retail

How Online Retailers Make It Easier to Spend Money

Much of what's convenient about online retail — reviews, one-click shopping, fast shipping — is aimed at one thing: reducing the "pain of paying" so you'll spend more.

Part-Time Jobs That Can Get You Serious Discounts

Save money while you make money with these part-time jobs that offer substantial employee discounts in addition to regular part-time paychecks.

5 Red Flags Your Business Might Be Waving

Sales slipping? Customers staying away in droves? Maybe your accountant isn't the only one seeing red.

What Apple Can Teach About Retailing

Apple's retail stores are becoming as iconic as Apple itself. Here's how Apple's retail experience sets the brand apart.

12 Ways to Save Cash on New Clothes

From tips on where to shop to ways to update your existing wardrobe, these suggestions make it easy to stay stylish without breaking the bank.

Adventures in Retail Tedium

I battled my way through a popular chain clothing store, and all I got was this stupid shirt: One consumer's tongue-in-cheek look at shopping retail.

Costs of Adding Ecommerce to Brick-and-Mortar Retailing

As your business grows, you’ll find that expanding via the web will be less expensive for certain P&L line items but require extra spending in other categories.

Where to Shop Your Goods: Survey of Online Marketplaces

Where you list your products is as important as how much you price them, how you deal with customers, and other parts of your operations. Here are some online marketplaces for s

You're a Chump if you Pay Full Price for That

Couponing and bargain shopping are not for everyone. It takes some time to clip the coupons, organize them, and keep track of sales at all of your favorite stores. But since I'

Best Time For Summer Shopping In Europe!

Did your high season European flight take a huge chunk out of your savings? Well, at least the shopping doesn't have to be as painful, even with the weak dollar conversion rates. M

Sample before you buy - Perfume

Lucky Scent: How I learned to stop worrying and love the sample.  Some of my biggest expenditures are made in the fragrance department of Seattle’s downtown Nordstrom. [more]

Customer Service Nightmares - What's a Good Consumerist to Do?

I love the web site Consumerist.com (motto: Shoppers Bite Back). [more]