PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- There are two human responses that make a person click on a link about holiday shopping on Christmas Eve or later: desperation and schadenfreude.Christmas decorations were being sold in department stores and home-and-garden chains in September. By October, candy canes had appeared in supermarkets and retailers held their first sales. In November, shoppers were in Target (TGT - Get Report), Wal-Mart (WMT - Get Report) and other stores as early as Thanksgiving night taking advantage of holiday sales. If shoppers bypassed Cyber Monday, Green Monday and Free Shipping Day and waited until today or later to shop, it's not the wisest move, but they're not alone.
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