San Francisco -
It looks as if California got its wish for rain as a storm hit the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday night. Rain and wind continued all day Thursday and is expected to let up by the weekend.
Based on the long lines, maddening crowds, and general human insanity observed in stores across the U.S. last month on Black Friday, consumers clearly still have a passion for finding deals in this post-Thanksgiving retail ritual.
It's less than week away until Santa Claus comes down that chimney to deliver gifts for Christmas. Question: how did Santa Claus pay for all those presents? Let's hope it wasn't with a credit, otherwise he'll be in serious trouble.
Fort Worth -
Due to the economic situation of many Americans across the United States, a significant portion of adults have become the Grinch and said they prefer to skip Christmas entirely this year because they can't afford it.
It's only been a few hours since the madness known as Black Friday began, but some videos are already making their way onto YouTube. One video shows shoppers going berserk over cellphones, while another shows a consumer cussing out the store.
Black Friday starts the holiday shopping season in earnest. This year, as every year, shoppers have a choice between the big box retailers and the smaller more local stores. Every dollar can make a difference to which stores make it and which don't.
Reports are surfacing many retailers have intended to start their "Black Friday" sales earlier this year. While some stores have not made any formal announcements yet, ad leaks are showing the start times retailers are offering for Black Friday.
With four consecutive monthly retail sales increases, a new report from Statistics Canada found that retailers suffered a weak final month of the year. The statistical analysis suggested that retail sales were down 0.2 percent to $38.6 billion.
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Gadgets, software and digital gear are among the most popular gifts for the holiday season. But the holidays bring out the worst in many retailers and if you're not up on what means what, you are ripe to be scammed. Here are the top scams to avoid.