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A long line might actually be the quickest line. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Why is this line so long?

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.
Shopping by smartphone is taking off. Credit card and mobile phone via shutterstock.com

Cyber Monday gives a big boost to mobile commerce

Americans' reliance on their smartphones and tablets will drive online shopping revenue to new heights – and could introduce new buying experiences as well.
Is Black Friday already a relic? Reuters

Is Black Friday a thing of the past?

'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. Paul Townsend

Amazon price glitch: to buy or not to buy, that is the moral question

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? Jakub Kaczmarczyk/EPA

Shopping online at work? Feel free to blame your boss

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…

Beware the zombie hordes of Black Friday

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…

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