The run up to Black Friday is often shrouded in secrecy, which makes buying things on the day a lot more frenetic.
Social media is one avenue for proclaiming generosity.
Some people are more inclined to give when they know their friends will find out.
What happens to the leftovers?
Research shows that when Americans are aware of the scale of food waste, and how much energy and water are used to produce food, they support measures to reduce the problem.
A customer shops for a turkey.
Millions of Americans will be shopping for turkeys in the coming days. An economist suggests a few things to keep in mind as you hunt for the perfect bird for your feast.
Trash or treasure?
The internet makes it easier for discarded stuff to land in someone else's home instead of the dump.
The Sears catalog made it easier for anyone to live the American dream.
Sears and other department stores not only changed how Americans consumed but altered the very nature of society and culture as well.
Research indicates that up to a third of all food is wasted – but also shows that anti-waste campaigns frequently backfire.
Research shows that campaigns that try to make consumers feel guilty about the amount they waste often make things worse, not better. A new study poins the way to more effective anti-waste campaigns.
Do you want to make a donation with that?
Checkout charity research suggests that it can boost sales and doesn't ward off customers who don't contribute.
Is chocolate a sustainable market?
The future of chocolate is in question as producers face challenges to keep up with new threats as well as rising demand from new consumer markets.
An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes.
Global travelers are being increasingly asked if they want to pay for local purchases in terms of their home country currency. Here's why you should resist the strong temptation to do so.
Tariffs may help certain industries, but their broader impact on middle- and lower-income consumers is generally harmful.
The president says he's fighting his trade war because a generation of free trade has failed working-class Americans. An economist explains why tariffs will only make things worse.
Is it a scam?
Scam emails and phone calls are on the rise as it becomes ever easier to orchestrate fraud from anywhere in the world. New research sheds light on what makes some of us more susceptible than others.
“No Linky” posters in Montreuil, near Paris. The first one reads “Linky: You can say no.” The second reads “Linky spies on your private life.” Some residents fear data surveillance rather than looking at possible advantages of smart meters.
A recent study suggests that smart meters can help households reduce their electricity use by as much as 5%. Are France’s anti-Linky households listening?
Kentucky bourbon is among the products targeted with retaliatory tariffs by the EU.
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Trump has started a trade war with China and much of the world. Here's what you need to know.
Farmers markets have soared in popularity across the country, such as this one in Missoula, Montana.
Several studies on locavores – people who go out of their way to buy foods and other products from local sources – explore the beliefs and values that makes them tick.
AT&T and Time Warner are among the latest companies to merge.
A scholar of the media business tries to make sense of the flurry of merger news lately, and why the contested tie-up between AT&T and Time Warner will profoundly reshape the American media landscape.
CFPB interim director Mick Mulvaney has brought the bureau to a near-standstill.
The president recently nominated a new permanent director to take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. With the CFPB doing a fraction of the work it did under Obama, what kind of agency will she lead?
Supermarkets are stocking more of their own brands even as they shrink stores.
Supermarkets and consumers might gain from more private label brands, but Australian suppliers are likely to lose out.
Give it a try during your next movie night.
Things and experiences that once seemed so enjoyable usually grow dull over time, something known as hedonic adaptation. Chopsticks offer one way to get some of that pleasure back.
Despite closures, there’s still room for real life shopping.
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Bricks and mortar stores can play a crucial component in the future of retail.