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Features by Sally Herships

Twitter offers new challenge: 6-second videos

Twitter disproved skeptics of the 140-character tweet. Will it be able to turn a profit from six-second videos? Its new service, Vine, will try.
Posted In: Vine, Twitter

Sandy-flooded cars: Buyer beware

Many cars that were flooded by Hurricane Sandy are back on the market. Experts offer tips for how to sniff out a fishy used car.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, auto industry, flood, car

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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