This final note today, from the Marketplace Desk of I haven't gotten my wife anything for Valentine's Day -- and I'm not gonna either, just on principle.

The National Retail Federal says the average person will shell out $116.21 on Valentine's Day merchandise this year. That's up almost 18 percent over last year.

And honestly, I just object. You know where to send your nasty notes telling me I'm unromantic:

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