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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 »

Why a 2009 Romance Novel Costs $2,812.48 on Amazon

The 'New York Times' takes a look at what some third-party sellers are doing

(Newser) - With most Amazon articles focused on Prime-Day deals , the New York Times is out with a story focusing on the opposite end of the spectrum: the astronomical prices some third-party sellers are attaching to books sold on the site. It zeroes in on romance author Deborah Macgillivray, who in June... 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 »

This Is the Highest Spot on Planet for Amazon Deliveries

Leh, India, is in the Himalayas, demonstrates the company's reach

(Newser) - A writer for the Atlantic tried delivering packages for Amazon for a single day in San Francisco and came to regret it . The same isn't true for Eshay Rangdol. The New York Times takes a fascinating look at the lengths—or, rather, heights—Amazon is going to in order... More »

Amazon Just Made a Big Move That Might Worry CVS

Jeff Bezos is buying PillPack, an online pharmacy that dispenses prescription drugs

(Newser) - There's a reason shares of CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid were tumbling Thursday, and it can be summed up in one word: Amazon. The retailing behemoth made its first significant move into the pharmacy business by buying PillPack, an online company that ships medications to customers' homes, reports the... More »

She Drove for Amazon Flex, Quickly Came to Regret It

What it's like to (very briefly) be an Amazon Flex driver

(Newser) - Parking in downtown San Francisco is no picnic, a fact Atlantic writer Alana Semuels rued during her single day as a driver for Amazon Flex. That's the delivery service Amazon operates that pays independent contractors to ferry packages to homes and businesses in some 50 cities, and Semuels decided... More »

Amazon Prime Members Get a Brand New Perk

Prime Wardrobe now open to all Prime members

(Newser) - All members of Amazon Prime now have free access to Wardrobe, Amazon's fashion service that allows users to try clothes before they buy them. Until now, the service was only offered to a group of beta users. According to recode , Wardrobe-for-all comes with a downside. The site reports that... More »

3 Little Letters May Hide an Ulterior Motive at Amazon

Gizmodo suggests VTO is a way to keep employee counts up while trimming costs

(Newser) - VTO: It's a part of Amazon's lexicon that might seem like an "innocuous sounding acronym." But in a lengthy piece, Gizmodo suggests it's anything but. VTO, or Voluntary Time Off, is a just that: an opportunity for Amazon's legions of warehouse workers to end... More »

Seattle Kills Tax in Face of Formidable Foe: Amazon

City council rolls back tax it had unanimously approved last month

(Newser) - What does defeat sound like? This: "We have reached the conclusion that this is not a winnable battle at this time." That was the pronouncement of Seattle Councilwoman Lisa Herbold Tuesday in advance of what ended up being a 7-2 vote to reverse a new tax the council... More »

In 2 Years, Trio Stole $1.2M From Amazon

3 sentenced over fraud scheme involving 'hundreds' of accounts

(Newser) - "To those who seek to exploit the convenience of online shopping through fraud, remember this case." That's the message from a chief prosecutor in Indiana who helped send three people to prison for a scheme that defrauded Amazon of $1.2 million. US Attorney Josh Minkler says... More »

Trump to Postal Chief: Do What I Say With Amazon

President urged her to change packages contract

(Newser) - Turns out President Trump isn't just attacking the Postal Service on Twitter. In off-the-book meetings, he's been urging US Postmaster General Megan Brennan to hike package-delivery charges for Amazon and other companies by 100%—a change that could add billions to their bills, insiders tell the Washington Post... More »

We Should All Be Worried About Barnes & Noble

David Leonhardt: It's in the country's best interest for the chain to thrive

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble is in real danger of disappearing, and that has David Leonhardt of the New York Times worried. This isn't just a case of a corporate giant being unable to keep up with the new age, he writes. It's the result of a misguided government policy... More »

Amazon Will Deliver Packages to Your Trunk

So long as you have the right car

(Newser) - Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow ... will mar your Amazon package, which can now be delivered not to your front porch but into the trunk of your car. The AP reports the company on Tuesday launched that new service in 37 US cities, and while there's no upcharge, there... More »

Amazon Just Shared a Secret Number

Jeff Bezos reveals number of Prime subscribers

(Newser) - After years of speculation, Jeff Bezos finally disclosed the number of Amazon Prime subscribers Wednesday, and it was a big, round one: The CEO said in a letter to shareholders that the service now has at least 100 million subscribers, CNBC reports. He said the company shipped more than 5... More »

Trump Orders Official Review of USPS Amid Amazon Fight

Executive order doesn't mention Bezos' company, but says USPS is bleeding money

(Newser) - President Trump has railed against Amazon repeatedly in recent weeks, accusing Jeff Bezos' company of getting a sweetheart deal from the Postal Service on delivery. On Thursday night, the president took what could be his first tangible step toward changing that: He issued an executive order calling for a review... More »

Trump's Venom Against Amazon Is 'Personal'

'Vanity Fair' reports that he's fixated on taking down Jeff Bezos, owner of 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - President Trump continued his attacks on Amazon Tuesday with a morning tweet again accusing the company of getting a sweetheart deal from the post office in regard to shipping. "I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy,... More »

Trump Rips Into Amazon 'Scam' Again

Says Bezos' company is bilking the USPS out of billions, 'must pay real costs (and taxes) now!'

(Newser) - President Trump trotted out a familiar whipping boy on Saturday, tweeting that Amazon was screwing over none other than the United States Postal Service. "The U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon," he tweeted , adding that "That... More »

Trump's Criticism of Amazon Is Taking a Toll

President complains about Bezos' company, and its stock suffers

(Newser) - Amazon's stock is tumbling—it slid 4% on Wednesday, which translates to a loss of $53 billion, reports Gizmodo —and the slide was continuing on Thursday. The reason? It seems to be a prominent critic who just happens to be president. "I have stated my concerns with... More »

Amazon Stock Tumbles After Report of Trump's Obsession

Sources say Trump doesn't care about Facebook

(Newser) - "He's obsessed with Amazon," a source says of President Trump. "Obsessed." While Congress deals with the fallout from Facebook's Cambridge Analytica fiasco , five sources tell Axios the president remains focused instead on another tech giant. Sources say Trump's friends, particularly in real estate,... More »

Google No Longer Where Americans Most Want to Work

It has given up the crown, according to LinkedIn

(Newser) - Google may be on the receiving end of 1.1 million job applications a year, but it's no longer the place "where professionals most want to work across the US." That's according to LinkedIn , which last week published its 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies report. The job... More »

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