Features By Sally Herships

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Ten tips to avoid buying a flood-damaged car

Many cars that were flooded by Hurricane Sandy are back on the market. Here are a few tips to make sure that you don't buy a Sandy lemon.
Posted In: Personal Finance, Hurricane Sandy
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eBay gets boost from mobile bidders

eBay reports fourth-quarter earnings amid high expectations, as tablet and smartphone user bid up business on the online auction site.
Posted In: ebay, mobile phone, Earnings
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Cars damaged by Sandy make suspicious comeback

Often sold for scrap, many storm-swamped cars are cleaned up and resold with clean records that make no mention of flood damage
Posted In: car, auto industry, Hurricane Sandy
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How feelings of deprivation affect consumer behavior

A new study from New York University says the groups of consumers who feel the most deprived are also those most swayed by their emotions.
Posted In: deprivation, scarcity, marketing
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Breaking down Santa, Inc.

Christmas is coming up and needless to say, Santa Claus must be busy. He is, after all, really the world’s ultimate personal shopper. And since Marketplace is a business program, we couldn’t help but wonder what sort of enterprise Santa runs.
Posted In: Santa, Christmas
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Stores make the most of long shopping season

Christmas is on a Tuesday this year, meaning procrastinators get an extra day at the beginning of next week to finish up their shopping. And because Thanksgiving was as early as it could be this year, it's an extra-long holiday season for retailers.
Posted In: Retail, holiday shopping, Christmas
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Homeownership sparks economy in many ways

Home prices are up nationwide. The recent demand has been good for more than just realtors and lenders.
Posted In: home, home ownership, homeowner, Housing
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How the drought may dampen holiday dinner

The drought has already affected livestock feed prices. Holiday dinner shopping list prices may be next.
Posted In: food prices, holidays, turkey
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Occupy debt?

Occupy Wall Street gets into buying and forgiving debt, but is it good for the economy?
Posted In: Occupy Wall Street, debt
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CGI in ads grows more popular

The Swedish furniture maker Ikea increasingly relies on CGI -- computer-generated imagery -- to "make" the items in its catalog. It's enough to raise the question of whether computer graphics could ever replace people in the fashion photography business.
Posted In: fashion, CGI, Ikea, Black Friday

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