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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?

VIDEO: What Do You Do With Gifts You Hate?

The week after Christmas is also known as the week in which everyone returns all the awful sweaters (and other unwanted gifts) that they received for the holidays. In this brief video, our experts discuss the ins-and-outs of returning unwanted merchandise.

Cold Comfort: 10 Clothing Items That Are Worth the Splurge

Complaining won't make the cold weather go away, though the right garments can certainly keep it at bay. Here we survey 10 clothing choices that will turn cold and frosty into warm and toasty. Hot cocoa is optional; just don't spill it on these fine specimens of anti-winter wizardry.

9 Things You Didn't Know About New Year's Eve

The year 2014 gave us lots to celebrate. The stock market rebounded, gas prices dropped, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6s, and the bargains kept on coming. Now with New Year's Eve fast upon us, you might well wonder, "What facts might elucidate our general understanding of this fine fete?" Well, that's what we wondered anyway.

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

15 Clever Ways to Give Intangible Gifts

MP3s, streaming movies, online newspapers. Living in a digital world, as we do, is great. But come holiday time, it makes it hard to give these things as gifts. Are you supposed to wrap a confirmation email? BO-RING! To help you step up your game in these increasingly digital times, we now present 15 ways to add a lot more whimsy to giving an intangible gift!

Hands-On Amazon: 7 Tips for Becoming a Top Merchant on Amazon

Amazon houses a rich ecosystem of marketplace sellers that have clawed their way up to top seller status. But cashing in on the marketplace model isn't a matter of merely posting products. You've got to work it, though the question remains: How? We talked to some experts to find out.

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.

These Are the Gift Cards That Everyone Wants This Year

It's getting close to Christmas, and perhaps you're still struggling with ideas for what to get for the friends and family around you. Enter the trusty, easy gift card! If you're not sure what stores might have broad appeal for your giftees, check out this top 20 list of the most in-demand gift cards.

Rumor Roundup: Xbox Virtual Reality Helmet? Morgan Freeman is Ancient? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Is T-Mobile Right? Is 'Data Stash' Really Cooler Than 'Rollover'?

T-Mobile unveiled a new perk that allows users to rollover unused data from month to month. Except the wireless provider can't actually call it "rollover." That's fine though, because CEO John Legere claims that the current name, Data Stash, is cooler anyway. Readers, help us find the answer to this debate!

The Most Dangerous Toys of 2014: What to Get for the Kids You Hate

Why chance ruining the holiday by getting your kids toys that'll harm them? That's not very cheery and in the spirit of things! To make sure you don't spend Christmas in the E.R. check out W.A.T.C.H.'s list of the season's 10 Worst Toys.

VIDEO: Would You Pay a Monthly Fee to Use Windows?

The rumor going around is that the next version of the Windows operating system will be subscription-based. Either you'll pay a monthly fee to use it, or you'll pay a monthly fee for add-ons. In this brief video, our experts discuss the pros and cons of paying a monthly fee to use software.

What to Expect from Super Saturday Sales for 2014

The last weekend before Christmas is a heady, anxious time for shoppers. The so-called "Super Saturday" sales that occur during this time offer one last chance to score a deal on that perfect present. Super Saturday falls on December 20 this year, and we've searched our archives to give you all the data you need to prepare.

Beyond 'It's A Wonderful Life': 10 Streaming Holiday Movies You Probably Haven't Seen Before

Sick of hearing about Zuzu's petals for the millionth time? Do you think the flag pole scene in A Christmas Story is just endangering children at this point? Check out our list of 10 lesser-known holiday films, many of which can be found for free or cheap online.

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.

14 Things That Will Be More Expensive in 2015

Love bourbon, bacon, and chocolate? Too bad. Those are just a few of the things you can expect to pay more for next year, thanks to droughts, increased demand, and, possibly, hipsters. Find out what else will be more expensive next 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.

Rumor Roundup: Mass Effect for New Consoles Only? Apple Watch in 2015? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple Watch, Mass Effect 4, Windows 10, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Is it Finally Time to Buy a 4K TV? - UPDATE: Joel McHale Weighs In!

In the past, we've cautioned against buying an "Ultra HD" 4K TV because there was barely any content for it and they were still too expensive. A year has passed, so has the situation changed? In this video, our experts discuss if 4K TVs are now a smart purchase.

10 Countdown to Christmas Sales You Can't Miss: Daily Deals on Apparel, Tech, More

Christmas is roughly two weeks away and retailers are doing everything they can to promote their deals. That means we're seeing an uptick in countdown to Christmas sales. From flowers to tablets, you'll find something for everyone in these countdown sales.

The 9 Hottest Holiday Gifts for 2014, According to Our Readers

We kept a close eye on our traffic statistics from Black Friday Week (when most people begin their holiday shopping) to see what you, our loyal users, were searching for the most. The results have a lot of predictable entries, but a few surprises as well. Read on to see DealNews' picks for the hottest gifts this holiday season.

How Retailers Use Your Senses Against You

As you go on your shopping runs this ho-ho-holiday — whether at malls or on the Internet — you're probably not thinking much about the smells, colors and textures around you. But retailers certainly are, and their manipulation of these things can encourage you to spend more money.

