Online Shopping

Amazon’s $5 push-to-buy Dash buttons are here

Amazon has started shipping its push-to-buy Dash dongle, enabling you to grab common household items with a simple press of a button. Each one costs $5, with 18 brands to choose from.

Mobile

Go shopping from the comfort of your own home with your virtual reality headset

Combining the best of both worlds for what can only be described as a dangerous outcome, software developers are looking into using virtual reality headsets to allow eager consumers to go shopping from the comfort of their own homes.

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Amazon is updating its ratings system to make it more useful

From now on the reviews and star ratings you see next to products on Amazon should be more useful and relevant, as the company is adding more weight to newer reviews and ones upvoted by users.

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Drunk Shopping helps sloshed shoppers make poor purchasing decisions online

Drunk Shopping, a service that describes itself as "the shopping experience that delights in sloppy judgement," happily sends you ideas for pointless stuff to buy each time you return home from a boozy night out. Yes, it does sound like a really bad idea.

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Walmart preps $50-a-year shipping service to take on Amazon Prime

Possibly ideal for anyone that regularly shops on Walmart.com, the retail giant will be launching a competing service to Amazon Prime later this year that will provide three day shipping on most orders.

Web

Pinterest makes a push into ecommerce with “Buy” button

Utilizing the massive quantity of visual content generated by 70 million users, Pinterest is working on launching a purchasing function that would allows users to buy items that have been pinned on the site.

Social Media

IBM reveals the differences between iOS and Android Christmas spending habits

IBM has been crunching the Christmas shopping data, and while there are more Android devices out there, iOS users lead the way in terms of online browsing, online purchases and purchase amounts.

Mobile

Thanks to affordable, powerful smartphones, mobile payments are taking off in China,

Online retailer Alibaba's mobile payment service Alipay is being used for more than half of its transactions now, showing the rapid growth of mobile shopping. Mobile purchases skyrocketed throughout all of China, reaching even remote areas.

Mobile

Cyber Monday: Online shoppers set single-day spending record

Online shoppers hitting the Web on Cyber Monday spent more than ever, comScore said this week, with spending in the U.S. exceeding $2 billion in a single day for the first time.

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Melt your credit card with all the best Cyber Monday deals in one list

Get ready for the biggest online shopping day of the year with our handy guide to all the best Cyber Monday deals.

Buying Guides

Households that pay online sales tax spend 10 percent less on Amazon

Definitely an interesting impact on sales through Amazon, a new two-year study shows that the introduction of an online sales tax within a state significantly impacts consumer spending levels.

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Amazon launches Dash, a home barcode scanner

The AmazonFresh grocery service has only reached two states so far, but that hasn't stopped Amazon launching a new barcode scanner that you can use to stock up your shelves from your own home.

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Walmart puts more focus on distribution to compete online with Amazon

Attempting to take on Amazon by providing more expedient shipping options for customers, Walmart is investing in online-only distribution warehouses built at strategic locations around the country.

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Overstock.com racks up $130,000 in sales on first day of accepting Bitcoin

Definitely paving the path to more widespread acceptance of Bitcoin, Overstock.com generated more than $100,000 in sales from users that paid with the digital currency rather than U.S. dollars.

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