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Save us from Tiger, the posh Poundland of tat

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Save us from this purveyor of plastic tat

Ikea’s real genius is making furniture disposable

3 February 2018 9:00 am

By all accounts, Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad was my kind of guy: may he rest in peace (on an Askvoll…

How Sutherland’s Law of Bad Maths could solve nightmare train commutes

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Imagine for a moment a parallel universe in which shops had mostly not yet been invented, and that all commerce…

Why today’s middle classes buy such stupid stuff

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but middle-class rules now require that every dinner party cheeseboard must contain at least two…

Warning: rationality could be bad for your health

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Almost every popular commercial product owes its success to two different qualities. First, it does the job it is ostensibly…

The 5 per cent of people who decide everything (and how to be one of them)

27 February 2016 9:00 am

What happens when 95 per cent of people like something, but 5 per cent of people prefer something else? You might think…

After the Black Friday flop, shops can get back to what they do best

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The high street flopperoo that was ‘Black Friday’ may have something to do with terrorism fears, or even the downturn…

Will Father Christmas bring that drum kit?

Tips from Just William on making a Christmas list

5 December 2015 9:00 am

William Brown had the right idea about Christmas lists. Under the heading ‘Things I Want for Christmas’, he requests: a…

It’s so sad the way they spoiled Selfridges

5 December 2015 9:00 am

In my childhood it was a place of enchantment. Today it’s just another garish shopping mall

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How hard should we fight Black Friday?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Should we make peace with this imported festival of consumerism?

We let programmers run our lives. So how’s their moral code?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

A few years ago, in the week before Christmas when supermarket sales are at their highest, staff at one branch…

The birth of the plastic bag (blame Sweden)

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Old bags The government announced details of a compulsory 5p charge for single-use plastic bags in shops. Plastic bags have…

The trick that makes self-checkouts almost tolerable

20 June 2015 9:00 am

I spent the last few days in Deal and Folkestone with Professor Richard Thaler at Nudgestock, Ogilvy’s seaside festival of…

Won’t someone please unleash the challenger banks?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

In my Yorkshire town of Helmsley the NatWest branch, originally an outpost of Beckett & Co of Leeds, has closed…

Save for a home I’ll never afford? I’d rather go shopping

Why twentysomethings don't save

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Why twentysomethings see no point in trying to save

My wood-burning stove is expensive, trendy – and miserable

28 February 2015 9:00 am

My trendy wood-burning stove is leaving me cold, wheezy, red-eyed and exhausted

The RMT’s Mick Cash and Tesco’s Dave Lewis win my prizes for media manipulation

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Mixed results for the Brits at the Golden Globes, but I’m pleased to announce that my Golden Monkey Wrench for…

Nicky Haslam’s diary: Marie-Anna Berta Felicie Johanna Ghislaine Theodora Huberta Georgina Helene Genoveva and other big names

10 January 2015 9:00 am

I was once bundled into a police car in Palm Springs to explain why I didn’t have snow-tyres on my…

Why I detest clothes with words on

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Clothes with slogans on them are a sure sign of a bore

Pippa Middleton on wine, fishing and Kim Kardashian

13 December 2014 9:00 am

A few days ago I went truffle hunting in Piedmont. It’s been a bumper year for white truffles in northern…

S&M&B&Q: Why aren’t there sex-and-shopping novels for men?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I never got beyond page 20 in Fifty Shades of Grey. No one got shot in the first chapter, and…

Dear Mary: How can I stop my future son-in-law saying ‘must of’

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Q. My future son-in-law has been successfully house-trained in the use of upper-middle-class English over the years that he has…

Why everywhere should be more like Essex

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Apart from the Wye Valley, where I grew up, there are only two places in Britain I’d consider living: Kent…

Adam Smith is the father of more than one sort of economics

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Gandhi would test his resolve by sleeping between two naked virgins, an avenue not really open to me, as my…

Dot Wordsworth: How online shopping is changing English

11 January 2014 9:00 am

How do you play the lottery? The National Lottery website has a handy guide. Step No. 1 is: ‘Go into…