October 2, 2009 6:51 AM

Cash for Clunkers-style trade-in deals turning up in other businesses

It sounds surreal, but it's true: Private industry is rushing to adopt the marketing strategy of the federal government. Companies of all stripes nationwide are now putting their own spin on the government's Cash for Clunkers program, offering trade-in deals on furniture, computers, appliances, hearing aids and just about every other item that can be sold.

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