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Is there a dark side to "doorbuster deals"?

In the grand tradition of retail, all is not always as it seems, and the doorbuster is no exception. Before you camp out for Black Friday, brush up on your retail parlance, and discover the shady side of deals "too good to be true."

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  • 10 Black Friday Horror Stories
    10 Black Friday Horror Stories

    We're not sure why Americans lose their minds at the thought of picking up flashy electronics at big discounts on the day after Thanksgiving. But it happens. Discover 10 fascinating and horrifying true-life tales that happened on Black Friday. See more »

  • 5 Gifts You'll Be Waiting in Line for This Holiday Season
    5 Gifts You'll Be Waiting in Line for This Holiday Season

    It's better to give than to receive. What retailer made that line up? Before you get too cynical about the perils of holiday shopping, pack up some coffee and doughnuts and get out there with the other 5 a.m. shoppers before these hot gifts are gone. See more »

  • Are taxes socialist?
    Are taxes socialist?

    The relationship between taxes and social welfare programs drives the argument that taxes are essentially socialist, but is that really the case? What does it mean to be socialist -- and how does that definition change once one leaves the U.S.? See more »

  • Does some corporation own the patent for my genes?
    Does some corporation own the patent for my genes?

    If you've got at least one kidney, a company called Biogen owns the patent for at least one of your genes. Find about about the contoversial "life patent" trend and what it could mean to the future of medical research. See more »

  • Does your credit card company want you to stay in debt?
    Does your credit card company want you to stay in debt?

    You just got your tax refund, and you want to do the right thing and eliminate debt. But why doesn't your credit card company want you to pay down your balance? See more »

  • How can mortgage-backed securities bring down the U.S. economy?
    How can mortgage-backed securities bring down the U.S. economy?

    If you've picked up a newspaper lately, then you're aware of the economic troubles raging on Wall Street. But the culprit may very well be in your own neighborhood: Are mortgage-backed securities to blame for the mess? See more »

  • How Fair Trade Works
    How Fair Trade Works

    It's pretty trendy to buy and eat organic and sustainable foods, and chances are the swanky coffee shop you frequent proffers some fair trade beans. But what does the label "fair trade" mean? See more »

  • How Freegans Work
    How Freegans Work

    Freegans live off the grid, refusing to buy, work or rent. How do they do it? Dumpster diving. Why do they do it? That's a little more complicated. See more »

  • How Greenwashing Works
    How Greenwashing Works

    Corporations, businesses and even governments spend a lot of money to make themselves appear greener in the public eye. But when environmental claims are false or deceptive, it's considered greenwashing. How do you spot the six sins of greenwashing? See more »

  • How Microlending Works
    How Microlending Works

    Capitalism revolves around the entrepreneurial spirit: Anyone willing to work hard enough to succeed will do so. However, that's easier said than done, especially in the developing world. That's where microlending comes in. See more »

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