Depending on how you look at it, today is also "Buy Nothing Day," a holiday counteracting the effects of Black Friday. Lisa Napoli talked about the day with founder Reverend Billy and his wife, Savitri.
With high gas prices and the lack of a must-have, big-hit item, consumer spending isn't expect to grow much this holiday season. But, as Amy Scott reports, people will still be doing plenty of shopping.
Many shoppers got a head start on their shopping this morning before the sun rose. But for those in the market for clothing, a visit to this fashion website could have made their trip much shorter. Cash Peters has more.
Shoppers across the nation will flood to retail stores on Black Friday. But some of the best deals are on the Web -- and one site in particular has some retailers angry, because it's spoiling some savings surprises. Andrew Phelps reports.
Retailers know consumers can't negotiate with their nose when it finds something it likes. Lisa Napoli talks to Rachel Herz, author of "The Scent of Desire," about how some stores are using smell to seal the deal.
While many don't have to worry about the dreaded annual shopping rush until tomorrow, some are gearing up by pumping out the Christmas spirit today. Alisa Roth explores the advance on the next holiday.
Most analyst estimates for this year's holiday retail sales are for about a 4% increase over last year. But how do they know? Marshall Cohen, the chief analyst at the market research firm NPD Group, explains to Kai Ryssdal.