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Twelve Best 12-12-12 Deals, Discounts, and Freebies on December 12, 2012 Only From Macy’s, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Jack In the Box, The Body Shop and More (M, SBUX, KKD, JACK)

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With all the fabricated Christmas holiday shopping events - Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday, Free Shipping Day - you would think that the U.S. retail industry would have jumped all over the opportunity to stage a sale on a genuine calendar event, 12-12-12. It's a once in a century occurrence. Doesn't it at least deserve some kind of once-in-a-century $12 deals, 12% discounts, or Deal-of-the-Day Dozen?

It's unfortunate that more retail marketing teams didn't use their creativity to get into the spirit of the 12-12-12 event. I think retail consumers would have rallied behind it. Perhaps too many people were worried about the possibility that the doomsday predictions were right. The end of the world would have cut the shopping short.

But despite the lack of marketing attention paid to the 12-12-12 phenomenon, there are still 12 good retail deals and discounts that are available to U.S. consumers who want to mark December 12, 2012 with a shopping and/or eating fest. The best of the today-only 12-12-12 one-day deals and discounts that could be found make it worth getting out of bed even if you are a doomsdayer.

Macy's (M) wins the prize for having the most deals and discounts available to shoppers on 12-12-12. There are more than 40 pages of deals and discounts that are available at Macy's on 12-12-12 including "doorbuster" deals from 8 AM to 1 PM, Clinique and perfume freebies (with purchase), 15% off everything until 1 PM, an extra $10 off sale and clearance stuff, and discounts on a huge selection of just about everything, up to 60% off. Click here for more about the Macy's 12-12-12 deals and discounts >>

The restaurant sector of the retail industry wins the award for embracing the spirit of 12-12-12 with themed deals and discounts on food on December 12, 2012 only.

Jack in the Box (JACK) wins the grand prize for the best themed 12-12-12 deal. They'll be selling tacos for just 12 cents each between 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight on 12-12-12. Don't think you're going to be able to go in and get 1,212 tacos at that price. There is a six-taco limit per person on the 12-12-12 deal. (Really? It couldn't be a 12-taco limit?)

Before you go screeching to your nearest Jack in the Box drive-thru, this deal is only confirmed for Denver area Jack in the Box restaurants, so it's possible that it's not available nationwide. It's always best to give them a quick call it it's really out of the way. Won't that be the 12-12-12 curse for Jack In the Box restaurants across the country if customers keep calling them all day about a deal they're not participating in? Click here to find the Jack in the Box location nearest you so you can be one of those annoying callers asking about the 12-cent 12-12-12 deal. You'll probably know by the tone of voice of the Jack In Box employee what the answer is even before you ask the question.

Pollo Tropical also has a festive 12-12-12 themed deal. When you purchase a Family Meal between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM on 12/12/12, the price is just $12.12. This is good theming, but may not such a good deal since my best information tells me that a Pollo Tropical family meal is regularly only $12.99. But I'm sure prices vary by location, so perhaps it is a better deal in some places than in others. It's the 12-12-12 thought that counts. Click here for a nearby Pollo Tropical restaurant location >>

Krispy Kreme (KKD) is using the 12-12-12 milestone to try and capture 12,000 new Likes on its Facebook page. When you visit the Krispy Kreme Facebook page and "like" it, a coupon will magically appear for one free dozen of glazed donuts with the purchase of another dozen of glazed donuts. You will have to print the Day of the Dozens coupon that pops up, and you will have to use it at your local Krispy Kreme store today - Wednesday, December 12th. If you're a Krispy Kreme lover, though, this is the sweetest deal of the 12/12/12 day.

One other restaurant deal of the day worth mentioning for December 12, 2012 comes from Starbucks. Starbucks is ending its 12 Days of Christmas promotion on 12-12-12, so that's at least a little thoughtful. The final deal is 40% off a six-pack of Cranberry Bliss Bars. Reportedly the Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks have a cult-like following, so that's a good thing. But really... you're ending a 12-day promotion on 12-12-12 and you couldn't come up with a deal that has "12" in it? Really?

One last creative 12-12-12 themed deals and discounts comes from a non-restaurant retailer. 6pm.com, an offshoot of Zappos.com, will have shoes and apparel on sale for prices in multiples of 12 ($12, $24, $36, $48) for one day only on December 12, 2012. I wonder if 6pm.com will also be giving an additional 12% discount off size 12 shoes? Click here for all the 6pm.com 12-12-12 deals and discounts >>

There are other today-only deals to be had on December 12, 2012, although they weren't necessarily designed specifically for the 12-12-12 event. Today-only and last-day deals are available at The Body Shop, Carters, OshKosh B'gosh, PetSmart, Caribou Coffee, Windy City Novelties, and Restaurant.com which expire at the end of 12/12/12. Click here for more on these deals which expire on 12/12/12 >>

That makes 13 deals, so really it's a baker's dozen of the best 12-12-12 deals and discounts that you can get here. But if you're wanting to mark 12-12-12 with a more substantial power shopping adventure than that, you can also use these links for more deals and discounts on December 12, 2012:

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