the reasonable price for haute couture of  $49.00+shScrunch Peep Toe  4″Wedge will be hot, hot, hot for this summer.

Sun Luks Brought To You By Muk Luks–Who Would Have Thunk It!

Weekend Review: Which Is The Better Deal?

ShopNBC is offering 6 value pays on everything even clearance!  As MarkdownMom has written before this is one way to extend the initial hit of buying an expensive item with ø interest.  However, you must remember to account for these payments each month and to make it a great deal, be sure that you are getting a bargain. 

For instance,  a Cricut CakePersonal  Electric Cutter™ is selling for $409.98 with $12.99 sh making 6 value pays of $68.33.  WOW!  However, compare to the same item being offered at HSN for $399.95 with $17.22 sh and 4 payments of $99.98. 

Which Is The Better Deal? 

  •  HSN price is lower, but sh is more expensive.  Totally, you save only $5 over ShopNBC.
  •  If company is located in your state, you could pay sales tax.
  • HSN has bundled this machine with more software than ShopNBC.
  • HSN  offers a 3 year protection plan for $39.95, a must if you read the reviews.
  • ShopNBC has more stretched out the cost to 6 payments, than 4 payments at HSN making it easier on the budget.

So, as you see there are many factors that come into play when trying to get the best deal, as MarkdownMom says weigh everything when making any purchase so that you have no regrets later.