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Here's how inflation is changing holiday deals and shopping

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From living rooms to landfills, some holiday shopping returns take a 'very sad path'

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A shopper shops at a retail store in Glenview, Ill., Dec. 16. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, said this month that the holiday shopping season appears to be on pace to exceed its sales growth forecast of between 8.5% and 10.5% despite additional challenges this year, from a new variant of the coronavirus, to soaring inflation. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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You might still have time to buy holiday gifts online and get same-day delivery

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How understaffed are stores? Smaller retailers feel the holiday-shopping strain

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A sign promote sales at a clothing store in a Colorado mall. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Yes, we are shopping way more than ever

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Target says having its stores closed on Thanksgiving will be the new normal, permanently ending a tradition that it embraced for years. The move, announced Monday, comes as the Minneapolis-based discounter and other retailers including Walmart and Macy's will be closed for the second Thanksgiving in a row. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Buy now, pay later and online returns are just a couple of the hidden costs of holiday shopping. the_burtons/Getty Images hide caption

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The hidden costs of holiday consumerism

A lot of consumers are worried about supply chain delays this holiday season — but there are also other issues to watch out for when shopping. Guest host Ayesha Rascoe talks about the hidden costs of holiday consumption with The Atlantic staff writer Amanda Mull and The Washington Post retail reporter Abha Bhattarai. They discuss the potential downfalls of buy now, pay later services and where online shopping returns really go. Then, they play a game of Who Said That?

The hidden costs of holiday consumerism

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A person walks in an Ikea warehouse in New York City on Oct. 15. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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Warehouses are overwhelmed by America's shopping spree

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An inflatable snowman and candy canes are part of the decorations that adorn houses in Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood on Dec. 22, 2020 in New York. A shopping surge by households this year has snarled up global supply chains, and now the race is on to get products on shelves in time for Christmas. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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The race is on to save Christmas as retailers fight the supply chain crunch

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An employee organizes an aisle at Mary Arnold Toys, New York City's oldest toy store, on Aug. 2. Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Santa's sleigh is looking emptier. Fewer toys, higher prices loom for holiday season

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Kathleen Murray gave family members Advent calendars that, alongside candy, included hand sanitizer and masks. "It's the closest thing to safety that you can give them," she said. Nicholas Murray hide caption

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For Christmas, My True Love Gave To Me ... Hand Sanitizer, Because It's 2020

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Shoppers walk through Macy's in New York on Black Friday last month. Retail sales declined 1.1% in November, according to the Commerce Department. Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Retail Spending Declined The Most Since Historic Plunge In April

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Patio tables are empty at a diner this week in West Hollywood, Calif., after Los Angeles County banned outdoor dining amid the pandemic. The struggles of restaurants and retailers are expected to have led to sharply slower job growth last month. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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People walk by a Black Friday promotional at Cookie's department store Friday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Doorbusters Busted: Shoppers Rethink Black Friday

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Retail sales fell 1.2 percent in December, the most in nine years. The drop cut into forecasts for economic growth. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Customers flood Walmart's Bentonville, Ark., store on Thanksgiving Day in 2016. Gunnar Rathbun/AP Images for Walmart hide caption

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'Just Time Together': For Some Workers, A Thanksgiving Off Is A Rare Treat

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