As the holiday shopping season begins, you might notice that companies are getting a little better at knowing what products you want, and making sure you see ads for those products where ever you go. Ever wondered why the same pair of boots on sale follows you from website to website? The answer lies in data tracking. And it's starting to happen inside of stores, too.
And shopping for relatives and friends can be stressful, figuring out who needs what or where the discounts actually lie. There are some actual good deals out there but they can be tough to find, so we sent out Marketplace's Sabri Ben-Achour to sift through the stores and sales to find the best values.
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We're not making any guarantees, but you might not need to be so clandestine about your Cyber Monday shopping at work today. More bosses are allowing their workers to shop online today. Companies say it's a morale booster and ensures that workers don't take the day off to shop at home.