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Black Friday myths busted

Nov 23, 2012
True or false: Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. Purdue University professor Richard Feinberg says false. He debunks some common assumptions about the holiday shopping season and offers sound advice.
Posted In: Retail, Black Friday, shopping, holiday shopping
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Why do stores open early after the holiday, anyway?

Nov 22, 2012
Most people don't go to Black Friday's early store openings. But for retailers, it's like an arms race. If their competitors open early, they have to respond.
Posted In: Retail, Black Friday, shopping
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Secondhand shopping for baby

Aug 24, 2012
A stroller, a crib, clothes for a kid who may not be the same size next week are among the many items parents need to purchase for their new baby. Buying secondhand can be easier on the wallet. Learn what is safe -- and unsafe -- to buy secondhand for junior.
Posted In: children, secondhand, shopping, spending
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Customers loyal to discount brands even as economy recovers

May 15, 2012
We'll know more later this morning with the latest retail sales figures for April. The forecast is for sales to be down after mild weather pushed extra spending into the first three months of the year. But at least one segment of the retail sector has been hanging on to growth.
Posted In: TJ Maxx, Retail, shopping
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Millennials less likely to be brand loyal

May 11, 2012
A new study finds that millennials -- people between the ages 18-34 -- believe it's important to the get lowest price when shopping, which means giving up on brands they're loyal to.
Posted In: branding, brand loyalty, shopping, marketing, Millennial Generation
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New light bulb lexicon

Mar 1, 2012
New government guidelines are taking incandescent bulbs off the market, leaving us with compact fluorescents and LEDs. But now there's a new language for bulb shoppers to learn.
Posted In: lightbulbs, CFL, flourecent, LED, incandescent, expensive, Money, shopping, consumer
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Target: just say “no” to showrooming

Jan 23, 2012
You want a deal?
Posted In: shopping
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Mid-day Extra: Cheaper in 2012

Jan 5, 2012
Economists are worrying about inflation in the coming year, but a few products will actually be cheaper. What should we buy in 2012?
Posted In: wine, technology, consumer, shopping
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Podcast: Extreme weather, much ado about mutton, and more shopping madness

Dec 26, 2011
An increase in extreme weather in 2011 has lead to one of the most expensive years for insurance claims. It's also turning out to be a record year for sheep rustlers on the lamb in the English countryside, where a record number of sheep have gone missing this year. Plus, China and Japan make a currency deal, Detroit girds for possible state takeover, and more top headlines from around the globe on this day after Christmas.
Posted In: shopping, weather, currency, soviet union
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What makes us open our wallets

Dec 23, 2011
What is it about consumers that drives us to want so much stuff? You could blame Madison Avenue, but marketers alone can't make us open up our wallets to spend. Tess talks with author James Roberts about why we buy.
Posted In: shopping, spending

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