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Amazon Flex driver tosses holiday gift

You may have seen doorbell camera videos of sloppy deliveries,…

John Matarese  |  November 27, 2018

These are the 2018 holiday shipping deadlines

With holiday shopping in full swing you may be thinking…

Zac Self  |  November 26, 2018

Find deals on flights, travel right now

There are several travel deals for the holiday shopping season: Now's the time to take advantage of those.TRACK THE DEALS:You can go…

Chelsea Davis  |  November 27, 2018

Retailers rejoice: Shopping records broken

It's official: Black Friday and Cyber Monday are still shopping bonanzas for retailers.Mastercard estimated sales…

Scripps National Desk  |  November 27, 2018

Companies rank customers with secret scores

You may have seen doorbell camera videos of sloppy deliveries,…

Nicole Brady  |  November 26, 2018

Heck no! Stores that won't open Thanksgiving Day

Are you planning to go shopping Thanksgiving night?  Many shoppers…

John Matarese  |  November 20, 2018

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Kohl's

Kohl’s Black Friday 2018 online sales begin

John Matarese  |  November 18, 2018

While Kohl’s will be one of the big retailers open to holiday shoppers on Thanksgiving, it’s starting to offer deals even earlier as its online Black Friday begins at 12:01 a.m. CT Monday. Kohl’s brick-and-mortar stores will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, so those who want to grab the big doorbusters may have to skip the pumpkin pie. While …

Tips to protect your packages from thieves

John Matarese  |  November 16, 2018

Heading into the holiday season, FedEx is offering tips to protect your packages from porch pirates. FedEx suggests shipping to an alternate destination, like a FedEx retail location, family members’ homes, your work or an Amazon Locker. You can also request a signature. Sign up for FedEx Delivery Manager. Reminder, if your package is stolen, …

Spy cameras popping up in Airbnb, VRBO rentals

John Matarese  |  November 15, 2018

Renting a home or condo for a vacation is more popular than ever, thanks to websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway. Unfortunately, a growing number of those rentals are coming with an unwelcome surprise: hidden cameras that record your every move. It’s happening more and more. Just last month, a British couple found a hidden camera inside the alarm clock …

Beware these Black Friday stocking stuffers

John Matarese  |  November 13, 2018

The ads are out, and many of us are now making our Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping plans. But before you start shopping, make sure you know whether you are getting the name brand item or a lookalike, which could leave your loved ones (especially young children) disappointed the day after Christmas. Black Friday …

Pet buyers beware: Puppy scams on the rise

WMAR News  |  November 13, 2018

If you’re thinking of getting a pet for the holidays, be extra careful. The Better Business Bureau says puppy-buying scams are on the rise, and up to 80 percent of sponsored advertisements about pets may be fake. The BBB says their ScamTracker has 907 reports of this type of fraud and the Federal Trade Commission found 37,000 complaints regarding pets, and a …

Travel Images

Air travel crowds for Thanksgiving to be worse

Scripps National Desk  |  November 8, 2018

Next week, folks who are traveling can expect really crowded airport lines. There will be a 7 percent increase in those flying to their Thanksgiving celebrations, the Transportation Security Administration announced. The Thanksgiving rush at airports will last 10 days beginning Nov. 16 and stretching to Nov. 26. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is likely going …

Walmart Black Friday 2018 ad is out

John Matarese  |  November 8, 2018

One of the most anticipated Black Friday ads of the year is finally out. Walmart has unveiled the deals shoppers can snag in its sale, which starts at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Unlike Target, Best Buy and Kohl’s, where lines form outside the store in advance of the opening, Walmart has taken to scattering its lines inside. …

Best Buy 2018 Black Friday ad is out

John Matarese  |  November 8, 2018

Best Buy, the number one destination of Black Friday electronics seekers, is out with its 2018 ad. Once again, doors will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, and if past years are any indication, lines will start forming in the morning for the top 4K TV doorbuster deals. While prices may not be as low on the biggest …

Sears

How safe are Sears warranties during bankruptcy?

John Matarese  |  November 7, 2018

It was America’s retailer, long before Amazon. But now Sears is filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy and closing another 140 stores — in addition to well over 1,000 stores the past five years. While the company will remain in business, longtime customers are a bit nervous, wondering about warranties for all those appliances they bought, as well …