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The Monday after Thanksgiving is known as Cyber Monday, basically a Black Friday event for online shoppers who'd rather sit in their PJs and click their way to savings than battle obnoxious crowds to save $50 on a toaster. It's now the most lucrative online shopping day of the year, and just as retailers have been pushing back the beginning of Black Friday events, Walmart is kicking off its Cyber Monday sale a day early this time around.Instead of waiting until the wee hours of the morning on Monday, Walmart will begin offering Cyber Monday discounts to online shoppers on the Sunday after turkey... Read more...
It's mid-November and you know what that means, right? Yes, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, giving us an excuse to cheat on our diets and stuff our face full of fowl treats. And of course it also means that Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, is fast approaching. To help you prepare for the onslaught of deals, Best Buy has posted a bunch of items that will be available at discounted prices.As is normally the case, you can expect markdowns on big screen TVs. If you're looking to make a jump into 4K Ultra HD territory, be on the lookout for a Samsung 60-inch 4K Smart TV for... Read more...
Amazon said it recently hired 25,000 regular, full-time employees in advance of the holiday shopping season, which it anticipates to be another super busy one. So busy, in fact, that it's creating more than 100,000 seasonal positions across its U.S. network of fulfillment and sorting centers to ensure it can keep up with demand. The online shopping portal currently employs more than 90,000 full-time workers. They're spread out across more than 50 fulfillment centers and sortation facilities in the country. At any given time in the year, Amazon says some 90 percent of its associates in the U.S.... Read more...
Winning an Emmy award isn't easy, just ask Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Michael C. Hall, David Duchovny, or any others who have starred in hit TV shows but have yet to be honored with one of the ultimate prizes. So it's understandable that Amazon is stoked that its own original programming series Transparent notched five Emmy wins at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards earlier this week. To celebrate its success, Amazon is making its Prime service available for just $67 to new members. That's a $32 discount over the regular $99 annual fee and a heck of a deal if you're a frequent shopper at Amazon. As... Read more...
Imagine you've just finished doing your business in the bathroom only to find an empty roll of toilet paper. It's at that point an unsettling fact dons on you -- you forgot to pick up another package of rolls when you were at the store. Uh oh, spaghetti-o! This unfortunate situation can be avoided with Amazon's Dash Button program, which incidentally is now open to all Prime Members.If this is the first you're hearing of Amazon Dash, it's a way for you to reorder select products through Amazon with the press of a button. The labeled button is a Wi-Fi connected device that, once you configure and... Read more...
One of the trends that's gaining steam in the online shopping space is same-day delivery service. By partnering with local stores and warehouses, web retailers can accept online orders and have the product shipped and delivered to the buyer on the same day, which partially takes away the instant gratification advantage that brick-and-mortar stores currently enjoy. However, eBay is going in a different direction, at least for now. Following its breakup with PayPal. eBay announced the retirement of its eBay Now service in the U.S., which had been around for the past three years. It's not a totally... Read more...
Facebook is the most popular social playground on the planet, which is something we've been saying for quite some time now. The reason it's been able to avoid the same fate as Myspace is because it's constantly changing, adapting, and yes, even innovating. It's not just a social network anymore, but a place to play mobile games, keep abreast of current news, and soon it will be a place of commerce. As part of an plan to prioritize Pages on the site, Facebook has begun testing shops with integrated "buy" buttons. This isn't entirely new, as Facebook has already been testing... Read more...
In case you forgot to mark your calendar, today is Prime Day, a special one-day shopping event created by Amazon to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Amazon says there are more deals than Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, though to participate you need to be a Prime member in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, or Austria. "Prime members can shop thousands of exclusive lightning deals with new deals added as often as every ten minutes throughout the day. With more deals than Black Friday, members will enjoy thousands of deals from sought-after devices and... Read more...
Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, and while that's not likely to change, Amazon is going to give it a run for the money on Wednesday, July 15, the eve of its 20th anniversary. Dubbed "Prime Day," Amazon promises to offer more deals than Black Friday, though you have to be a Prime member in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Ital, Germany, France, Canada, or Austria to participate. The global shopping event is valid to both new and existing Prime members. Those who are signed up with Prime will see enticing deals kick off at midnight, with new deals appearing as often as every... Read more...
The next time you see someone taking a selfie, it may not be because they're getting ready to post their mug on Facebook or Instagram; they might be authorizing an online transaction. Say what now? Believe it or not, MasterCard is going to pilot a new program that will seek approval for online purchases by scanning images of a user's face.Once you've filled your virtual cart with whatever items you're buying and get to checkout, MasterCard will require you to hold your phone up and snap a photo of your face. MasterCard's thought process is that taking a selfie is easier than remembering a secure... Read more...
A potential trial between Royal Mail, the postal service company in the United Kingdom, and what's being described as a "big retailer" underscores why it's important to take online privacy seriously. Should the two sides move forward with the trial, online users living in the U.K. will receive market materials via snail mail based on their online shopping habits. Let's say a shopper named Joe visits this so-called big retailer and adds an item to his virtual shopping cart. If Joe doesn't complete the transaction for any reason, he would receive a physical letter or product pamphlet in the mail... Read more...
One of the challenges of online shopping is navigating a product's user reviews for fair assessments of its pros and cons. That's no easy task -- some people are habitual complainers who overstate the negatives, while others could be shills for a competitor. Still, some can be helpful, and to ensure those are the ones you see first, Amazon is going to use a machine learning platform to determine and uplift the better evaluations.This is a proprietary system that Amazon developed on its own. The idea is to prioritize newer and more helpful reviews so that they're the first ones you see and read... Read more...
Amazon has been obsessed with figuring out ways to get packages into the hands of its customers at a faster pace, hence services like Amazon Prime that offer free two-day shipping on millions of items and the rollout of same-day delivery in select areas. However, Amazon's next initiative may be more focused on saving the company money as delivery costs skyrocket.The reported service is known internally as "On My Way." Specific details are lacking, mainly because it's a concept at the moment and there's a lot that still needs to be figured out, but it would rely on regular people to delivery packages.... Read more...
Have you ever been turned off to buying a low cost item online because the shipping charges were too high? Amazon feels your pain. The mega online retailer is reportedly introducing free shipping on thousands of smaller and popular items, things like mobile phone accessories, makeup, and other lightweight items and low cost goods.You don't need to be an Amazon Prime member, a $99 per year subscription service that offers free two-day shipping on millions of items, nor do you have to spend a minimum amount. The caveat? Shipping could take four to eight business days, depending on where you live... Read more...
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