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Kohl's Will Take Your Amazon Returns Starting Next Month

In LA and Chicago, at least

(Newser) - Good news for Amazon shoppers who hate having to deal with returns: Kohl's is starting to accept certain Amazon returns in certain stores. Starting in October, select merchandise will be accepted at 82 stores in Los Angeles and Chicago, Reuters reports. There will be no charge for returning items... More »

Amazon Just Debuted a Way to Get You to Spend More Money

Its new 'Spark' shopping social network looks a lot like Pinterest

(Newser) - Take Amazon Prime, mix it with Pinterest, and add a dash of Instagram. The result is Amazon Spark, a new shopping-focused "social network" aimed at getting hardcore Amazon users to spend even more money with the e-commerce giant. The service launched publicly on Tuesday on Amazon's iPhone app,... More »

JCPenney Closing at Least 130 Stores

6K employees will get early retirement incentive

(Newser) - JCPenney says it will be closing 130 to 140 stores over the next several months as it aims to improve online sales, reports the AP . Locations will be announced next month. CEO Marvin Ellison says the company also is offering an early retirement program to 6,000 employees, per the... More »

People Are Really Upset Over Shoppers in Pajamas

'It's bloody disgusting,' says one complainant

(Newser) - A rep for British retailer Tesco tells the BBC that wearing pajamas in its stores is "not a big issue," but that's not at all the impression you would've gotten from perusing the company's Facebook page recently. In a since-deleted post (screenshot here ), a... More »

10 Best Cities for Shopping Locally

San Diego is best, says Yelp

(Newser) - Just in time for "Small Business Saturday," Yelp has released a ranking of the 20 best US cities to shop locally for gifts, based on millions of locally-written reviews of stores (just not the big-box variety), per Albuquerque Business First . The top 10 cities: More »

Toys R Us Doubles Down With Turkey Day Hours

Retailer announces 30-hour shopping marathon starting at 5pm

(Newser) - Black Friday has in recent years received a black mark as retailers took criticism for slowly pushing back the mega-shopping event until it actually started on Thanksgiving Day. Some retailers and shopping venues have given in to the backlash: Various malls (such as the Mall of America) and chain stores... More »

Being Near Fancy Stores Makes Us Selfish Jerks

People on streets with high-end stores are considerably less likely to help a stranger in need

(Newser) - If you ever find yourself relying on the kindness of strangers, you'd best hope you're not on a street lined with upscale shops. So conclude French researchers in a study titled, "'Wrong place to get help': A field experiment on luxury stores and helping behavior,"... More »

Want Long-Lasting Happiness? Buy Stuff

Material purchases bring repeated bursts of pleasure: study

(Newser) - There really is something to retail therapy: A new study in Social Psychological and Personality Science finds material purchases bring a person longer-lasting happiness than experiential purchases, like concert tickets or a trip to the zoo. In other words, whoever said money can't buy happiness was lying, reports Complex... More »

Coming Soon: a Shopping Channel for Guns

Creator says GunTV is 'filling a need, not creating one'

(Newser) - It's a marriage of convenience and controversy: Two veterans of the home-shopping industry are launching a shopping channel for guns. GunTV —courtesy of California couple Valerie Castle and Doug Bornstein—will air from 1am to 7am ET starting Jan. 20 and will sell "a vast array of... More »

Attention Shoppers: 5 Great Black Friday Deals

We got savings over here

(Newser) - It's Black Friday, which means you're either battling the crowds at shopping malls around the country or cozy inside reading articles about battling the crowds at shopping malls around the country. If you're in the latter group, here are five of the best Black Friday deals you'... More »

Finally, a Lane for Those Irked by Slow Walkers

It's coming to Liverpool, folks

(Newser) - If you don't enjoy getting stuck behind slow walkers while shopping, you're not alone—and you might consider a trip to the UK to try out the country's first ever fast lane for pedestrians being tested this week in the Liverpool One shopping complex, reports the Telegraph... More »

Why Hungry People Want More Binder Clips

Study's name says it all: 'Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects'

(Newser) - You probably know that walking into a grocery store on an empty stomach is unwise. Now a new study suggests walking into a mall while hungry is just as bad—at least for your wallet. The study's title sums up the finding: "Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects.... More »

Kind Target Workers Prep Boy for Job Interview

Teenager was just shopping for a clip-on tie

(Newser) - How often do shopping expeditions in mega-stores lead to heart-warming moments that go viral on Facebook? It happened the other day when a teenage boy went to a Target in Raleigh, NC, ABC 11 reports. The boy wanted a clip-on tie for a job interview, but an employee said they... More »

Smell of Cinnamon Can Make Us Buy Expensive Stuff

It makes us feel powerless, and that makes us want to spend: researchers

(Newser) - Shoppers, beware: Your nose could trick you into spending more than you'd planned to. That's according to a new study, which finds that fragrances linked to a feeling of warmth—cinnamon, for instance—can lead us to buy fancier items, Medical Daily reports. It's a little complicated:... More »

Amazon Wants You to Shop While Going Potty

Retailer joins P&G in creating 'Stall Mall' shopping experience from public toilets

(Newser) - Remember when a trip to the restroom used to actually be somewhat restful? Amazon and Procter & Gamble want to make sure you multitask and maximize your toilet time with their new "Stall Mall" campaign, which pushes consumers to "Sit, Shop, and Save!" The companies have teamed... More »

Compulsive Sex, Gambling Tied to Parkinson's Drugs

Researchers say dopamine agonists should get black-box warnings

(Newser) - Parkinson's drugs are known for a range of side effects, including hallucinations, psychosis, and extreme drowsiness. But researchers say there's also a clear link between the use of some of these drugs and impulse control issues that result in hypersexuality, compulsive gambling, and uncontrollable spending, reports LiveScience . Looking... More »

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:
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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 »

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