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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Friday, December 16, 2011

It is years into a really bad economy, yet according to Black Friday/Cyber Monday retail sales figures, people are spending more. Is it the lure of everything being on sale -- 30, 40, 50 percent off? What role have smartphones and other gadgets like Square played in helping us part ways with our cash? How are shoppers and retailers navigating through this economy? Kai and the Marketplace crew head down to the Citadel Outlets in Commerce to find out.

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Marketplace broadcasts live from the Citadel outlets in Commerce, Calif.
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How long can the ridiculous discounts from retailers possibly last?
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