Shoppers, start your engines …
Some can't wait to hit the ground running while others would rather endure a root canal. Certain characteristics help explain who is in which group.
A long line might actually be the quickest line.
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Don't despair if, once you've gathered your shopping items, you're met by a single line that looks a mile long. Queuing theory suggests this is likely the fastest way to get you rung up and moving on.
A mascot for Alibaba’s online shopping site Tmall urges customers to buy on Singles Day.
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Chinese customers spend billions on Nov. 11. Why, and what does it mean for the global retail marketplace?
Compulsive spending or shopping is considered an impulse control disorder.
Compulsive spending is on the rise, here's what you need to know.
The Choose Love pop-up store in London set up to help refugees.
Materialism has an ugly face but it is here to stay. Rather than focusing efforts to diminish it we should utilise materialism to benefit wider society.
With the retail industry struggling, the need to lure people into spending has never been greater.
Are you ready?
A retail scholar explains what drives consumers to behave badly on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Closed on November 24.
On Black Friday, November 24, outdoor retailer REI will close its stores and urge customers to #OptOutside. But a historian calls this popular campaign light green environmentalism at best.
In-person shopping remains popular.
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Holiday retail sales may boom this year – and the lion's share will not be online purchases. Yet brick-and-mortar retail stores are facing heavy internet competition.
Will the rest of the world catch up with a trend which encourages gift buying for yourself?
Deep discounts attracted hordes of shoppers to Wal-Mart and elsewhere on Black Friday weekend.
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A mix of economic unease and fears of the growth of online shopping is pushing retailers to offer ever-steeper discounts, but there's a better strategy to make it through the holidays in the black.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday start the frenzy of Christmas spending. Don't let them lure you in with their deals.
Is Black Friday still a thing?
While some pundits claim the much-hyped shopping day that follows our Thanksgiving feasts has lost its relevance, the reality is a lot more complicated, as four important facts show.
Shopping by smartphone is taking off.
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Americans' reliance on their smartphones and tablets will drive online shopping revenue to new heights – and could introduce new buying experiences as well.
Black Friday sales are expected to continue their upward trend thanks to savvy retailers and consumers who can't resist a bargain.
Whose hand is on the card?
The end-of-year shopping whirlwind is underway. How does your credit card issuer watch out for fraudulent purchases on your account amid all those transactions?
Is Black Friday already a relic?
'Christmas creep' is pushing the holiday shopping season earlier and earlier. Has Black Friday – its traditional start – lost its luster?
“In a dance as old as time”: Bristol shoppers get ready for some 1950s bargains.
Christmas is never plain sailing. It’s tough on consumers trying to work out how much food to buy and how to get their hands on the latest must-have toy for children, and it’s tough for retailers trying…
Do online shop staff do online shopping while at work in their online shopping warehouse?
On Friday we witnessed images reminiscent of the London Riots from a few years ago. People with a crazed look in their eyes descended on shopping malls to plunder their contents. They fought with others…
The evisceration scene. Connoisseurs of zombie cinema will know that this is near mandatory but, at this point, I’m going to assume that you have no idea what I am talking about. It goes like this. Imagine…