Unemployment: Deals for the Discharged

Companies are countering consumer fear of layoffs with a range of rebates, freebies, and guarantees if customers lose their jobs

There's nothing like the fear of losing your job to get you to start hoarding cash and putting off purchases, even of necessities. Automakers, airlines, and clothing retailers, among others, are battling back with a slew of guarantees, rebates, and freebies geared specifically to those who might get laid off or already have been.

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