5 retailer tricks to avoid this holiday shopping season

Shoppers should proceed with caution this holiday season.

Retailers have some tricks up their sleeves to entice consumers into spending more, including free shipping offers and too-good-to-be-true financing.

And if Cyber Monday is any indication of the demand for gifts and deals this year, consumers will have plenty of opportunities to see these tactics in action. America has been very busy shopping. Cyber Monday alone generated $7.9 billion in sales this year, a more than 20% increase from last year, making it the biggest U.S. online shopping day in history. Shopping during Black Friday was also estimated to be at record levels this year, with $6.2 billion in online sales that day.

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