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2011 Valentine's Day Delivery Deadlines

From iPods to necklaces, the following vendors will guarantee Valentine's day delivery when orders are placed before the listed deadlines.

New List Ranks 10 Most Liked Retailers on Facebook

Wondering what it takes to make it to the top of the list of retailers liked on Facebook? A million likes? 10 million likes? We've got a list of the top 10 in order, and you'll be surprised at the number of followers at the top of the list.

How to Score With the HDTV Dating Game

Picking a TV to buy is a lot like getting married — you're going to be spending a lot of time together in your house, and you hope it will last forever. To help you pick a TV mate, dealnews has created its own version of a dating game (because we know what you're really thinking about when you hear about ultra-slim displays). Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

10 Tips for a Sustainable Super Bowl Party

Even if you are not a Green Bay Packers or Pittsburgh Steelers fan, your heart is telling you to Go Green this Super Bowl Sunday, as in, root for the environment. But how do you get a room full of partying jocks to follow your lead? Try these 10 plays.

Psychology of Shopping: When "Free" Isn’t Really Free

If you are one of the millions easily lured by free offers, stop and think for a minute about what's behind these deals so you don't spend more than you intend. We've dug into the psychology of free to keep you safe from being scammed.

Price Trends Show Huge Drops on 55" TVs, Especially 3D

Big screens require a big budget. Or so we used to think. Recent data we've collected shows that in the past 12 months, name-brand 55" LCDs — the especially top-of-the-line models with built-in 3D — have plummeted in price. Find out by how much.

Don't Want to Get Naked? Try On a Virtual Fitting Room

Do you ever balk at trying on clothes at a store — especially bathing suits and other intimates — because you just don't want to get naked? Technology is coming to your aid! Check out this virtual fitting room that allows you to try on clothes in the comfort of your own home, without even taking your clothes off.

8 Ways to Save While Snowbound in the 2011 Blizzards

Stuck at home this winter while the weather is blustery? Now's the time to take a look at the way you are dealing with the cold, and we've got suggestions for improvement, from the type of rock salt you use to the drafty spaces under your doors to cozy hot chocolate you can order online.

Travel Plans Ruined? Some Advice to Get By

Stuck in the snow? With most flights not going anywhere, and the winter not even half over, you know that even if you haven't been delayed so far this winter, you likely will be at some point. Here's some advice we rounded up to help you get through the experience.

What's Behind Free iPhone Apps and Sale iPhone Apps

Ever wonder why iPhone apps, which are already pretty low in price, go on sale or are free? We did, which is why we asked a number of app-makers what's behind the decision to go free or go on sale.

How About We ... Be a Groupon?

Ever wonder what it's like to be one of the businesses giving out a Groupon deal? Are you flooded with customers within minutes? Does it cost tons of money? Is it worth the hype? We've got the behind-the-scenes story of one dating service that is living the dream.

AmazonTote Aims for Local Delivery Market

Standard shipping not good enough for you? Tired of paying extra for overnight delivery? Amazon is on the verge of expanding a pilot program to deliver products directly to your doorstep in trucks, bypassing all mail services. Intrigued? We've got the details.

Can Lady Gaga Save Polaroid and 3D Save Kodak?

Lady Gaga and Polaroid. Really? Yes. If you want to know what those two are doing in business together (and how Kodak is betting on 3D to save the company), then read on...

As 17,000 Fake Pillow Pets Seized, Make Sure Yours Is Real

U.S. marshals got tipped off to a warehouse full of illegal Pillow Pets in New York, making for interesting reading on a snow day. We wrote about the dilemma over Pillow Pets and fakes this fall, and put together a fun Kung Fu video to illustrate the point.

Psychology of Shopping: Why $29.99 Looks Better Than $30

Ever wonder why most Walmart prices end in 97 cents and most other stores end theirs with 99? We've got the psychology behind consumer pricing.

Retail Future: An iPad for Every Store Clerk

Imagine walking into a store and being greeted by a clerk that knows your name and is able to help you find what you want in the store with the swipe of a few screens — and if they don't have what you want, to order it to be delivered. This is the future of retail, and it's here now...

How Not to Get Duped When Giving to Green Charities

Nobody wants to get ripped off, but you especially don't want to get duped when you are trying to do a good deed. So if you want to put your money where you heart is and give to charities, make sure to follow these tips to avoid getting scammed.

Best Time to Buy Everything Calendar

Feeling let down after the holiday season and need to know when your next big sales fix is going to come? Worry no more. We've got you covered with this calendar of the best times to buy (nearly) everything under the sun.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: iPad, iPod, iPhone

The Verizon iPhone becoming a reality did nothing to stem the tide of rumors. In fact, we've not seen this many iRumors all together, in one place, since iRumor Con '09. That was not a real event, but you can imagine it, can't you?! Anyway. Enjoy our latest Rumor Roundup. You'll be glad you did!

Awards for the 10 Best Companies for Customer Service

Great service keeps customers spending money, so in today's economy, getting an award for having the best customer service is like winning an Oscar. Find out this year's top 10 and find out why customers think these companies are better than all the rest.

