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Tell us how you shop

Jan 26, 2021
From online to in-store, an exploration of what we buy, why and how.
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How We Shop: Secondhand

Aug 13, 2020
How one thrifter is confronting the ethics of buying clothes secondhand and reselling them at a markup.
Tagged clothing at a thrift store in San Francisco.
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As shoppers head online, what value does a flagship store bring?

Feb 13, 2020
Under Armour announced it might hold off on opening a flagship store on Manhattan's iconic Fifth Avenue.
Under Armour is reportedly pulling back on plans to open a flagship store on New York City's Fifth Avenue, made famous by stores like Tiffany & Co.
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Another year of "retail apocalypse"? Not quite.

Jan 8, 2020
With more consumers shopping online, the in-store experience remains crucial to keeping brick-and-mortar alive.
Consumers continue to shop online more and more, leading to the closure of brick-and-mortar stores.
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For retailers, holiday shopping was strong. But the way we shop is changing.

Jan 6, 2020
We followed three small business retailers throughout the holiday shopping season. Here's the final word on how it went.
A UPS worker sorts packages to be loaded onto a delivery truck at the UPS sort facility in South San Francisco, California.
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How We Shop: a New Year's shopping fast

Jan 1, 2020
Ever look around and realize you have 17 bottles of hand lotion?
Haley Falconer started the post-holiday season with a shopping fast.
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How We Shop: Ethically (but that can be hard)

Dec 20, 2019
Trying to shop with the environment, worker rights or animal welfare in mind: It can be difficult to even know what the right thing is.
Ethical shopping can be hard and require a lot of thought, but it's not impossible.
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Getting holiday shopping done at work can boost productivity ... maybe

Dec 18, 2019
It can save time and clear your mind ... or send you down an e-commerce rabbit hole.
Do you shop online while at the office?
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For these retailers, the holiday season is crucial — and has deadlines

Dec 18, 2019
This holiday season, we're following several retailers from the end of November to the start of the New Year. This is part two of our series.
A holiday sale in New York City.
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Shopping in the gig economy after retirement

Dec 13, 2019
One retiree earns a little extra with a shopping app.
Shipt bags on display.
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