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UPS Predicts Record Returns After Big Shopping Season

Most unwanted gifts go back within a month, research shows

(Newser) - It follows that a busy online holiday shopping season would beget a flurry of return shipments. UPS expects to handle 1.9 million return packages on Jan. 2, USA Today reports. That's a 26% jump from last year and would be a record day for the seventh straight year,... More »

On Cyber Monday, a 'Threat' Has Emerged Against Amazon

Target, Walmart, other retailers could suck share on what's set to be biggest online shopping day yet

(Newser) - Nearly 70 million Americans will be plopped in front of their computers or phones today, and not just because they're back to the grind after the long holiday weekend. It's Cyber Monday, an online extension of the Black Friday sales that have gone on for years, and Reuters... More »

Costco Pays Dearly for Shopping SNAFU

Website crashed on Thanksgiving, costing the company an estimated $11M in sales

(Newser) - Black Friday 2019 is winding down, and if there's a quote that sums up the gist of the day's coverage, it might be this one in the Wall Street Journal . "The mad rush isn’t here anymore," says Reila Prose of the San Antonio area while... More »

This Is the Shortest Holiday Shopping Season Since 2013

More intense scramble predicted

(Newser) - The mad scramble between Thanksgiving and Christmas just got six days shorter. Black Friday once again kicks off the start of the holiday shopping season. But with six fewer days than last year, it will be the shortest season since 2013 because Thanksgiving fell on the 28th—the latest possible... More »

Dad: 10-Year-Old 'Out of Her Mind' With Christmas List

She wants $4K, plus a lot of other stuff

(Newser) - One 10-year-old girl's Christmas list is being labeled " most extravagant ," " lavish ," and " one of the strangest gift lists any child has ever assembled," among other slightly less benevolent descriptors . The list went viral after the kid's father shared it on Twitter last... More »

12 Fun Things From Oprah's, Gwyneth's Holiday Gift Guides

It's that time of year, when the world falls in love ... with $88 bath salts

(Newser) - It's the season of giving ... really, really, really fancy things. At least according to Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow, who are out with their 2019 holiday gift guides. If you were to buy all of Oprah's Favorite Things , which number about 80 this year, it would set you... More »

Got $5K at Your Disposal? This Doll Can Be Yours

Three of these American Girl dolls are available, decked out in 5,000 Swarovski crystals and beads

(Newser) - Don't know what to get for the girl who has everything? How about a doll decked out in thousands of dollars worth of bling? If you've got $5,000 lying around and can make arrangements with an American Girl flagship store in Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago,... More »

The Best Black Friday Guides, and the 'Nasty Surprises'

Top primers on top deals

(Newser) - It's Black Friday, and if you didn't get a jump on your holiday shopping on Thanksgiving itself (or even if you did), there are more deals waiting for you today. The New York Times sums up what products make sense to shop for (video games, "smart" home... More »

How Toys R Us Has 'Risen From the Grave'

You'll find Geoffrey's Toy Box in hundreds of Kroger-owned stores nationwide

(Newser) - In March Toys R Us announced it was closing for good and leaving 33,000 people out of work. But the Washington Post reports on the toy retailer's "complicated comeback," saying it has come "crawling back" from what looked to be a certain demise. Geoffrey (the... More »

This Year's Goop Gift Guide Includes an Entire Village

But it's only $173K

(Newser) - It's the most wonderful time of the year: That's right, time for Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop to release its holiday gift guide . This year's guide includes an entire Spanish village that is for sale for $172,910, though, to be fair, that item is included in the... More »

68.9% Off?! Stores With the Best Black Friday Discounts

WalletHub ranks 35 major stores by average discount

(Newser) - Black Friday is just a week and a half away, and WalletHub has the lowdown on which stores you might want to hit up. The site analyzed Black Friday ads from 35 major US retailers—comprising almost 7,000 deals—and ranked the stores by average discount. That's not... More »

Amazon Offers a New Perk on Shipping

All customers can get it free for a while, with no minimum purchase

(Newser) - Amazon made another aggressive move against rivals Monday in the quest for online shoppers. The company is temporarily offering free shipping to all customers—Prime or no—on all purchases, reports USA Today . It's the first time Amazon has made such an offer without a minimum order requirement. In... More »

It Was Strongest Retail Season in Years. Now, $90B in Returns

Retail sales up 4.9% over last year, biggest jump since 2011

(Newser) - The early returns are in for US retailers from the holiday shopping season, and the word "robust" comes to mind. In fact, this season has seen the strongest growth since 2011, reports USA Today . Specifically, retail sales from Nov. 1 through Christmas Eve rose 4.9% over last year,... More »

'Secret Santa' Pays Off $10K in Toy Store Layaway Orders

The generous stranger footed the bill for 62 orders at a New Jersey Toys 'R' Us

(Newser) - On Friday a man walked into a Toys "R" Us in Cherry Hill, NJ, with the intention of doing a little holiday shopping for his son, and walked out having paid for the layaway orders of more than 60 strangers. NJ.com reports that this "secret Santa,"... More »

TVs May Be Best Deals for Black Friday Shoppers

The holiday shopping sprint is underway

(Newser) - Black Friday is here, and 2017's version looks like it might be the strongest one in recent years, reports Business Insider . Generally speaking, crowds are looking larger, perhaps thanks to metrics such as low unemployment and a rising stock market. "The turnout is clearly better than the last... More »

Consumer Group Unveils Year's 10 Worst Toys

Fidget spinners, Wonder Woman sword made the list

(Newser) - Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword, and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's annual list of the worst toys for the holidays. World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH, unveiled the top 10 list Tuesday at a Boston children's... More »

Black Friday Sales to Watch Out For

Including $99 laptops and a $190 PS4

(Newser) - Retailers including Sears, Kmart, and Target are kicking off holiday sales early this year as a report finds more shoppers plan to spread out their purchases, reports USA Today . Then there are those hoping to draw the Black Friday crowds. Though Nov. 24 is still weeks away, these retailers are... More »

Target Shaking Up Black Friday Shopping

No more 24-hour Black Friday shopping

(Newser) - Target is offering shoppers a breather after holiday shopping on Thanksgiving, the AP reports. The Minneapolis-based discounter says it will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving and then close at midnight local time. Its stores will then reopen at 6am local time on Friday until 10pm, 11pm, or midnight local time.... More »

One State's Top Holiday Gift for 2017: Duct Tape

A look at what's projected to be the hottest gift in each state

(Newser) - Will the holiday season's biggest seller this year be an electronics item, a hot toy, or duct tape? Depends on which state you live in, per a 24/7 Wall St. analysis. The site checked out both the most popular gift items on Amazon.com and projected Google keyword searches... More »

Target Plans Big Bump in Hiring for Holidays

Chain will hire 100K, up from 70K last holiday season

(Newser) - Target is increasing the number of people it hires to work during the holidays by 40%, to 100,000. The Minneapolis retailer said Wednesday that the seasonal hires, up 30,000 from 70,000 people it hired last year, will stock shelves at its more than 1,800 stores or... More »

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