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Top 10 gadgets for the Holiday

Dec 13, 2010
Kevin Pereira, gadget aficionado and host of G4 Television's "Attack of the Show," shares his holiday gift picks for the tech crowd this holiday shopping season

Going to brick-and-mortar stores, but buying online

Dec 2, 2010
Deals are easy to find online, but you miss out on actually seeing the item and having your questions answered quickly by sales people. So customers are increasingly using both: Go to the store to check the item out and find the deal online.

Getting the facts directly from the Black Friday crowd

Nov 29, 2010
It takes a lot of commitment to get up early and hit the Black Friday crowds. Marshall Cohen does it for the sake of research. As chief retail analyst at the NPD Group, he gathered data about the retail sales straight from the customers standing in line and in the stores. Cohen talked to Kai Ryssdal about what he found.

Retailers and e-tailers prepare for Cyber Monday

Nov 29, 2010
Jeremy Hobson speaks to Marshall Cohen about Cyber Monday, and what it means for bargain retailers.

Cyber Monday follows a successful Black Friday

Nov 29, 2010
America prepares to celebrate "Cyber-Monday" -- the Internet equivalent of Black Friday. If this year's e-shopping follows the same trends as their brick-and-mortar counterparts, websites should be looking at a successful shopping day.

Are consumers really abstaining from credit cards?

Nov 27, 2010
As we come across another holiday season, a new study reveals that consumers plan on holding back from using credit cards. Is this really true? Nancy Marshall Genzer investigates.

Technology to make shopping easier and less painful

Nov 26, 2010
Even if you're not hitting the malls for those crazy doorbuster sales today, chances are pretty good you'll need to do some holiday shopping between now and the end of the year. Given that technology is supposed to be making our lives easier, we're offering some ways to leverage the digital age to make your shopping fruitful and easier.

For public good, not for profit.

Stores using better service to get customers to buy

Nov 26, 2010
Stores are starting to hire more staff and perhaps encouraging them to be extra helpful. Analysts say that better customer service may be a strategy to get people to part with their money.

Macy's, Bloomingdale's CEO optimistic on same-store sales

Nov 26, 2010
Macy's chief Terry Lundgren says sales are up in stores and online, as holiday shoppers buy gifts for family and friends, and themselves

Thrift stores get into Black Friday spirit

Nov 25, 2010
Tomorrow is Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year. People typically head out to the big-box retailers for the huge deals, but what about your local thrift store? They might be getting into the spirit too.