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What is "Hidden City" Airfare Ticketing and is it Legal?

A 22-year-old programmer named Aktarer Zaman made headlines this week when he was sued by United Airlines and Orbitz over his website Skiplagged, which helps travelers find cheaper fares through the practice of "hidden city" ticketing. According to the complaint, United says the whiz kid "intentionally and maliciously" interfered with airline industry business relationships "by promoting prohibited forms of travel." But what is this practice, and do the airlines have any right to shut it down?

Thursday Jolt: Unlocked, Refurb iPad mini for $245, 65" Samsung Smart HDTV for $975

Merry Christmas! No doubt you reading this through a food-and-nog coma, having already given and received enough presents. But with the holiday gifting season over, you can think about what you REALLY want. If that pottery kit from Aunt Marge isn't doing it for you, see if you can use the store credit on one of the items below, like an unlocked, refurbished iPad mini for the best price we've ever seen, or a 65" Smart HDTV. These offers and more are in the Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning

Streaming of a White Christmas: 10 Holiday TV Specials Available Free or Cheap Online

With the temperature dropping and family and friends gathering close, what better way to pass the time than watching some seasonal programming? You don't need a cable subscription to enjoy your favorite holiday episodes from hit TV shows, since many are available online. So come all ye un-entertained, and enjoy some of our favorite streaming holiday TV specials.

5 Games to Look for During the Steam Holiday Sale

Steam's annual Holiday Sale means massive discounts for PC gamers. Since many of the best Steam Sale deals pop up only briefly, we've rounded up a few quality titles to watch for that will help fill your game library without emptying your wallet. You're likely to find these games, at these prices, and know that they're worth your time.

12 Things That Will Be Less Expensive in 2015

The Great Recession may have technically ended over five years ago, but that's probably a surprise to millions of Americans still worrying about their budgets. A modicum of relief is on the way in 2015, as prices fall on some popular goods and services. From cranberry sauce to a Kia sedan, read our predictions for things that will be cheaper in the coming year.

The Humble Beginnings for 7 Famous Retailers

While it's possible today to start big, big, big with a bankroll of private financing, that's not exactly how many of America's iconic brands got off the ground. In an overwhelming number of cases — and with the seven examples listed here — humble origins preceded the evolution into something huge.

Don't Forget About Cyber Monday!

Sure, the deals are great on Black Friday, but don't forget that Cyber Monday is just around the corner! Sales will be starting as early as tomorrow, and the best way to save is to be prepared. Find out what to buy, where to buy it, and more with our Cyber Monday guides:

What It Takes to Score a Doorbuster Deal

Navigating through stores on Black Friday can be a nightmare. But what if there's a Black Friday doorbuster you simply must have? As professional deal hunters, we're here to show you how to increase your chances of getting that super deal, and more importantly, how to decide if it's worth your time in the first place.

Nobody Wants to Tweet About Cyber Monday

When it comes to the numerous shopping days that arise at the end of November — Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and their more-forced ilk (like Mobile Monday) — word of mouth is a powerful promotional tool to get shoppers excited to spend. And, in theory, save. But which of these shopping events gets people chattering the most? The answer makes sense, but might seem contradictory to what we know about these events.

Black Friday Who? How to Prepare for Cyber Monday!

All things considered, it's relatively easy to prepare for Black Friday — what with the ad leaks and analyses starting months ahead of time. But then, just days after Black Friday, you're blindsided by another amazing shopping day that you're just not ready for! Well not this year. We put together some tips and tricks to make sure you hit Cyber Monday running.

Toys R Us Black Friday Ad Analysis: Stock Up on Skylanders, 50% Off LEGO

Better late than never, Toys "R" Us has finally put out its Black Friday ads. These stores will open up at 5 pm local time on Thanksgiving, with a handful of in-store exclusives that are certain to make kids melt and parents grumble. Will any of the Fabulous 15 toys break tradition and see super savings? (Spoiler alert: Nope.) Read on for our full Toys "R" Us ad analysis.

Best Black Friday Home Ads: Finally, an Affordable Dyson Vacuum

If you can get past the pages and pages of TV and tablet ads, you'll see that retailers are cooking up some seriously great home deals this year. We've scoured the Black Friday ads from top to bottom to bring you the appliances, gadgets, and kitchenware deals that are set to save you the most money. Read on for our favorite Black Friday home ads.

Black Friday Price Matching Guide: What Walmart, Target, and More Will Offer

Black Friday is right around the corner, and hordes of savvy shoppers are going to descend on malls near you to scoop up the best deals immediately. If you want another way to get the best Black Friday offers, you should look into price matching policies. Here's a guide to understanding price matching, including some breakdowns of the Black Friday price matching policies for specific retailers.

Is the 'Holiday Creep' Actually Slowing Down?

'Tis the season... but which one? It used to be that you could walk down the road, see the leaves changing, feel the crispness in the air, and smell the pumpkin spice, and you'd know it's fall. But over the years Black Friday has turned into Black Friday Eve and this year retailers are flat out opening on Thanksgiving.

Best Black Friday Hardware Ads: Stocking Stuffer Discounts from Sears, More

High-tech gadgets aren't the only items to go on sale on Black Friday. As it turns out, Black Friday is also a great time to stock up on power tools and home appliances for the do-it-yourselfer. We've hand-picked the best deals from Ace Hardware, Sears, and Harbor Freight Tools for an early look at what we can expect later this month.

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