July 19, 1992 |
It may be a variant of other compulsive behaviors like gambling or overeating, and because of the recession, it got a lot more international media attention. The problem, as described by University of Minnesota psychiatrist Gary Christenson, is compulsive shopping. The typical compulsive shopper is a 37-year-old married woman whose family income is $65,000, reported Christenson, who studied 24 compulsive shoppers and compared them with 24 normal spenders.
September 11, 2010 |
Among the funky boutiques, tattoo parlors and foodie restaurants that line eclectic Melrose Avenue, there's a new sight that has longtime store owners and shoppers alarmed: a glut of empty storefronts and for-lease signs. The situation has gotten so bleak in recent months that along one stretch of Melrose, between Fuller and Martel avenues, one-third of the stores are vacant. And that's despite drastic rent reductions from landlords: A few years ago, retail space went for $5 to $6 a square foot, commercial real estate agents said, but prices lately have fallen to $2 to $3 a square foot — rates not seen in more than a decade.
December 2, 2010 |
Shoppers logged on in force for Cyber Monday, spending just over $1 billion at online retailers. It was the heaviest online shopping day in history, representing a 16% increase from last year's $887-million Cyber Monday haul, according to research firm ComScore. The shopping bonanza bookends the Thanksgiving weekend along with Black Friday. Whereas the day after Thanksgiving is associated with hordes cramming into malls at the break of dawn, Cyber Monday deals are designed to draw buyers online.
October 12, 2013 |
Even by the outré standards of the 1980s - when music was full of smooth criminals and material girls - the Pet Shop Boys stood out. Two fashion-conscious English guys with the crisp enunciation of schoolteachers, the pioneering duo made electronic synth-pop that looked to the future just as it drew on the old-fashioned storytelling of Noel Coward and P.G. Wodehouse. But nearly 30 years after it broke out with the worldwide smash "West End Girls," the group might be more singular now than it was back then: It's the exceedingly rare veteran act that's gone about its business - and held onto much of its fanbase - without coming across as desperate or uninspired.
December 26, 2010 |
It's the day after Christmas, and you're staring down a small mound of gifts you'd never ? not in a million years ? purchase for yourself. How to flip that reindeer sweater into a chic cashmere scarf without getting into a tangle with a salesperson? We asked Trina Gupta, founder of Los Angeles-based personal shopping firm Petite Style Studio, to give us her tips on how to return or exchange unwanted merchandise with little to no fuss. Delay and expect to pay "Time is the biggest factor when returning something," Gupta said, "because the stores want to be able to resell the product, and the longer you wait, the less relevant that product becomes.
June 10, 2012 |
TEL AVIV - It's a bright Saturday morning and shopkeepers at the trendy Tel Aviv Port shopping mall are bracing for the thousands of Israeli families about to descend upon the city's busiest outdoor retail promenade. But among the first visitors many Saturdays is a city inspector, who goes store to store issuing $200 citations to business owners for violating Tel Aviv's ordinance against conducting commerce on the Jewish Sabbath. Small-shop owners fire off cellphone text messages to warn one another that the inspector is making the rounds; then they chase out customers and shut their doors until he passes.
December 17, 2010 |
Early this fall, James Reinhart noticed something odd happening at ThredUp, the children's clothing swap site the Harvard Business School graduate and his buddies dreamed up a year ago. Swappers started using the online exchange to trade toys. As the volume of toy trading increased, ThredUp decided there was enough demand to expand its service. The San Francisco start-up officially launched its toy exchange site Dec. 6, just as holiday shopping shifted into full gear. The turn of events at ThredUp signals how dramatically shopping is changing in the wake of the Great Recession.
January 28, 2012 |
Travel is broadening, we are told. The experience of new customs and foods and landscapes is sure to make us better citizens of the planet. And while we have no quarrel with this worldview, for some of us, travel is about shopping - not to the exclusion of all that other spirit-enhancing stuff, but rather, as a soul-affirming enhancement. It's the thrill of a great find - a secret designer outlet store, an antique bracelet, or a great pair of shoes. Most of us deserve only an “amateur” rating when it comes to shopping while traveling, but a series of experts will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show for a panel titled “In the Bag: A Shopper's Guide to the World.” The event is in the L.A. Convention Center's West Hall.