Marketplace AM for December 26, 2005

Episode Description 

Buy an Infiniti, and Beyond!

With DVR technology and changing consumer tastes, the 30-second TV ad no longer carries the weight it once did. Marketing expert Joseph Jaffe looks at the future of the TV commercial with host Scott Jagow. Joseph Jaffe is the author of "Life After the 30-Second Spot."

Cartoons in the Cubicle

Host Brian Watt talks to <i>New Yorker</i> cartoon editor Bob Mankoff about the importance of art and humor in the workplace. You can see some of his favorite business-related <i>New Yorker</i> cartoons below.

Teach a Man to Fish

One year ago today, a massive tsunami smashed the coast of 13 countries in Asia, killing more than 200,000 people. The U.N. and scores of non-profits funneled billions in relief funds to the region. But as Miranda Kennedy reports, poor choices in how that money was spent are still causing problems today.
Posted In: Canada

Black Monday?

You've heard of Black Friday in the retail world. Today may go down as Black Monday. The day after Christmas is always a big shopping day. But retailers are expecting bigger crowds than usual this year. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.

Tsunami, One Year Later

Communities around the Indian ocean gathered to day to remember loved ones lost in the tsunami's 30-foot waves a year ago. An estimated 220,000 people were killed, and two million more lost their homes. Jocelyn Ford reports on recovery in the worst hit area, Aceh in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Posted In: Canada

Boxing Day

Many businesses have designated today as a holiday, since Christmas fell on a Sunday this year. But for our friends in Canada, as well as those in Australia and the UK, the day after Christmas is always a holiday. So how does the extra day off affect the economies of those nations that celebrate Boxing Day? Andrea Gardner explains.
Posted In: Canada


Kwanzaa begins today. The seven-day secular holiday was started in 1966 by Maulana Ron Karenga, as a celebration of African-American culture. It has been growing ever since, and now retailers are jumping on the holiday bandwagon. Marketplace's Jane Lindholm has more.

Swap Sites

If you got stuck with some Christmas gifts you don't want this year there are several options open to you. You can try returning them. You can re-gift. You can throw it in the back closet. Or you can try swapping the item online for something you REALLY want. Internet swap sites theoretically allow consumers to trade products online, but as Sarah Gardner reports, it's a tough business.

Online Retail

It may be a while before we know exactly how this year's holiday season turned out for retailers. But one thing we already know for sure, online holiday sales hits a record high. Jason Paur has more.

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