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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 »

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 »

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