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Alison Barretta

Alison Barretta

Based out of Philadelphia, Alison has been a member of the DealNews content team since 2008. She joined the Features team as a contributor to share the knowledge and experience that comes with being a daily deal-slinger. Prior to joining DealNews, Alison worked as a newsroom intern at CBS 3 Philadelphia, and frequently assisted with their consumer reports segments, researching such topics as credit card scams and hidden calories in healthy foods. (It was likely at that point that she realized her destiny.) In her freelance career, she has covered a variety of topics, such as technology, hockey, and education.

Alison is also responsible for 89% of the cat photos that appear on LCD deals.

Alison Barretta's Most Recent Blog Posts

Deals That Make You Go Hmmm...: The 11 Most Unusual Black Friday Deals We've Ever Seen

TVs, laptops, toys — you'll see loads of these items discounted on Black Friday. But who expects to see a discount on a Wampa rug? How about an iPotty iPad Holder for kids? We've scoured the DealNews archives to bring you the 11 most unusual Black Friday deals.

6 Reasons Why the In-Store Pickup Trend Will Continue to... Pick Up

While studies show that in-store pickup isn't any more efficient than just buying in-store, that hasn't stopped brick-and-mortar shops from adopting and promoting the service, nor has it dissuaded customers from using it. What's driving the demand, and who benefits from it most?

12 American Snacks in Unbelievable Flavors You Can Only Find in Japan

Where can you find a wasabi-flavored Kit Kat, or a Starbucks Frappuccino with cherry blossom petals? That would be none other than Japan, where a fascination with novelty has spurred an endless array of flavor fusions. Join us as we take a look at 12 of the most intriguing snacks to ever hit Japanese shores.

Deals That Make You Go Hmmm...: The Most Unusual Black Friday Deals

TVs, laptops, toys — you'll see loads of these items discounted on Black Friday. But who expects to see a discount on prosthetic cat ears? How about a free bag of real reindeer poop? We've scoured the DealNews archives to bring you the most unusual Black Friday deals.

Who is That "Amazon Robot"? Meet Danbo!

Are you familiar with Danbo, the "Amazon Robot" that's made up of Amazon boxes? For obvious reasons, Danbo is considered Amazon's mascot. But who's the one responsible for the creation of this tiny cardboard creature? (Hint: It's not Amazon.)

Grocery Store Sushi vs. Restaurant Sushi: Which Has More Fish for the Money?

Today is International Sushi Day, and we're wondering which establishments offer the most bang for your buck when it comes to buying the delicious dish. Contrary to popular belief, our research shows that grocery stores like Whole Foods actually have more fish than most restaurants!

The First DealNews Retail Awards: Epic Price Mistakes, Strange Deals, and More

With 2013 still fresh in our minds, we've decided to take a look back at the year in retail with the hope of gleaning some useful lessons for the coming year. From epic price mistakes and mind-boggling deals, to cringe-worthy CEO fails, we present to you the 2013 DealNews Retail Awards!

Amazon and Walmart Will Offer the Best Black Friday Deals Online

Want to know where to score the top deals during Black Friday? We took to the DealNews archives and compiled a list of the top five online stores that offered the largest number of Editors' Choice-caliber deals last year. Per usual, Amazon came out on top, but we're also welcoming a newcomer to the list for 2013!

Sushi Cost Analysis: Grocery Store Sushi Has More Fish Than Restaurant Sushi

We're keen on sushi lunches, but we realize that it's a pricey alternative to standard fast food fare. As such, we wondered where our dollar takes us when we're in the mood for Japanese-style seafood. How much fish are we actually consuming for all that coin? And furthermore, how much are we really saving if we opt to purchase our sushi from a supermarket versus a restaurant?