Marketplace for Friday, November 25, 2011

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How did it get so crazy out there? Couldn't folks have planned just a little better? It's just money, right? If you think we're talking about Black Friday, we're not. We're talking about the euro. Will it soon die? Plus, did you go shopping today? We look at why retailers are rolling out deals earlier and give you a history lesson on the origins of Black Friday. Also, the truth about why we buy and the argument against being thrity.

The history of Black Friday

Historian Nancy Koehn describes the origins of Black Friday -- before it became known as a retail bonanza.
Posted In: Black Friday, history

The truth about why we buy

Author James Roberts discusses the motivations behind our shopping habits, and the relationship between money and happiness.
Posted In: holiday shopping, Retail, happiness

The argument against thrift

Author James Livingston discusses why he's against thriftiness, and how more spending would benefit our economy and souls.
Posted In: consumer spending

Groupon shares drop below $20 IPO price

Bad news for Groupon: Shares in the deal company are falling apart.
Posted In: groupon

Weekly Wrap: Super committee and eurozone crisis

Lizzie O'Leary from Bloomberg News and John Carney with CNBC discuss the super committee's failure, the latest on Europe's debt crisis, and whether consumers are sick about being frugal.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap

Retailers hope to get into your wallets sooner

Black Friday is not just a single day anymore, and neither is Cyber Monday. Retailers are rolling out promotions earlier.
Posted In: Retail, Black Friday, holiday shopping, Cyber Monday

Is the euro's death approaching?

In yet another bad development in the eurozone debt crisis, Italy saw its borrowing costs skyrocket. And now a British regulator has called on U.K. banks to prepare for the possible disintegration of the euro.
Posted In: Eurozone, euro

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MGMT
Hit The Heartbrakes (Album Version)
Black Kids
Lock It Away
wing and hollow
Dilettante
St. Vincent