The decorations, the family get-togethers, the ugly sweaters — these are the unmistakable signs that the holiday season is in full swing. But no December would be complete without the final mad dash to buy gifts for loved ones on your list. And if you're like me, you may have a gift or two (or 10) left to buy at the last minute. No sweat, you aren't alone. While people started searching on Google for gifts in mid-October, holiday shopping is far from finished. ...
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Retailers mix holiday tunes and scents to spur Christmas sales
December 15, 2012
From Raleigh News & Observer
DURHAM -- Inside the wooden doors of Morgan Imports, Christmas trees twinkle with holiday lights as the words of Frosty the Snowman linger in the air. The scent of Fraser fir wafts through the space, and the temperature is kept on the chilly side ...
The True Cost of Free Shipping
December 17, 2012
What shoppers seem to want most this holiday season is free shipping. But at what cost? Before the end of 2012, about 90 percent of retailers say they will offer free shipping, according to Shop.org, the website of the National Retail Federation trade group. But that kind of near-universal acceptance leaves a lot of room for variety.