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Prime Day Is Full of Secrecy. Here's What Has Been Revealed

A guide to the 4th annual extravaganza

(Newser) - Amazon's "epic day (and a half)" is here: The 4th Prime Day began at 3pm ET Monday and will run 36 hours, up from last year's 30. Or, for some would-be customers, a portion of 36 hours: Some shoppers ran into issues accessing the site right after... More »

Amazon Promises an 'Epic' 36 Hours of Shopping

Prime Day is coming July 16, with extended hours

(Newser) - A "day" is traditionally defined as 24 hours, but in Amazon's case, it could also mean 36. The latter is what the online giant is allotting for its upcoming Amazon Prime Day on July 16, kicking off the online sales at 3pm that day, per CNNMoney . Billing what'... More »

Amazon Rolls Out Delivery Van Program

Company wants entrepreneurs to take over from UPS

(Newser) - Amazon packages, which usually show up in a UPS truck, an unmarked vehicle, or in the hands of a mail carrier, may soon be delivered from an Amazon van. The online retailer, wanting more control over how its packages are delivered, is rolling out a program Thursday that lets entrepreneurs... More »

Supreme Court Ruling May Make Online Buys Pricier

Justices allow states to collect sales tax

(Newser) - The Supreme Court delivered a huge decision Thursday about online shopping, ruling that states can collect sales taxes on internet purchases. The 5-4 decision in Wayfair vs. South Dakota overturns a 1992 ruling—written in the age of mail-order catalogs—essentially declaring that states could only collect taxes on businesses... More »

Walmart Touts Same-Day Delivery to Almost Half of US Homes

Grocery delivery sure is competitive

(Newser) - Look out, Amazon: Trying to keep pace with the online leader, Walmart is expanding its same-day online grocery delivery service to more than 40% of US households, or 100 metro areas, by year-end, reports the AP . Tom Ward, VP of Walmart's digital operations, says the retail giant is powering... More »

Avoid This Mistake When Shopping Online

Customers are swayed by number of reviews, even for bad products

(Newser) - Quantity matters, at least when it comes to product reviews. New research finds that consumers are swayed by the number of reviews an item receives, even if it's of worse quality. Quartz reports that the study analyzing buying habits on Amazon shows that online products with the most reviews... More »

Amazon Just Debuted a Way to Get You to Spend More Money

Its new 'Spark' shopping social network looks a lot like Pinterest

(Newser) - Take Amazon Prime, mix it with Pinterest, and add a dash of Instagram. The result is Amazon Spark, a new shopping-focused "social network" aimed at getting hardcore Amazon users to spend even more money with the e-commerce giant. The service launched publicly on Tuesday on Amazon's iPhone app,... More »

How to Dominate Amazon's 30-Hour Prime Day

One tip: Bookmark CamelCamelCamel.com

(Newser) - Will the third time be the charm for Amazon? Its now-slightly-misnomered Prime Day (it's actually 30 hours long, not 24, this year) kicks off at 9pm EDT Monday. Its inaugural sale in 2015 didn't blow consumers over ; in 2016 there were early-morning website issues for some customers. This... More »

Amazon Has New Plan to Dominate Online Clothing Sales

Customers can get up to 15 items delivered—without buying them first

(Newser) - Amazon will soon let customers order clothes and have them delivered to their homes—without paying for them first. The New York Times reports Prime Wardrobe represents the latest in Amazon's ongoing process of eliminating every barrier to shopping online. It works like this: Amazon Prime customers can order... More »

Families Can Soon Use Food Stamps for Online Groceries

The USDA is rolling out a pilot program this summer

(Newser) - Families who rely on food stamps may not be left out of the future of grocery shopping after all. A US Department of Agriculture pilot program will allow Americans in certain areas to use their food stamps at Amazon, FreshDirect, and other online grocery stores, Mashable reports. The program is... More »

Napping Parents, Guard Your Thumbprints

A 6-year-old in Arkansas shows why

(Newser) - The most famous, and unlikeliest, hacker in the news this week is little Ashlynd Howell of Little Rock, Ark. The exploits of the enterprising 6-year-old first came to light in a Wall Street Journal story about the difficulties of keeping presents a secret in the digital age. It seems that... More »

The Ultimate Guide to Cyber Monday Deals

There are plenty of guides for whatever you're looking for

(Newser) - Cyber Monday is here, and there's no shortage of guides for those on the hunt for online bargains. Many of the lists are being updated as new deals emerge:
  • SF Gate has a list of the 20 best deals, including $299 for an Apple Watch. See its guide here
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This Is the World's Busiest Day for Online Shopping

'Singles Day' is huge in China

(Newser) - China's online shoppers are engaging in a rare bright spot for its cooling economy—a quirky holiday dubbed "Singles Day" that has grown into the world's busiest day for e-commerce. The country's biggest e-commerce brand, Alibaba Group, said Friday sales by the thousands of retailers on... More »

Best Deals, Tips for Amazon's 'Prime Day'

Subscribers will be wooed by discounts all day

(Newser) - It's Prime Day, Amazon's version of Black Friday for its Prime subscribers. Last year's inaugural sale kind of fizzled, with consumers largely unimpressed by what was on offer, notes AP . Amazon is promising better things this year. Related coverage:
  • US News has a primer on what's
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Banned From Amazon for Returning 37 Things

Greg Nelson calls axing of his account "egregious"

(Newser) - Returned a few purchases on Amazon? Then take note of Greg Nelson, a computer programmer who saw his account canceled after he returned 37 of 343 items, the Guardian reports. "I could understand if there were evidence that I had somehow tried to abuse the system, but I haven'... More »

For MasterCard Users, Selfies Are the New Passwords

'Consumers hate passwords'

(Newser) - We're all taking selfies all the time anyway, so we might as well put them to good use. The Verge reports MasterCard is rolling out "selfie pay" in 14 countries. If additional authentication is needed after online shoppers enter their credit card info, MasterCard users will be able... More »

Reeling From Dismal Holidays, Macy's Slashes 4.8K Jobs

It's been a rough road for Macy's as online shopping takes over

(Newser) - Macy's is slashing jobs, a harbinger of hard times for retailers after a holiday season that saw a noticeable shift to online shopping and away from physical stores. The nation's largest department-store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said late Wednesday it's cutting up to 4,800... More »

5 Websites Where We Spent the Most on Black Friday

Amazon takes the cake with a 35.7% share of spending

(Newser) - Black Friday sales were up 7% this year over 2014 while Thanksgiving Day sales jumped 16%, according to Slice Intelligence 's analysis of online sales data. Not only that, but the weeks leading up to the biggest shopping day of the year saw a 14% boost with many sales... More »

Amazon Prime Day: Just a 'Crappy Garage Sale'

Customers complained on social media about retailer's #PrimeDayFail

(Newser) - Those in the market for an XXL Diane Keaton T-shirt, a family pack of brass knuckles, or a plate of ham may have been thrilled about Amazon's mega-hyped Prime Day , but for others, yesterday's deals proved a dud. The online event—dubbed by one Twitter user as a... More »

10 of Amazon's Best Prime Day Deals

Prime users get taste of Black Friday in July as retailer discounts electronics, more

(Newser) - It’s Amazon’s 20th birthday and Christmas for Amazon Prime users who have exclusive access to Prime Day sales today in celebration. Amazon says the online sales event will top Black Friday in terms of volume. Don’t want to pay the $99-per-year membership fee to score a deal?... More »

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