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Pandemic pushes start of holiday shopping earlier than ever

Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the holiday season earlier than ever this year in hopes of avoiding big in-store crowds and shipping bottlenecks in November and December.

BBB Tip of the Week: Shopping online and paying in installments

As back to school shopping starts to ramp up, many online shops are offering pay in installment services that target both high school and college-age buyers. Services include a new method of payment such as buy-now-pay-later services.

High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

States will be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big financial win for states.

Froma Harrop: Downtown retail bucks dying-mall trend

Wausau, Wisconsin, for example, has not one vacant storefront in the entire downtown shopping area. The Wall Street Journal singled out Wausau as an important case study because it is America’s most middle-class city.

Wal-Mart works to close gap with Amazon

Wal-Mart’s acquisition of and brands that appeal to younger shoppers gave it an e-commerce boost as it works to close the gap between itself and the online leader. But Amazon keeps innovating too, implementing new technology and trying to make shopping more convenient.

Confession: I’ve never ordered anything from Amazon

Amazon reports its best holiday sales to date. Coincidentally, I received my very first Amazon gift card. I've got my eye on a couple Cd's and my sons are going to talk me through the ordering process. Or. I could just have them do it for me. That's how I get their father's gifts. He tells me what he wants and one of the kids orders it.

Don’t get cyber-Scrooged! Tips for safe online shopping

With Christmas just days away, people are using their smartphones and other devices to get a handle on their last-minute shopping. Hackers are on the hunt as well, looking to steal personal information from easy targets.