Online Shopping

Jet, the new Amazon rival, ditches its $50 annual fee in bid for more customers 5:07

In an early move it hopes will drastically increase its customer base, online retailer has done away with its $50 annual membership fee. The e-commerce firm launched in July and aims to take on the likes of Amazon.

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.
Cool Tech

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.

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.

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…

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
Buying Guides

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.