Happy New Year! Thanks for coming along for the ride for the last six months - half a year in the half price world we live in now. I will continue updating this blog whenever a story is too good to miss, but posts will probably be more sporadic. Whatever happens, make this your motto for 2014: Keep Calm and Go Shopping - and never pay full price for anything, ever again. 

Happy New Year! Thanks for coming along for the ride for the last six months - half a year in the half price world we live in now. I will continue updating this blog whenever a story is too good to miss, but posts will probably be more sporadic. Whatever happens, make this your motto for 2014: Keep Calm and Go Shopping - and never pay full price for anything, ever again. 

The first segment from 20/20’s “Shopping Confidential” special on December 20th involves me, Juju Chang, some button cameras and a lot of surprising, secret discounts. I felt like a bargain-priced James Bond. 

A now-classic routine from Canadian comedian Russell Peters examines the subtle, ahem, differences between Chinese and Indian haggling. 

Thanks to the lovely Paula Faris for nabbing a great soundbite from my segment with Juju Chang on 20/20 - this second piece is from World News the day before Christmas Eve.

Was it only just a few days’ ago? A flashback to December 20, when the marathon openings of Macy’s et al for 24/7 were a hint at the discount-driven desperation they were feeling.