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Occupy Protests: Shop Mom-and-Pop on Black Friday

Occupy protesters want shoppers to occupy something besides door-buster sales and crowded mall parking lots on Black Friday. Some don't want people to shop at all. Others just want to divert shoppers from big chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. And while the actions don't appear coordinated, they have similar themes: supporting small businesses while criticizing the day's dedication to conspicuous consumption and the shopping frenzy that fuels big corporations.

Has the Big-Box Era Been Downsized?

Big-box superstores have become ubiquitous across America, making so many stops along the highway bleed into a blur of generic retail. But that could be about to change: Walmart and Target are experimenting with smaller footprints, while lighter, nimbler outlets challenge the dominance of the behemoths.