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Editor's Note: Best Buy separates same-store numbers for online out separately. They were up 17 percent for the period.

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Part of the issue with the lack of Amazon's side to the story may have to do with the retailer failing to cooperate (nothing unusual there) with the Times in its reporting. It's tough to get both sides of a story when one side won't speak.

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Editor's note: Others pulling confederate flag merchandise include Amazon.com, Etsy, Google Shopping and Valley Forge Flag.

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Editor's Note: eBay has issued a statement that it is banning the sale of items containing the image of the Confederate flag on its site. The reason given is that the company believes the flag has become a "symbol of divisiveness and racism" in society today.

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To Laura's point: I recently walked into a Walgreens to find associates in the store with their red noses on. If you're going to support a cause, go all in or don't go in at all.

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I've found returns at Target to be a no-hassle affair. I simply give them my REDcard and the card is credited. My guess is many of the returns and exchanges will be handled in the same way—sans receipt.

Is the change revolutionary? No, but there is something to be said...

I haven't seen the recent IRI or Nielsen numbers on disposable diapers and wipes, but these two categories include both popular value brands and frequent, aggressive price promotions from the premium national brands. In short, diapers and wipes aren't cheap and parents are always on the lookout for deals....

As Seth Godin said many years ago, we live in a world today where pretty much everything is good enough. Consumers go into the purchasing research process, whether it is for a TV set or a home repair, with this as a starting point. When they see specs that...

Thanks Stephen. I'll leave it to those who told me there was a strong correlation between intent and actual purchases to offer their rebuttals here.

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There is one thing we can guarantee—retailers will be sorry they made a guarantee if a major snowstorm or two hits large parts of the country in the lead up to Christmas.

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