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Shopkeeper: Here's What the Taliban Like to Buy

White undies, foreign perfumes, brand-name soaps, he says

(Newser) - Ever wonder what the Taliban buy when they go shopping? Neither did we, but apparently they like spending big bucks on nice perfumes and brand-name soaps and shampoos. Oh, and they prefer white underwear, either Y fronts or briefs, a former shopkeeper tells the BBC . The young man in his... More »

Fallen Child of the 2000s: Juicy Couture

60 stores to remain open overseas, but US locations are going bye-bye

(Newser) - Juicy Couture, creator of the terrycloth and velour tracksuits worn by children, retirees, and Britney Spears alike, will close all its US stores by the end of this month. That according to a Racked report picked up by the Huffington Post , which pinpoints when many heard the bell toll for... More »

8 Iconic Stores That Have Disappeared

From Filene's Basement to Tower Records

(Newser) - This week, Radioshack announced the closing of some 1,100 stores, prompting speculation as to whether it will go the way of Blockbuster. That reminds a nostalgic Caitlin Dewey at the Washington Post of the key stores of yesteryear that just aren't there anymore:
  1. After more than 100 years,
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Discounts Are Kind Of ... a Lie

Most items that are 'on sale' were designed to sell at that price

(Newser) - If you couldn't bring yourself to rush out and do battle on Black Friday, no need to feel like you missed out: The discounts you'd be seeing if you were at the mall right now are what the Wall Street Journal calls "retail theater." Stores are... More »

What Stores Are Doing to Prevent Black Friday Freakouts

Tickets, Segways, live bands aim to keep shoppers calm

(Newser) - Ever since a Walmart worker was trampled to death five years ago on Black Friday, the chain has increased its efforts to ensure safe shopping. Now, a range of top retailers are trying everything from live music to off-duty police hires to prevent a recurrence of the tragedy. Among their... More »

Hate Crowds? Shop Dec. 4

Wednesday will be least-busy holiday shopping day: analysts

(Newser) - If you're willing to sacrifice a deal or two for some peace, Dec. 4 is the holiday shopping day for you. Wednesday will be the quietest day of the season, says ShopTrak, a firm that tracks shopping across 750 top brands. The deals are particularly plentiful on Black Friday... More »

Black Thursday Banned in 3 States

No Thanksgiving Day shopping in Mass., RI, Maine

(Newser) - The spread of Thanksgiving Day shopping has created a lot of fuss this year, but it's not a big issue in Rhode Island, Maine, or Massachusetts—because it's illegal. The three New England states have "blue laws" dating back to colonial times that ban shopping on Thanksgiving... More »

2 Walgreens in Same City Charge Wildly Different Prices

Chain has biggest price differences compared to CVS, Rite Aid: study

(Newser) - Thrifty shoppers, beware. A consumer watchdog group descended on New York, LA, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Orange County, and promptly went shopping, purchasing a list of 25 items from 485 CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid locations. What it found: Price differences of as much as 55% for the same product at... More »

The Next Amazon: Edmunds.com?

Site offers 'Price Promise' to demystify car-buying experience

(Newser) - Add Edmunds.com to the list of companies dreaming of emulating Amazon's success. With last year's quiet launch of a service called Price Promise, the car shopping website is trying to "be as close as possible to Amazon.com for the automotive experience," president Seth Berkowitz... More »

Stores Make Holiday Shopping Awful On Purpose

Oliver Burkeman explains how stores make you miserable to make you spend

(Newser) - Do you hate holiday shopping? Does it sometimes seem like the entire experience—from the lights, to the confusing sales, to the incredibly loud endless renditions of "The Little Drummer Boy"—is designed to make you miserable? Well, that's because it is, Oliver Burkeman writes in today'... More »

Most Americans Plan to 'Self-Gift' ... to Tune of $140

We love shopping ... for ourselves

(Newser) - Go ahead and buy yourself that discounted cashmere sweater today. You deserve it. Wait. What? You had already planned to do just that? Yeah, we thought so. The National Retail Federation reports that "self-gifting" is poised to hit a 10-year high this year, with shoppers set to spend an... More »

Scenes From Black Friday

Long lines, but no riots ... yet

(Newser) - So far, no reports of waffle-maker-esque madness yet, as hordes of shoppers descended on stores to snap up the best deals of the year. This year, stores such as Target and Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving evening, while retailers from Macy's to Best Buy opened their doors at... More »

Target Jumps on Black Thursday Bandwagon

Joins Walmart, among other places, in opening its doors on Thanksgiving

(Newser) - Target is joining the chorus of retailers who want you to shop on Thanksgiving , announcing that it will open its doors at 9pm, up from last year's midnight opening. Tasteless? Not according to a Target VP, who describes the 9pm opening as "a perfect balance." And it... More »

Walmart's 'Black Friday' to Start 2 Hours Earlier

On Thursday, doors will open at 8pm

(Newser) - Last year Black Friday became Black Midnight . This year, Walmart is instituting Black Thanksgiving Dessert Hour. That's right: The store's doors will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving, a full two hours earlier than they opened last year, reports the Wall Street Journal . And in a bid to ensure... More »

Best Buy to Match Amazon's Prices

Congratulations, showrooming shoppers

(Newser) - Best Buy is changing things up this holiday season. Amid concerns over "showrooming"—when customers visit stores, check out products, and then buy them online—Best Buy is set to match online prices, including Amazon's, the Wall Street Journal reports. It's also going to throw in... More »

Those Looong Lines Make Shoppers ... Happy

It gives them camaraderie and validation, say consumer experts

(Newser) - If you're not one of those to wait in line for department store doors to open on Black Friday or to queue up for a new iPhone, you might be the type to wonder, what is wrong with those people? Nothing, as it turns out. In fact, these consumers... More »

Canadians Hopping the Border to Shop

1.9 million overnight visits in June, most in four decades

(Newser) - Canadians are infiltrating the US in record numbers on brief missions to buy milk and vacuum cleaners. Why the sudden spike in "shopping vacations"? The Canadian dollar is strong, Canadian law now permits a larger allowance for duty-free goods, and post-9/11 border control has gradually relaxed, reports USA ... More »

Coming to Cities: Mini Target, Petite Walmart

Major retailers open up tiny, urban-friendly outlets

(Newser) - Major chains are starting to think outside the big-box, at least where cities are involved. Stores like Walmart, Target, and Office Depot are willing to do what it takes to follow young adults who grew up in the 'burbs to their new urban homes, even if that means shrinking... More »

Why June's Falling Retail Sales Matter

Because drop marks the first 3-month decline since 2008

(Newser) - Americans cut their spending at retail businesses for a third straight month, as a weak job market has made consumers more cautious. The Commerce Department says retail sales fell 0.5% in June from May. That followed declines of 0.2% and 0.5% in the previous two months. It... More »

The High Cost of Cheap Clothes

Elizabeth Kline, author of Overdressed, explains the perils of cheap chic

(Newser) - Fast fashion is the new fast food. That's the argument Elizabeth Kline makes in her new book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, and Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon agrees. The average American buys 64 articles of clothing a year—more than there are weeks in the... More »

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