Sales of used goods are rising as consumers ditch expensive retail stores for more creative and cheaper ways to shop. Why not? Sarah Palin does it. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports on a booming shopping sector.
Consumer prices fell 1% last month, the most on record. It's good news for consumers looking to save a little on purchases, but as Steve Henn reports, deflation means we could be heading into even worse economic times.
Retail sales have been dark lately, but alternative teen clothing chain Hot Topic has seen a bump in its sales. Renita Jablonski reports how the apparel and entertainment store may be reflecting a national mood.
With retail sales having their biggest drop in record in October, the holiday shopping season is looking pretty bleak. How bad will it be? Scott Jagow gets the report from Marketplace's retail maven, Stacey Vanek-Smith.
Is it really so bad that consumer confidence continues to erode? Commentator Amity Shlaes says that if consumers aren't spending, then they're saving, investing or beefing up that college fund, and that can be a good thing.
As economic worries tighten consumer budgets, a new shopping trend has emerged -- shoppers are returning merchandise to stores in record numbers. Beth Teitell says this buy-then-bring-back behavior is called "circle shopping."