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November 23, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Six-year-old twins Kaitlyn and Kristin Welch spent Friday morning at American Girl Place at the Grove, accompanied by their mother, their grandmother -- and two brand-new American Girl dolls. "They've been doing so well in school," said Linda Kettle, the girls' grandmother. "It's a special reward. " Crowds at the Grove seemed subdued Friday afternoon, with traffic comparable to a typical Saturday's at the popular shopping and dining area in Los Angeles' Fairfax district. Lines of cars hunting for a spot snaked around the eight-story parking garage.
September 15, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
It was an unexpectedly tame and well-behaved affair - until the bags were rolled out. At a Target store in West Hollywood, about 10 minutes after the 8 a.m. launch of the retailer's much-anticipated 3.1 Phillip Lim collection, many of the roughly 150 shoppers who had waited in line in the wee hours were still milling about the already stripped racks. They been let into the store in groups of five. Although some had half-jogged to the display of womenswear, menswear and accessories, the shoppers were largely polite to each other, friendly even, as they heaped armfuls of dresses and tops into shopping carts.
November 22, 2012 | By Joseph Serna and Andrew Khouri
For some bargain-hunters, Black Friday just isn't early enough. Around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, about 40 people stood outside Target at the Glendale Galleria, the line snaking onto Colorado Street. Honey Manuel of Silverlake was first in line, having been there since 2:30 p.m. "What I am doing now is an adventure," Manuel said as a band of teenagers stood nearby grooving to music playing from a phone inside the jacket pocket of their long- haired friend. PHOTOS: Black Friday shoppers hunt for deals In what is becoming something of a Thanksgiving tradition for retailers, businesses lured shoppers with Christmas sales several hours before the clock struck midnight Thursday, not long after some families cleared their tables of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Across Southern California, shoppers were lining up for door-buster bargains, Black Friday deals and a shot at some of the most sought after gifts of the season.
December 24, 2012 | By Shan Li
Shoppers scrambling to buy last-minute presents but avoid the malls spent $1.01 billion on this year's Free Shipping Day. The annual event is scheduled to take place on the last day that orders delivered by ground can be guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. This year, that was Monday, Dec. 17, when more than 1,000 retailers offered free shipping. Free Shipping Day was the beginning of a hectic workweek for online merchants, who raked in $3.69 billion during last week's five weekdays, up 53% from the same period last year, according to research firm ComScore.
July 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Trader Joe's came out on top of a list of favorite North American grocery chains, chosen by more than 6,600 consumers surveyed by Market Force Information. The report, released Wednesday, showed Publix Super Markets and Whole Foods Market rounding out the top three favorites. In the West, Safeway ruled the list. Kroger led in the South and the Midwest, and Stop & Shop reigned in the Northeast. In Canada, Loblaws was the preferred brand. Wal-Mart had the lowest satisfaction score of the 30 brands studied -- even though its score was nearly four out of five, with five the best possible score.
December 23, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
And the “#BeyGood” season continues. Beyoncé stopped by a Wal-Mart in Tewksbury, Mass., on  Friday, shocking hundreds of holiday shoppers with her presence alone. But a simple appearance with hugs and smiles to customers around wasn't the only surprise Beyoncé had in store, according to media reports. After a brief introduction over the intercom, Queen Bey wished everyone a Happy New Year and opened a tab of her own: The first $50 of everyone's holiday shopping was on her. It was a “Merry Christmas” wish to the tune of $37,500 before the singer took the stage as part of her Mrs. Carter Show world tour.
June 18, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Catherine Saillant and Matt Stevens
Attention Los Angeles shoppers: The plastic bag is disappearing from more than just the supermarket. L.A. on Tuesday became the newest and by far the largest city to back a ban on plastic grocery bags, approving an ordinance that applies not just to food stores and mini-marts but also big retail chains with their own groceries, such as Target and Wal-Mart. The ordinance, which has been in the works for years, will go into effect gradually, reaching large stores Jan. 1 and smaller ones July 1, 2014.
June 5, 2012 | By Corilyn Shropshire
CHICAGO - It took a trio of famous sisters - Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian - and their namesake jeans to draw Sajde Kerimi back into Sears. The 29-year-old mother of two usually heads to Nordstrom Rack and H&M to shop, but on a recent weekend Kerimi was in Sears at Woodfield Mall, mulling several pairs of $68 Kardashian jeans. "Normally I wouldn't shop at Sears at all," said Kerimi, who was passing through on her way into the mall. A $38.99 black jumpsuit looked particularly promising.
June 17, 2007
Critics of consumer-driven healthcare worry that cost considerations will prompt patients to forgo care ("High deductibles make low-cost plans risky," June 3). They believe patients should be insulated from cost. But not knowing about the cost doesn't make it free. Increasingly, someone will have to decide between healthcare and other uses for our money. If not consumers, it will be insurers, employers or government. What we are facing is a choice: Continue to fumble blindly toward socialized medicine, which would have a severely negative effect on the economy, or let the "shoppers" in healthcare control their funds and their choices.
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