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  • Activation fees for gift cards are tough to justify

    Why does it cost $4 to activate a gift card? Encino resident Carol Powell, 67, posed that question to me after being told by a Target cashier about the cost for getting a $25 prepaid card up and running. Powell planned to give the card to a low-income...
  • Retailers preparing for Super Saturday

    Retailers preparing for Super Saturday
    It is time to panic. Procrastinators who spent the last two months rolling their eyes at holiday promotions that began on Halloween and avoiding the Black Friday crowds are facing the final shopping rush. And retailers are striving to meet them where...
  • Retailers remake Easton

    Retailers remake Easton
    The day after Thanksgiving, on the outskirts of Easton, a frenzied line of shoppers battled for deals on big-screen TVs and DVD players. Downtown, other customers quietly wandered into the Mercantile Home on Northampton Street to browse and buy...
  • Holiday shoppers are splurging on pet gifts

    Holiday shoppers are splurging on pet gifts
    Eric Bouffard and Tamiko Manago were suffering through that familiar Christmas ritual: coaxing their little one to look into the camera while perched on Santa's lap. "Right here, Charlie! Look here, Charlie!" Manago implored one recent night at Westside...
  • For Fido and friends, no shortage of holiday gifts

     For Fido and friends, no shortage of holiday gifts
    Bella the Shih Tzu has it pretty good. The 6-year-old rescue gets picked up weekly for a grooming appointment at Lincoln Park pet boutique Barker and Meowsky. He has seven sweaters, some of them cashmere, and four beds in various rooms around his owner'...
  • Last-minute shoppers hit Central Florida stores

    Last-minute shoppers hit Central Florida stores
    Brandon McGee needed a gift for his girlfriend on Christmas Eve and because he's only 15, he also had to have a ride to the Altamonte Mall. "I had to get my dad and brother here somehow, so I just bought tickets to see "The Hobbit," said McGee of...
  • Last-minute Christmas shoppers push online, mall traffic

    Last-minute Christmas shoppers push online, mall traffic
    Luis Olmeda stood outside the Zumiez store at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg beside a stroller stuffed with bags from J.C. Penney and Vans. He carried his 1-year-old daughter, Natalia, because a new Pintail longboard skateboard sat where she normally would....
  • Central Florida shoppers snap up after Christmas deals

     Central Florida shoppers snap up after Christmas deals
    Christmas is 364 days away, but that wasn't stopping Central Florida shoppers from spending Friday preparing for Santa Claus' next visit. "I want to change the color theme next year," said Jessica Powers, standing in the crowded holiday decoration...
  • Big discounts, crowds, return fraud expected with post-Christmas sales

    Big discounts, crowds, return fraud expected with post-Christmas sales
    Retailers girded themselves for the second busiest shopping day of the year, but the day after Christmas is also known for something less beneficial to the bottom line: hordes of returns. Americans were expected to throng stores to give back unwanted...
  • Shoppers In Post-Christmas Rush Say They Had More Money To Spend This Year

    Shoppers In Post-Christmas Rush Say They Had More Money To Spend This Year
    The sun-splashed sidewalks were busy, if not mobbed, at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk on the day after Christmas, the traditional start of the post-holiday rush of returns, bargain hunting and gift-card spending. "We've got gift cards burning...
  • Bullish holiday shoppers are eager to spend

    Bullish holiday shoppers are eager to spend
    Holiday shoppers were back in force Friday, clutching gift cards, searching for deals, returning unwanted presents and feeling pretty good about the year ahead. Each year, Erin Neubauer, 45, spends the day after Christmas buying ornaments with her...