Target Frantically Debuts Free Shipping to Woo Holiday Shoppers

The holiday retail wars are upon us! Macy's kicked off the melee by announcing they'd open at 6 pm on Thanksgiving; now Target says free shipping will be available for every damn thing on their website until December 20. Go right ahead and order that sack of Dove chocolates for your honeybun's stocking. » 10/22/14 12:50pm 10/22/14 12:50pm

There's No 'Hot Holiday Toy' This Year. Can Christmas Even Happen?

It's a holiday tradition as American as eating too much and falling asleep in a chair while inane football comedy blares loudly from the flatscreen — adults deciding that all kids should be just nuts for a Hot Holiday Toy, and then redirecting that hysteria into ruining Christmas. This year, however, a problem: there … » 11/22/13 3:00pm 11/22/13 3:00pm

The Least Practical Items From Oprah's $18,000 Favorite Things List,…

Even in the face of tragedy, the buying of expensive crap must go on. At least, if you're Oprah. And so, while entire towns are still closed off in New Jersey and children in Staten Island don't have shoes, Oprah released a resurrected version of her famed Favorite Things list filled with even higher frivolity-level… » 11/02/12 2:45pm 11/02/12 2:45pm

Expert Confirms That Shoppers Hate Holiday Bullshit

Nancy Puccinelli of Oxford University's Saïd Business School confirms what anybody who has been to a mall in the past ten years can tell you: excessive decorations, intrusive music, and "enforced holiday cheer" are obnoxious and grating. She says, "We know from studies of consumer behavior that moderation in festive… » 12/07/11 2:00pm 12/07/11 2:00pm

Eff Being A Black Friday Zombie, Hungry For Saaaaales

It's Black Friday again, so I guess everyone, especially parents, will be running around like a bunch of assholes looking for the Hot Shit Holiday Toy of 2011/12. Normally I would have slept right through this day without so much as a raised smirk in its honor, so oblivious to the hassle I was. See, it's a multi-part… » 11/22/11 12:00pm 11/22/11 12:00pm