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Twitter Gets a 'Buy' Button

Test of online shopping icon appearing on some feeds

(Newser) - You may see something odd on Twitter today—a "Buy" button on tweets from Home Depot and Brad Paisley, the Wall Street Journal reports. "This is an early step ... to make shopping from mobile devices convenient and easy, hopefully even fun," the company announced today . Exclusive offers... More »

Big Online Shopping First: Overstock.com to Take Bitcoin

Overstock.com gives digital currency a boost

(Newser) - Overstock.com has become the first major online retailer to accept Bitcoin, meaning users of the digital currency can now use it for one-stop shopping for everything from lawn chairs to laptops. Chief exec Patrick Byrne says he "believes in limited government, and the controversial currency "attracts me... More »

UPS, FedEx Ruined Some Christmases

Companies apologize after getting swamped by online rush

(Newser) - When it comes to delivering gifts, UPS and FedEx were lousy excuses for Santa this year. Both carriers suffered widespread delays that left many customers leaving IOUs under the tree, NBC News reports. Both companies explained that they'd simply underestimated the flood of online shopping orders coming their way—... More »

We Spent More Online Yesterday Than Ever Before

Online sales jumped 21% this Cyber Monday compared to last year

(Newser) - Black Friday may have been a bit of a retail disappointment , but Cyber Monday certainly wasn't. Online sales were up 21% compared to last year, according to IBM figures as reported by the Wall Street Journal . (No media outlets seem to be reporting a final figure, but Cyber Monday... More »

What to Buy on Cyber Monday

You can get a good deal on electronics today

(Newser) - Get ready to load up those virtual shopping carts—Cyber Monday is here and the deals are huge. Electronics were hot on Black Friday and are expected to stay hot on Cyber Monday. If you need a new TV, now is the time to get it. And the deals don'... More »

Walmart Tries to Look Cool in Silicon Valley

Has foosball tables, conference room named after Justin Bieber

(Newser) - Amazon has left Walmart in the dust in the online shopping game, so now the big-box store empire is playing catch-up, rapidly expanding its presence in Silicon Valley. To do so, the company is trying to replicate a hip Bay Area start-up environment, reports the New York Times : Walmart's... More »

Amazon Begins Push to Be Your Supermarket, Too

Company expanding AmazonFresh project, which delivers food

(Newser) - Amazon plans to expand a grocery-delivering experiment in Seattle to metro areas across the US through 2014, reports Reuters . If successful, AmazonFresh could mean seriously bad news not only for supermarket chains such as Kroger and Whole Foods, but delivery services such as FedEx and UPS, writes Alistair Barr. Delivering... More »

Internet Sales Tax? It's About Time

So says Daniel Gross at Daily Beast, though eBay begs to differ

(Newser) - A bill to impose a sales tax on Internet shoppers is moving through Congress, and Daniel Gross at the Daily Beast says it's long overdue. Online retail has become such a huge part of how Americans shop that it no longer deserves any special treatment, he argues. Plus, state... More »

Tax-Free Online Shopping Hits the Chopping Block

Senate votes 74 to 20 to take up bill that could spell the end

(Newser) - The halcyon days of widespread tax-free online shopping may be numbered. The Senate yesterday voted 74 to 20 to take up a bill that would let states require Internet retailers to collect sales tax, the AP reports. It could be passed within the week, though it may have a tougher... More »

Identity Theft Hits 3-Year High

Fraud strikes 12.6 million Americans

(Newser) - Wondering how safe it is to use your credit card? A long-running study shows that identity theft reached a three-year high in the US last year, striking 12.6 million people, LiveScience reports. Fraudsters ripped off $21 billion, the most in 3 years, and stole an identity every three seconds.... More »

Amazon Reigns Again Among Online Stores

JCPenney, Apple, and Dell all see drops in satisfaction

(Newser) - There's no question who's king of the online retail jungle. Amazon came out on top once again in ForeSee's annual Holiday E-Retail Satisfaction index, which measures how happy customers were with their shopping experience. It's the eight straight year Amazon has come out on top, CNET... More »

Shopping Online? Your Address Could Up the Prices

A 'WSJ' investigation

(Newser) - It may be time to update your view of the "unbiased, impersonal" Internet, reports the Wall Street Journal . It today shares the results of an investigation into online shopping that found that one price doesn't necessarily fit all. A number of websites— including those of Staples, Home Depot,... More »

Testing the Limits of Amazon Prime

Free shipping for a massive safe? Check

(Newser) - Subscribers to Amazon Prime shell out $79 to enroll and then enjoy the perk of free shipping. Eating the shipping costs isn't a big deal for the company if someone's buying a book or a pair of slippers, but what about a 1,600-pound safe? MarketWatch tracks down... More »

'Cyber Monday' Set to Smash Records

Online sales expected to hit $1.5B

(Newser) - Black Friday sales were down year-on-year , but this year's Cyber Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history. Spending on the year's most important day for online sales is expected to top last year's $1.25 billion by around 20% to hit $1.... More »

FedEx Expects Big Holiday Season

Prediction seen as a positive sign for the economy

(Newser) - FedEx is expecting to ship 280 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, a 13% improvement on last year's figures that means the Memphis-based company will hire 20,000 additional workers to handle the surge. FedEx attributed its growing shipment figures to the ever-increasing popularity of online shopping,... More »

Best Buy to Match Amazon's Prices

Congratulations, showrooming shoppers

(Newser) - Best Buy is changing things up this holiday season. Amid concerns over "showrooming"—when customers visit stores, check out products, and then buy them online—Best Buy is set to match online prices, including Amazon's, the Wall Street Journal reports. It's also going to throw in... More »

eBay Redesign Borrows From Pinterest

Shoppers will have an image-heavy 'feed'

(Newser) - EBay has redesigned its website to encourage visitors to browse and collect items they might want to buy later with something it calls the "feed." The feature, reminiscent of popular sites like image-heavy Pinterest, shows users items based on things they purchased in the past or items they'... More »

Facebook Unveils Online Gift Store

But don't try buying presents for your dog's account

(Newser) - Facebook is rolling out a new e-commerce feature that may prove to be a gift to its shell-shocked investors. Facebook Gifts allows users to buy and send real-life presents to friends without leaving the site, which will remind users of the service for events like friends' birthdays and anniversaries, reports... More »

Amazon Retailers' Big Threat: Amazon

Sellers say Amazon elbows in on successful products

(Newser) - Amazon.com: friend or foe? For thousands of small retailers, it sure sounds like both. The Wall Street Journal today dives into the catch-22 of Amazon's Marketplace: It enables these third-party sellers to reach an audience vastly larger than they otherwise could (it has 45% more monthly visitors than... More »

Survey: Amazon Smokes Best Buy on Prices

In the battle of online prices, there's a clear winner right now

(Newser) - If Best Buy is indeed restructuring to better compete with Amazon , a survey by Barclays suggests it needs to work on its pricing. Comparing prices at BestBuy.com to those at Amazon.com, the survey found little or no incentive to visit Best Buy. Business Insider provides a snapshot of... More »

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