Percentage of adults who say they receive unwanted gifts during the holiday season, according to a survey conducted by eBay: 83

Percentage of adults receiving unwanted gifts who typically regift or resell them: 47

Percentage of regifters and online resellers who say they feel satisfied after having regifted or resold a gift online: 53

Percentage of adults who view regifting and reselling as a form of recycling: 69

Source: eBay.

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Percentage of women who experienced problems during their most recent shopping experience, according to "Men Buy, Women Shop," a study from the Jay H. Baker Retail Initiative at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania: 53

Percentage of men who experienced problems while shopping: 48

Percentage that men are less likely to recommend a store where they experienced problems than women: 20

Source: Baker Retailing Initiative at the Wharton School, The Verde Group and WomenCertified.

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Ranks of restaurant people, regular customers, small-business owners, hairdressers, liquor salesmen, limo drivers and salesmen on the list of the best tippers, according to a study conducted by Bartender Magazine and its publisher, Ray Foley: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Ranks of doctors, lawyers, bankers, 21- to 25-year-olds, teachers, computer nerds and pipe smokers on the list of the worst tippers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Source: Bartender Magazine.

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If all Medicaid beneficiaries who smoke would quit, the estimated savings to America's Medicaid system within five years, according a study released by the American Legacy Foundation: $10 billion

Percentage of costs to Medicaid that could be cut by effective smoking prevention and cessation programs: 5.6

Source: American Legacy Foundation.

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Percentage of CFOs who said that employment candidates are now more likely to ask about work/life balance programs during interviews than they were five years ago, according to a Robert Half Finance and Accounting survey: 57

Source: Robert Half International.

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Percentage of U.S. workers who say that if they dress more like their boss, they get more respect, according to a survey conducted by Yahoo HotJobs Workforce: 55

Source: Yahoo! HotJobs.

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