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Put your money where your mobile is

Dec 21, 2012
What would it take for us to become a completely cashless society? Marketplace's Queena Kim takes us on a test drive of the Google Wallet app and talks about the efficacy of technology that's designed to make paper money a thing of the past.
Posted In: Google, smartphone, app, shopping

Imagine a calendar without a holiday shopping season

Dec 13, 2012
How would the economy be affected if we didn't have Christmas and other holidays to stimulate our spending?
Posted In: Retail, Christmas, holiday shopping, shopping

Black Friday myths busted

Nov 23, 2012
True or false: Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. Purdue University professor Richard Feinberg says false. He debunks some common assumptions about the holiday shopping season and offers sound advice.
Posted In: Retail, Black Friday, shopping, holiday shopping

Why do stores open early after the holiday, anyway?

Nov 22, 2012
Most people don't go to Black Friday's early store openings. But for retailers, it's like an arms race. If their competitors open early, they have to respond.
Posted In: Retail, Black Friday, shopping

Secondhand shopping for baby

Aug 24, 2012
A stroller, a crib, clothes for a kid who may not be the same size next week are among the many items parents need to purchase for their new baby. Buying secondhand can be easier on the wallet. Learn what is safe -- and unsafe -- to buy secondhand for junior.
Posted In: children, secondhand, shopping, spending

Customers loyal to discount brands even as economy recovers

May 15, 2012
We'll know more later this morning with the latest retail sales figures for April. The forecast is for sales to be down after mild weather pushed extra spending into the first three months of the year. But at least one segment of the retail sector has been hanging on to growth.
Posted In: TJ Maxx, Retail, shopping

Millennials less likely to be brand loyal

May 11, 2012
A new study finds that millennials -- people between the ages 18-34 -- believe it's important to the get lowest price when shopping, which means giving up on brands they're loyal to.
Posted In: branding, brand loyalty, shopping, marketing, Millennial Generation

New light bulb lexicon

Mar 1, 2012
New government guidelines are taking incandescent bulbs off the market, leaving us with compact fluorescents and LEDs. But now there's a new language for bulb shoppers to learn.
Posted In: lightbulbs, CFL, flourecent, LED, incandescent, expensive, Money, shopping, consumer

Target: just say “no” to showrooming

Jan 23, 2012
You want a deal?
Posted In: shopping

Mid-day Extra: Cheaper in 2012

Jan 5, 2012
Economists are worrying about inflation in the coming year, but a few products will actually be cheaper. What should we buy in 2012?
Posted In: wine, technology, consumer, shopping

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