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Do people really buy cars as holiday gifts?

Dec 5, 2019
It might be a good time to find a bargain, but that present might not be appreciated.
The Lexus "December to Remember" event has been running since 1999.
Lexus

One thing you can't buy online? Holiday nostalgia

Dec 4, 2019
Younger shoppers in particular value the brick-and-mortar shopping experience, research shows. Bash Party Goods takes that idea to heart.
Angela Wator hopes the in-store shopping experience draws consumers to her Chicago-based party store Festive Collective.
Courtesy of Bash Party Goods

Record number of returns expected this holiday season

Nov 29, 2019
Online returns are costing retailers more than ever. In-store returns, however, create an opportunity for a shopper to buy something else.
Retailers are feeling pressure to have a smooth returns process, in addition to fast shipping.
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Black Friday could be a good time to go car shopping

Nov 25, 2019
Low interest rates and plenty of cars on lots could mean deals.
Car dealer lots have plenty of unsold inventory.
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How accessibility dictates how we shop

Nov 22, 2019
Why one Georgia woman uses catalogs instead of going to the store.
Photo courtesy of Mark FInlay.

Prepping for the holidays with one eye on politics

Nov 20, 2019
One toy store owner says potential tariffs could eat up almost half of his profits.
Much of what Hobby Works sells is from China — and destined for a 15% tariff scheduled to start Dec. 15.
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How Amazon's counterfeit problem reached a bird feeder manufacturer in Rhode Island

Nov 18, 2019
The vice president of the company likened policing Amazon for fakes to "a game of whack-a-mole."
Can you spot the fake hummingbird feeder? It's on the left. Counterfeit products sold in online marketplaces often bear the same name and trademarks as the legitimate brand.
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How to spot a fake Louis Vuitton

Nov 18, 2019
Two experts examine some suspect items we bought on Amazon.
A French customs officer shows seized counterfeit handbags prior to their destruction at the postal sorting center of Chilly Mazarin, near Paris.
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As online orders continue to grow, package theft rises

Nov 13, 2019
As holiday shopping season ramps up, beware the porch pirates.
A new Amazon hub on the University of Texas at Austin campus is one of the ways companies, like Amazon, are trying to thwart package piracy.
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