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From reverse layaway to zombie malls and shopping for Christmas NOWWWWWW!
Retailers have been whipping up a sense of urgency around holiday shopping since the 1800's but, this year, the urgency is real. Jennifer Keene explains why you should shop early but, also wait until the last minute.
And online retailers have taken a deep dive into the "buy now, pay later" business. Companies like Klarna, Afterpay and PayBright are putting the squeeze on traditional credit cards by offering payment plans without interest or late penalties. Anis Heydari asks whether it's too good to last.
Paul Haavardsrud heads to a mall that is about to be demolished. Can the prime real estate many shopping malls sit on come back to life? We speak with urban designer Ellen Dunham-Jones about zombie malls.