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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 Holiday Gifts for Budding Scientists

Science-minded gifts for kids have gone way beyond the chemistry set. Now, there are kits teaching perfumery, root-beer making and crime scene investigation. Here are 10 of the coolest gifts we've found.

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10 Must-have Toys for 2012

Every holiday season, there's that handful of "it" toys -- the hottest gifts for kids. Which products will Santa be delivering the most in 2012?

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10 Must-have Gadgets for the 2012 Holiday Season

From smartphones to robot vacuums, gadgets make ideal gifts because there's virtually no end to the possibilities. Which ones should be on your 2012 holiday shopping list?

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Does it make sense to buy extended product warranties?

Extended product warranties are a good thing -- most of the time. However, under certain circumstances, it would be in your best interest to ignore the hard sales pitch and steer clear.

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5 Tips For Shopping Online

Shopping online is so easy that people forget that it's fraught with pitfalls. You can buy anything you want with a mouse click, but you have to be careful on the Internet.

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Is Black Friday the biggest shopping day of the year?

Waiting in endless checkout lines can make Scrooges out of the cheeriest holiday shoppers. Many of us brave the mall mayhem to be part of the Black Friday rush. But to retailers' chagrin, most of us are browsing and not buying on this storied day.

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How much do you know about online shopping?

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You don't want to get off the couch and go out into the freezing cold, and fight through throngs of people frantically doing their Christmas shopping? Go shopping online from the comfort of your living room and avoid the hassle.

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