Are Major 3D TV Price Drops Coming Soon?

We all know that 3D TV hasn't caught on. Do you blame it on the geeky glasses? The lack of interesting programming? The price? There is an even more important factor that most people don't consider, and we've got the scoop on that from our 3D expert, and how that reason is going to affect prices.

Are You Being Tricked Into Wanting an All-Inclusive Resort Vacation?

When you see the ads for all-inclusive resort vacations, do you salivate or think people are being suckered? We looked into the psychology behind resort deals to see if they're any good.

8 Easy Ways to Save 50,000 Gallons of Water

Doesn't 50,000 gallons of water sound like a lot? It sure does to us, and that why we think you shouldn't waste that much of it anymore! Follow these 8 simple tips for saving water and you'll be swimming in praise from Mother Nature.

eBay Hopes Fashion App, Red Laser and Milo Local Will Boost Mobile Shopping

Research continues to pour in that people are using their mobile phones to do all kinds of shopping activities except actually buying stuff. eBay is hoping to turn the tide with a combo of apps. Find out how they are trying to change the game.

12 Things That Will Cost Less in 2011

How much will a Blu-Ray player cost this year? How cheap will you be able to score a 55" HDTV? We've got the answers in our run-down of electronics price drops we’ll see in 2011.

Is Star Wars in 3D the New Hope?

If you've ever wondered what Star Wars would look like if it had been made with modern technology, you won't have to wait much longer. George Lucas is in the middle of a secret effort to re-make the film in 3D. How much is it costing? Can they really make Princess Leia's hologram now? Will you like it? We've got the answers.

Chris Brogan's Tips for Finding Bargains on Social Media

We met up with omnipresent Chris Brogan, social media expert and author of Trust Agents, at CES and got him to tell us some of his best bargain-hunting tips on social media. It's all about who you follow.

8 Ways to Go Paperless Without Feeling the Cut

It seems as though we've been talking about going paperless for more than a decade now, but it just hasn't happened. Now may finally be the time, with these eight painless tips.

Bargain Hunting Tips from Oprah's New Pal Carson Kressley

With a new gig hosting the find-a-TV-star competition on the Oprah Winfrey Network, you'd think Carson Kressley wouldn't have to shop for anything. But the former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy stylist is a devoted bargain hunter. Find out his secrets …

Can You Watch the Super Bowl in 3D? Would You Want To?

Can't make it to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on February 6? Then you need a great TV! If you're thinking about a 3D model, you'll want to see what we found out about watching the Super Bowl in 3D, and if you'd even want to.

Verizon iPhone Will Debut in February

Not following the live blogging or endless tweeting going on about Verizon's announcement that it will, indeed, start selling the iPhone in February? Get a wrap-up of the news that won't crash your machine right here.

My Cold Life As a Temp UPS Driver Over the Holidays

Our adventurous dealnews writer Ashely Watson braved the snow, the dogs and traffic to help deliver your holiday packages. Ever wonder what life is like for UPS drivers? We've got the behind-the-scenes tale.

3D TV Without Glasses? Not So Fast

You're going to be hearing a lot about 3D TV advances at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, but you won't hear the answer to the biggest question: When can you buy a 3D TV that doesn't require glasses. Lucky for you, we've got the answer.

As Offermatic Expands, Is it Time to Join?

Despite all the advances in digital technology and smartphone apps, many of us are still clipping coupons and organizing printable discounts in old-fashioned file folders. There's a new service that attempts to make this obsolete. With a new set of expanded offerings, is it time to join Offermatic?

The Hidden Story Behind 15 Internet Retailer Names

If Rowland Hussey Macy were living during the Internet age, he might have picked a more search-engine friendly name for his store, like his modern-day compatriots who pick names such as drugstore.com and shoebuy.com. But what about the intrepid few Internet-based retailers who still choose creative URLs? We've got the story on how 15 of these companies got their names.

CES 2011 Highlight Will Be Streaming, Not 3D TVs

The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off today, and technology buffs everywhere are panting to see what magnificent new gizmos will be introduced. We've got a reporter on the floor of the convention to bring you the latest news, starting with a shift in focus away from 3D TV and onto tablets.

10 Best Shopping Apps for 2011

If you want to set the gold standard for shopping on your phone in 2011, then you don't want to miss these 10 apps and mobile sites. Some of them you will have heard of, others will be real hidden gems for your perusal.

11 Money-Saving New Year's Resolutions That Also Save the Earth

You get a 2-for-1 deal with this list of 11 resolutions for 2011 — you can save money and save the earth. Our Greed Dad columnist, Lou Carlozo, offers up simple tips that can really add up, putting extra money in your wallet and keeping more trash out of landfills.

10 Hottest Deals of 2010: Local Beats Big Box

What deals really got you salivating in 2010? We dug through mounds of data to figure out the most popular deals of 2010 based on our internal tracking of "hotness" and found a few surprises. Come browse through what you thought were the best deals of 2010.
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