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Black Friday as we know it is dying, but that’s not all bad news for retailers

Shopper visits to physical stores on Black Friday dropped 6.2%, compared to the same 24-hour period a year earlier, according to ShopperTrak. Meanwhile, online spending jumped more than 19.6% on Black Friday, totaling a record-breaking $US7.4 billion, according to Adobe Analytics. The data reveals weakening demand for the in-store Black […]
Black Friday as we know it is dying, but that’s not all bad news for retailers
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Retailers ‘exploit’ shoppers with fake countdown clocks, sneaky charges, and other ‘dark pattern’ tricks that lure people into spending more money online — here’s what to watch out for

About one in 10 retail sites are using “dark pattern” strategies to psychologically “exploit” shoppers and deceive them into spending more money online, a new study finds. “Dark pattern” tactics include sneaking items into carts before checkout, displaying countdown timers for expiring deals, and claiming low stock on certain items. […]
Retailers ‘exploit’ shoppers with fake countdown clocks, sneaky charges, and other ‘dark pattern’ tricks that lure people into spending more money online — here’s what to watch out for
Lifestyle

I ordered clothes from those cheap online stores, and I’m not sold

I’m constantly targeted with Instagram ads for inexpensive, online-only fashion brands. As a brick-and-mortar shopping enthusiast, I decided to test the hype of online-only stores. Would the companies hold true to their promises of cheap but stylish clothes? I ordered a total of eight items that were each less than […]
I ordered clothes from those cheap online stores, and I’m not sold
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7 things you should never buy online without doing your research first

Shopping online presents risks that shopping at brick-and-mortar retailers don’t. Certain purchases, like medications or cosmetics, could pose health risks to consumers who don’t properly vet the sources. Other products purchased online, like artwork or jewellery, could be worthless counterfeits. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories . The allure […]
7 things you should never buy online without doing your research first
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7 red flags that could mean a product on Amazon is actually junk

Millions of Amazon items are listed online, ranging from products with stellar reviews to those with extremely low ratings. Some items available for sale do not meet certain regulations or otherwise come from sketchy third-party sellers. Here are some easy ways to tell if an item ordered from Amazon will […]
7 red flags that could mean a product on Amazon is actually junk
Tech

These are the 6 best apps for helping you save money

Growing your savings often requires maintaining control over your spending habits and cutting out unnecessary expenses. There are several apps that can help with this, ranging from apps that give you an in-depth look at how you’re spending your money to those that encourage you to save and can help […]
These are the 6 best apps for helping you save money
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Etsy has unveiled a new plan to offer free shipping across its site

Etsy announced on Tuesday a new initiative to encourage its sellers to offer free shipping on orders over $US35. The cost of shipping would be baked into the purchase price. Sellers would be rewarded with enhanced visibility in customer search. CEO Josh Silverman said that free shipping is now “table […]
Etsy has unveiled a new plan to offer free shipping across its site
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Teens love shopping on Amazon, even when they’re not buying anything

Teens love to shop on Amazon, even when they aren’t buying anything, according to a new Business Insider survey. In the survey, 45.8% of Generation Z respondents said that Amazon is one of their most-visited sites. That matches other surveys in which teens have said Amazon is their favourite place […]
Teens love shopping on Amazon, even when they’re not buying anything
Tech

A new study from Princeton reveals how shopping websites use ‘dark patterns’ to trick you into buying things you didn’t actually want

A new study from Princeton revealed that many online shopping sites use so-called “dark patterns” – manipulative design techniques intended to coerce customers into buying, even if it’s something they don’t actually want or need. Researchers investigated over 10,000 sites, and found more than 1,200 e-commerce websites that manipulate customers […]
A new study from Princeton reveals how shopping websites use ‘dark patterns’ to trick you into buying things you didn’t actually want
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9 tips for shopping for tech gadgets on Amazon

You should make sure you’re getting the best value when you’re shopping for tech products on Amazon. We asked experts for their best advice when it comes to tech shopping on Amazon. They explained what to make of fake reviews, how to see if you’re getting the best deal, and […]
9 tips for shopping for tech gadgets on Amazon
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Everything you need to know about Click Frenzy 2019

Australia’s biggest online shopping event, Click Frenzy, starts tonight at 7pm AEDT and will run until midnight on the 22nd May. Brands are also releasing their own deals to coincide with the event. Almost every brand you can think of has some kind of discount over the next 29 hours. […]
Everything you need to know about Click Frenzy 2019
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A startup is making it easier for Amazon’s sellers to fulfil orders, and it’s a hint at how one-day shipping could become a reality

Deliverr, a third-party service that helps merchants fulfil and sell goods across retail marketplace websites, has just added Amazon to its offerings, alongside Walmart, Ebay, and Shopify. It’s the final piece in the puzzle for the company, which operates an Amazon-like network of leased warehouse space. The partnership comes at […]
A startup is making it easier for Amazon’s sellers to fulfil orders, and it’s a hint at how one-day shipping could become a reality
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Amazon just made Prime even harder to cancel

Amazon announced during an earnings call on Thursday that it is transitioning its two-day Prime shipping guarantee to be a one-day guarantee. The change ups the ante for every retailer that competes with Amazon. Experts say Amazon is making the move to put more distance between itself and these competitors […]
Amazon just made Prime even harder to cancel
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Amazon has already captured its key to future dominance

Amazon is winning with teens. In Piper Jaffray‘s most recent survey of teens’ preferences and buying patterns, half of respondents said that Amazon was their favourite website. That response was 10 times as popular as the next answer. Amazon’s score was up three points from last fall and six points […]
Amazon has already captured its key to future dominance
Lifestyle

