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Xmas

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Trojan Santa Claus

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Online Shopper

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Poverty Wages in the Land Of Plenty

The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE


Colbert Has a Better Idea for Amazon Than Delivery Drones

Amazon’s latest “Prime Air” plan to drop your orders on your doorstep in half an hour leaves a lot to be desired. But Stephen Colbert has come up with a brilliant way for people to get products instantly—all he needs is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ money.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE


Holiday Shopping

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Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Santa Claus Arrested for Protesting Walmart

He came to California to drop a lump of rhetorical coal on Walmart’s doorstep, and he went away in handcuffs.

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Black Friday Stabbing: At What Point Are Retailers Responsible?

It happened again. Someone got hurt—in this case stabbed—participating in the annual shopping mayhem known as Black Friday.

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Amazon

Something to Be Scared of: Retailers Market ‘Sexy’ Halloween Costumes to Little Girls

Costumes for little girls are now firmly part of the trend toward an overly sexualized Halloween celebration.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Walmart (CC-BY)

Pennies at the Register, Dollars in the Paycheck

Is it really true that higher wages would be devastating for individual consumers? The answer, it seems, depends on your definition of “devastating.”

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Shopping Meter

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Good Grief

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Random Acts of Shopping

What happens when you give your computer a $50 monthly budget and access to your Amazon account?

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Black Friday Sets Record, Cyber Monday Looks to Follow

It appears the controversial decision by some retailers to start Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving has paid off.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE


A Black Friday Video Roundup

Did you stay home for what has become an American commercial tradition? Armed with cellphone cameras, a few fascinated spectators caught riots and stampedes on Black Friday at shopping centers across the country.

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Black Friday

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Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Why You Shouldn’t Shop at Walmart on Black Friday

America’s largest employer is Walmart, whose average employee earns $8.81 an hour. A third of Walmart’s employees work less than 28 hours per week and don’t qualify for benefits.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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The Plastic Bag Is So Passé

The Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ban plastic bags. If approved, the measure, pending environmental review and a subsequent vote, would make L.A. the biggest American city to do away with this major source of pollution.

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The Consumerist

H&M Denies Plagiarizing Artist

Bargain hipster clothing store H&M apologizes “if anyone should think we have copied” Georgia artist Tori LaConsay, whose feel-good graffiti somehow found its way (without permission) onto a bunch of knickknacks. The brand now says it is following up with the artist, but not before taking its lumps on the Internet.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Economic Normalcy Bias

Many who are faced with imminent disaster instantly convince themselves that everything is normal and that they don’t have to modify their behavior.

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Christmas Bills

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Santa Goes Shopping

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AP / Amy Sancetta

Black Friday: The Pepper Spray Holiday

Following the good example set by recent police activity in our great nation, a particularly determined shopper whipped out the pepper spray Thursday night in a bid to fend off competition for an Xbox at a Los Angeles Walmart. That set the tone for a Black Friday alive with holiday spirit.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Sales of Luxury Items Are Soaring

The stock market is up about 80 percent from the recession low in 2009, and America’s rich are back to dropping thousands on shoes, bags and other luxury items.

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Illustration from a photo by Jeffrey (CC-BY-SA)

Tax-Dodging Amazon Drops California Partners

Amazon.com abruptly ended its Associates Program for California residents Wednesday, cutting off roughly 10,000 individuals and small businesses, including this one, from a vital source of income with less than a day’s notice. Like a handful of states, California is trying to force Amazon to collect sales tax. (more)

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Online Personalization Amplifies the Echo Chamber Effect

So you go online and noodle around, and if you’re like many other Internet users, you “Like” things on Facebook, buy some stuff and perhaps use Gmail. Somewhere in there, the little gnomes from Google and other data-gathering superpowers cobble together your cyber-profile.

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Your Consumer Guide to the Apocalypse

If you believe that Saturday will be the Judgment Day prophesied in the Bible—a conclusion being trumpeted by Family Radio of Oakland, Calif.—you may not have considered the loose ends involved. Here’s one: Who’ll take care of your non-Raptured pets? Luckily, some enterprising types ... (more)

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE


A Call to Consume

Step right up and watch as one man in London with a megaphone and a cheeky sense of humor gives voice to the many narratives of consumerism—e.g., “Meditation is a waste of good shopping time!”—and has some fun at the local police’s expense while he’s at it.

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Shopping Sprees From Hell

After a day of overindulgence in food and drink, many Americans observe the nutty consumerist tradition known as Black Friday around the country. Here’s a montage of some of the most frightening stampedes in recent history.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE


Eat Pray Buy
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Eat Pray Buy

Historically, the notion of cross-promotion in the film world has frequently involved plastic products optimized for Happy Meals—collect ’em all! But with changing times and audiences come all new ways to part moviegoers with their pocket money.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


Blame It on the 2 A.M. Worm

Computer security experts have identified a malicious virus that steals your credit card information and orders Mario Batali kitchenware, usually after 2 in the morning. Either that or you were just drunk. Here’s the full story from the satire masters at The Onion.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE


The Profit

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Black Friday 2009

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Recession Chic: Just Another Passing Fad?

As the national economy continues to wreak havoc on many Americans’ lives, even those who remain relatively unscathed by the recession are feeling the need, whether for appearances’ sake or otherwise, to reconsider their spending habits—but will it last?

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The Cure for Shopping Withdrawal

For everyone forced by the global economic meltdown to pinch pennies, the Onion has this friendly reminder that consumption isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Warning: This clip has an abundance of salty language.

Posted on Feb 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Chavez to Mall: Váyase!

Nothing says full of yourself like ordering a Venezuelan mayor to halt construction of a near-complete shopping mall after passing by it in a car. Obviously, President Hugo Chavez has a bit of a ego, though his suggestion to use the facility as a university or hospital, not as a monument to consumption and capitalism, does seem a bit more just.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008 READ MORE


Fifth Avenue
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Wealthy Shoppers Opt for Inconspicuous Consumption

Whereas during boom times not so long ago, the über-loaded were all about having it and flaunting it, some among their ranks are now feeling the need to tone down their spending habits, if only for the sake of appearances.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008 READ MORE



timesonline.co.uk

Tough Times Could Lead to Sex Boom

It seems the British have found a way to cope with the global economic crisis. A survey by the Terrence Higgins Trust, a UK AIDS charity, found that sex is the most popular free activity in the empire, beating out window shopping and going to a museum.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


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A Casualty of Black Friday

What does the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush dubbed Black Friday really symbolize in the U.S.? The death of a Long Island worker after a mob of shoppers rushed into a Wal-Mart certainly shows the worst of American consumerism and excess, but where do we position such exuberance in a time of economic downturn?

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 READ MORE



AP file photo / Loay Hameed

Baghdad Behind Walls

Walls have become ubiquitous in Baghdad, a place where barricades keep militias from one another and hungry shoppers from the nearest kebab. As Iraqis struggle with sovereignty, the barriers are a constant reminder of the American military occupation.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


3 trillion shopping spree

Can YOU Spend $3 Trillion Better Than Bush?

We’ve all heard of Publishers Clearing House, but this is a whole new ballgame, people. Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films team has come up with a game that offers each player the fictional (sigh) amount of $3 trillion, the same amount the Iraq war is projected to cost the U.S., and a whole virtual mall’s worth of fun “shopping” items to buy.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


What Would Jesus Buy?

“Rev. Billy” wants you to stop shopping. He’s the brainchild of an anti-consumerism activist and the subject of a new movie that takes a hard and entertaining look at our shopping-addicted culture just in time for “Black Friday.”

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


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