Rumor Roundup: Star Wars Land? Stab, Guv'nor? Apple Stuff? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Star Wars, Assassin's Creed, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

A Debbie Downer Look at How the Holidays Can Go Wrong

If Chevy Chase taught us one thing in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation it's that the holiday season is fraught with unexpected danger! From cutting down the tree to carving the turkey, there are hundreds of things that could go wrong.

Black Friday 2014 Cheers & Jeers: What Store Had the Best Deals?

Everybody take a deep breath: Black Friday has come to an end. While there are still some Cyber Week sales to consider, and an onslaught of holiday promotions on the horizon, we can at least close the book on Black Friday 2014. Which retailers made the week awesome, and which just made the week more difficult?

Amazon Will Sell Its Own Line of Diapers, But Don't Expect Generic Brand Pricing Just Yet

Today Amazon announced that it will sell its own line of diapers, stepping into the world of house-brand products like Target's Up & Up line. But if you were hoping for much cheaper, generic-level pricing, think again.

'Tis the Season of Change: 10 Ways Holiday Shopping is Different in 2014

In addition to an extra day between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are some significant differences between this holiday shopping season and last year's. Here are some other things to keep in mind, whether you're buying last-minute gifts online, filling up your gas tank to travel, or considering a holiday gift for the mail carrier.

Best Cyber Week Camera Deals: SLRs from $525, Canon Lens Low by $150

Give your photos a much-needed reboot with one of these Editors' Choice camera deals. From point-and-shoots to SLRs, we've got the right Cyber Monday camera deals for every need and budget.

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:

Best Black Friday Xbox One Ads: Don't Buy Yours Without a Bundled Gift Card

The last time Black Friday rolled around, the Xbox One was a distinctly bad buy. But that's not the case these days! With significantly patched software and a robust library of games, gamers can finally feel good about adding an Xbox One to the cart. Read on to discover the best Xbox One Black Friday ads out there.

The 9 Types of Internet Commenters You'll See Hating on Black Friday

Here in the DealNews ivory tower, it's easy to forget that not everyone loves Black Friday deals the way we do. Because we love and value the opinions of our fellow netizens, we're sharing our favorite quotes from this web fight. Can the Internet convince you to sit out Black Friday for good?

Rumor Roundup: Next-Gen Moto 360? Dual Camera iPhone? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple iPhones, Facebook, Microsoft Band, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Amazon Black Friday Ad Analysis: Undercutting the Competition Left and Right

Amazon's official Black Friday ad is out and in addition to starting its deals an entire week before the competition, the online retailer is also throwing some serious price-matching punches toward Black Friday veterans like Walmart and Target. Here are the deals we think you shouldn't miss.

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.

Update: Walmart's Pre-Black Friday Sale Includes a Super Hot TV Doorbuster

We now know what will be included in Walmart's "Pre-Black Friday Event" in the store will match the prices of various items found in competitor ads. As it turns out, there are some pretty awesome doorbusters available.

SURVEY: Men and Women Shop VERY Differently on Black Friday

We're all aware that men and women sometimes approach situations differently, and that certainly extends to Black Friday shopping. We recently surveyed our readers and discovered that there are quite a few areas in which the genders differ when planning for the biggest shopping week of the year.

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.

Hot Dogs, Hardbodies, and Boxers: 8 Crazy Store Promotions

From the delightful to the debunkable, over-the-top marketing schemes speak (or perhaps scream) to the carnival barker in us all. Here are eight examples of product promotions that have made history, hysteria, or in some cases both.

hhgregg Black Friday Ad Analysis: TV Deals That Put the Competition to Shame

When it comes to Black Friday doorbusters, few retailers can step into the arena with the likes of Best Buy and Walmart. However, despite the intense competition, hhgregg has come out swinging with its own batch of record-breaking TV deals, some of which are putting its bigger competitors to shame.

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.

Macy's Released Its Black Friday Ad a Full 28 Days Later This Year

Macy's is known for making Black Friday headlines. In fact, since 2011 the retailer has been debuting its Black Friday ad as early as October. But this year the nationwide retailer has released its Black Friday ad 28 days "late." So which retailers beat Macy's to the punch?

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.

The #1 Reason People Shop In-Store on Black Friday Isn't What You'd Expect

We have always wondered why — with the mounting evidence that proves that most Black Friday deals appear online — people continue to shop in-store rather than chill at home once the shopping holiday rolls around. Our recent poll, however, seems to explain it.

California Shoppers Line Up Outside Best Buy 22 Days Before Black Friday

Shoppers will do anything for a good Black Friday deal, but two California diehards are taking things to the extreme by setting up camp outside a Best Buy retail store 22 days before Black Friday. Are they taking it too far?

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.

Kmart Black Friday Ad Analysis: Tablet Deals Worth Waking Up For

Kmart isn't playing around with Black Friday this year. Boasting the earliest Thanksgiving opening time at 6 am, Sears' sister store is intent on holding a 42-hour Black Friday shopathon. But will the deals be worth ditching your turkey dinner to stand in line? We examined the leaked Kmart Black Friday ad to find out.

Sam's Club Black Friday Ad Analysis: Price Cuts on the iPhone 6 & Galaxy S5

It's name may conjure up images of economy-size paper towels, but this membership-only wholesaler is stepping up its game this Black Friday with a handful of electronics sales we think are worth checking out, including the best iPhone 6 sale we've seen to date.
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