A chief marketing officer who works with 12,000 luxury brands says consumers are caught up in ‘logo-mania,’ and it’s helped a famously flashy brand make a huge comeback

The Italian luxury fashion brand Gucci has made a comeback in recent years. That’s according to ModeSens‘ chief marketing officer, Krystle Craycraft, who works with 12,000 luxury brands such as Hermès and Louis Vuitton. According to Craycraft, key factors for the brand’s success include the revival of “logo-mania” and an […]
A chief marketing officer who works with 12,000 luxury brands says consumers are caught up in ‘logo-mania,’ and it’s helped a famously flashy brand make a huge comeback
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Amazon has revealed a new autonomous-delivery robot in the US named ‘Scout’

Amazon on Wednesday announced it had begun testing delivery via an autonomous robot called Amazon Scout. The test is taking place in Washington state’s Snohomish County with six Scout devices. It’s the latest development in Amazon’s efforts to change how it gets packages to customers. Amazon wants customers to meet […]
Amazon has revealed a new autonomous-delivery robot in the US named ‘Scout’
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Amazon is selling directly to customers in Brazil for the first time ever — but a tough retail climate might make the company ‘uncomfortable’

Amazon finally started selling directly in Brazil in earnest on Tuesday, the company confirmed. The announcement confirms years of speculation about the company expanding its direct sales into Brazil after initially laying the groundwork there. Still, Brazil’s tough retail environment will not be kind to Amazon, and being there will […]
Amazon is selling directly to customers in Brazil for the first time ever — but a tough retail climate might make the company ‘uncomfortable’
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Amazon will soon lose the biggest reason to pay for Prime

AmazonPrime membership offers many benefits, but for many the most important is the free two-day shipping on over 100 million items. But the companies that represent the other half of online sales are catching up. Companies like Deliverr are helping marketplaces like Walmart and eBay offer free two-day shipping for […]
Amazon will soon lose the biggest reason to pay for Prime
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Amazon will soon let customers get packages delivered in their garage

Key by Amazon offers alternative ways to get Amazon packages delivered to home and business addresses and fight package theft. The service now offers the option to have a package delivered inside a customer’s garage if they have a participating-brand smart door opener. This follows Amazon’s launch of in-home delivery […]
Amazon will soon let customers get packages delivered in their garage
Tech

20 years from now, retail stores will have ‘cold zones’ to put winter jackets to the test and facial scanners that recognise customers as they walk in

A new report from Euromonitor International predicted all the ways shopping at a store will be different in 2040. Stores will use technology to recognise customers as they walk in and offer them tailored virtual assistance. Stores will also offer “cold zones” to test winter jackets and other innovations to […]
20 years from now, retail stores will have ‘cold zones’ to put winter jackets to the test and facial scanners that recognise customers as they walk in
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Amazon reveals its best-selling toys of the holiday season

Amazon announced a “record-breaking” holiday season with more items ordered than ever before. One of its best-selling toys of the season was the LOL Surprise collection of dolls, specifically the Glam Glitter series. Amazon also said Lego sets, Nerf guns, and children’s art materials were top sellers. LOL Surprise – […]
Amazon reveals its best-selling toys of the holiday season
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Walmart just hit a major milestone in its quest to take on Amazon

Walmart will become the third-biggest online retailer in America in 2018, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast. The ranking was done in terms of revenue, and Walmart had to overtake Apple to do it. There is still a large gulf between Walmart and Amazon in eMarketer’s data, however, and it is […]
Walmart just hit a major milestone in its quest to take on Amazon
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Alibaba’s straining to continue its era of record-breaking Singles’ Day sales — here’s how executives plan to keep growing

Alibaba broke e-commerce records yet again on Singles Day 2018, with customers spending $US30.8 billion over the course of the company’s 24-hour shopping bonanza. However, growth slowed compared to years past, revealing the pressure Alibaba is under to continue to post skyrocketing Singles Day sales. Alibaba executives are relying on […]
Alibaba’s straining to continue its era of record-breaking Singles’ Day sales — here’s how executives plan to keep growing
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Alibaba just had the biggest online shopping day of all time, nearly tripling every company’s 2017 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined

Alibaba made e-commerce history on Sunday, with $US30.8 billion in sales over the last 24 hours as part of the company’s massive Singles’ Day celebration. The $US30.8 billion in generated sales is a significant increase from 2017, when customers spent $US25.3 billion. For comparison, total online sales on Black Friday […]
Alibaba just had the biggest online shopping day of all time, nearly tripling every company’s 2017 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined
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Walmart still has a big weakness in its battle against Amazon

Walmart has set its sights online for growth, beefing up its e-commerce offerings with quick and free shipping to compete with Amazon. It still lags behind in one key area, however, according to analysts at Cowen. The gap in assortment – the actual products offered by Walmart.com and Amazon.com – […]
Walmart still has a big weakness in its battle against Amazon
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12 devices and services that could help you ditch Amazon completely

Amazon‘s formerly sterling reputation has taken a hit from all sides over the last year. That has led some customers to threaten to boycott and cut themselves off from Amazon completely. Amazon relies on the interconnectedness of its services – and Amazon Prime in particular – to keep customers in […]
12 devices and services that could help you ditch Amazon completely
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Amazon wants to show you in person how valuable Prime is

Amazon opened its first Amazon 4-star concept store in New York in September. It’s reportedly already expanding the concept to another location in Berkeley, California. The concept is designed to bring the successful formula of Amazon’s website into the real world. One of the most successful elements – Amazon Prime […]
Amazon wants to show you in person how valuable Prime is