There's a time cost and a risk of overspending for customers. For retailers, returns can be a massive headache.
The problems from a disappointing gift don't end once you've awkwardly thanked the giver and tossed the wrapping paper.
People who use an appliance a lot save more from an energy efficient model. With the right app, they could easily get a sense of their own potential savings when they shop.
Most Americans underestimate how many calories nutritionists recommend they consume each day, which means maybe you can probably have one more treat without feeling guilty.
The run up to Black Friday is often shrouded in secrecy, which makes buying things on the day a lot more frenetic.
Some people are more inclined to give when they know their friends will find out.
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.
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.
The internet makes it easier for discarded stuff to land in someone else's home instead of the dump.
Sears and other department stores not only changed how Americans consumed but altered the very nature of society and culture as well.
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.
Checkout charity research suggests that it can boost sales and doesn't ward off customers who don't contribute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Trump has started a trade war with China and much of the world. Here's what you need to know.
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.
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.