Consumer Minute: Satellite service price hikes and after-Christmas sales

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by Sandra Parker, 13 News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 12:01 PM

Stores will be full of shoppers today cashing in on after-Christmas sales.  The National Retail Federation predicts that overall sales, both online and in stores, will reach more than$602 million. That's a rise of almost 4 percent this holiday season.

Online shopping is more popular than ever.  According to the research firm comScore, online shopping rose by more than nine percent from last year.

That rise in popularity could be part of the reason why some holiday packages were delayed.  Both UPS and FedEx have admitted that some deliveries did not make it in time for Christmas, although the companies won't say how many.  The blame is being placed on overloaded systems and bad weather. FedEx handled about 275 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

If you use Dish Network or DirecTV, get ready to pay more.  Both companies are in the process of notifying subscribers of price increases.  We're told most plans are going up by $2 to $5 a month starting early next year.

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