Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Marketplace Fairness Act was approved in the U.S. Senate, and is headed for the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would require merchants to collect sales taxes on online purchases.
It's called the "Marketplace Fairness Act" and supporters say it levels the playing field between online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores by requiring online merchants to pay sales taxes to the states, counties and localities where they have done business. Opponents include anti-tax activists and retailers who say it will be overly burdensome—in fact, nearly impossible, they say, to keep track of the tax rates and tax requirements for the myriad of taxing agencies where they may be doing business. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate 69-27 on Monday. Next up, the legislation goes to the GOP-led House. President Barack Obama has previously said he supports the bill. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, voted for …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The mall is one of five in the greater St. Louis area that has pushed back hours through Dec. 24.
Those looking to do some last-minute shopping at West County Center have even more hours to find the perfect holiday gift. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) West County Center, along with four other malls owned by CBL & Associate's, has extended its hours through Monday Dec. 24. Holiday shopping hours are: Other CBL properties are: More Stories About West County Center:
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about shopping and maintaining a budget during the holidays in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking about sticking to a budget for the holiday shopping season. Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about wise holiday spending, but we needed a little help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:
Thursday, November 29, 2012
With the giving of gift cards ramping up for the holidays, the Missouri Treasurer's Office reminded residents that they never actually expire.
If you're like many Missourians, you probably can expect to receive a gift card or two for Christmas this year, perhaps to one of your favorite stores or just an-all purpose pre-loaded debit card. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) If you're also like many Missourians, you probably have some of these cards leftover from last year, ones that were never used and are now expired. However, those out-of-date card might just turn out to be an unexpected holiday gift. That's because gift cards and certificates never actually expire in Missouri and may end up labelled as unclaimed property by the Missouri Treasurer's office. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel offered some tips on how to redeemed expired cards in a …
Monday, November 26, 2012
This Cyber Monday shoppers will see a lot of great deals, and a ton of online scams. To help consumers protect against identity theft this holiday season, IDentity Theft 911 is offering a list of tips for safe shopping online.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Find the latest on Black Friday lines, deals and news as it happens. If you see something we should know about, send us a tip at Maggie.Rotermund@patch.com or tweet @UniCityPatch.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The others in the mall will open at 6 a.m.
(For instant updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) As area stores plans their earliest Black Friday openings ever, the St. Louis Galleria will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 23. These Galleria shops will be open even longer, opening at 12 a.m. on Black Friday. Other St. Louis-area malls plan early Black Friday openings. All the Galleria stores listed above will be open from 12 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 23. Also in Patch:
Friday, November 9, 2012
The retail giant has said it will be open all day in Manchester on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday sales will begin at 8 p.m.
For traditionalists, it may be an unwelcome encroachment on a holiday normally focused on family, but for shopping enthusiasts it's all in good fun. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) Walmart has announced that it will begin running "Black Friday" sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the earliest time yet as the shopping holiday increasingly becomes "Black Thursday." Although the retail giant did hold sales on Thanksgiving Day last year, they started later in the evening. The 8 p.m. push will be one of three sales "events" for Walmart with others occurring at 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next day. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Walmart earns more than a quarter of its annual sales from the holiday …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The National Retail Federation released its annual holiday shopping forecast. Americans are shopping earlier than ever, the survey shows, which could lead to a 4.1 percent increase in national sales.
Accustomed to pinching pennies thanks to years of economic downturn, holiday shoppers this year will look for ways to cut corners, comparative shop online and even plan to travel less, if not at all, the National Retail Federation said in its annual shopping forecast for the Christmas season. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) On average, the NRF expects holiday consumers to spend $749.51 on holiday gifts, decor, greeting cards and more in 2012. That's more than the $740.57 shoppers actually spent in 2011. And before you think Patch is reporting on the holiday season, think again. According to the survey, nearly half of Americans say they've begun holiday shopping before Halloween—12.3 percent of those …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Manchester's Nordstrom Rack opened to a super excited crowd of 300 people Thursday morning. Plus, one woman won a $2,000 shopping spree!
Manchester's new Nordstom Rack is open! The store, located at at 100 Highlands Boulevard Drive, is right next door to Weekends Only at the intersection of Manchester Road and Highland's Boulevard Drive, just east of Route 141. (To seem more photos from the opening, visit our Patch Facebook page.) As previously reported by Patch, both the retailer and the City of Manchester are excited about the new addition to the Manchester Highlands Shopping Complex and what it has to offer consumers. As evident Thursday morning, shoppers are excited about the new store too! Shoppers from all over the St. Louis area began lining up hours before Thursday's 9 a.m. opening and festivities, including a DJ and a drawing to win a $2,000 shopping spree began at…