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Future of Online Customer Support Looks Like 'Minority Report'

Online shopping can be a pretty solitary endeavor, unless you're shopping at B Reel's 3Live Shop. On the 3Live Shop, shoppers are invited to start video calls with sales reps, who can guide them through their purchases, using touchscreens to drag different products into the frame. According to B Reel, it's a "simple and personal" approach to online shopping -- assuming you're not averse to h...

Online Retailers See Big Holiday Spending Boost

The economy may still be in a funk, but there is some bright news. This holiday season, online spending is up 12-percent from last year. Since November 1st, there have been four days that have surpassed $900 million in single-day sales, with Cyber Monday leading the way. The holiday spending spree was capped this Friday by Free Shipping Day, an event that saw some 1,300 retailers offering free shi...

Shopping Tips: Be the Keeper of the Online Coupon Holy Grail

Your writer would like to brag for just a moment: everyone has talents, and hers (mine) happens to be Internet shopping. There is a groove one gets into, a zen-like hum, where this faithful blogger can surf the Internet for deals and scores with a preternatural agility, leaping from one excellent buy to another. And with Christmas just around the corner, the world will be looking for ways to spen...

Facebook and Amazon Join for a Social Shopping Experience

Amazon has partnered with Facebook to make online shopping a more social experience. According to the New York Times, once you connect your accounts, you'll be able to see which "Facebook friends have upcoming birthdays, and receive gift suggestions based on the music, books and movies those friends have said they like on Facebook and on their Amazon wish lists." But, most importantly, you'll rece...

Fits.me Shape-Shifting Robots Help Shoppers Find the Proper Fit

No matter their size, everybody has purchased clothing online, and then discovered, upon delivery, that it didn't fit right. But a European company has a solution to this problem -- shape-shifting robots. According to BBC News, an Estonian company has created moving mannequins that allow shoppers to view clothing items on more than 100,000 different bodies' shapes and sizes before they make a pur...

Soap.com Undercuts Drug Stores With Free Two-Day Shipping

If you're like us, you hate the hassle and cost of going to the drugstore for just those few, everyday, household items. That's why Walletpop recently tested the newly launched retail site Soap.com, which features more than 25,000 household items at discounts of up to 25-percent, to see if it really beats a trip to CVS or Walgreens. With about 900 brands spanning 13 categories, its inventory is m...

Marc Jacobs Discovers E-Commerce, Somehow NYT's Style Section Is Shocked

In a class-war-baiting article typical of the Sunday Style section, the New York Times published a piece describing fashion's fall from grace and into the common world of the Web. Years ago, luxury clothing-makers scoffed at the Internet, and favored the dignified experience of shopping in a real, brick-and-mortar boutique, but, says Stephanie Clifford, "in came the recession, and out went the nic...

PayPal 'Guest Payments' Finally Enables Credit Card Payments

We're pretty amazed that it took this long for PayPal to make a move, but the online payment company is finally going to let developers accept credit card payments from customers who don't have PayPal accounts. The new program, called Guest Payments, is particularly exciting for independent software developers who rely on PayPal for cheap and easy processing. PayPal has been appealing to consum...

Amazon, Netflix Divided Over Post Office's Plan to Cut Saturday Delivery

With more people shopping online, a United States Postal Service (USPS) proposal to stop delivering mail on Saturdays could impact many online retailers. But outlets are split as to what exactly that means. According to The Washington Post, Amazon and Netflix representatives will testify today at a Senate hearing about the potential plan to axe Saturday deliveries, which would force Amazon to ...

6pm.com Burns $1.6 Million After Mistakenly Pricing Everything at $49.99

This past Friday, a small computer glitch cost online retailer 6pm.com a cool $1.6 million, according to parent company Zappos.com. For an unspecified period of time on Friday morning, the brand discount site accidentally capped all of its exclusive offers at $49.99. (Deals that were jointly hosted by 6pm and Zappos were apparently unaffected.) As a result of this bargain blooper, online shoppers ...

Invite-Only Shopping Explained: What's Good, From Gilt Groupe to Glam List

By Leila Brillson and Ben Deitz Share Explaining invite-only shopping to the uninitiated is a daunting task. The timed sales, the select merchandise -- shoppers who are used to the traditional way of e-commerce are usually baffled. "Why don't they have my size?" "The item was in my basket last night, where did it go today?" Of course, those who are familiar with the system, waiting diligently f...

Walmart Begins Selling Caskets and Urns Online

Walmart, America's most sprawling and infamous retailer, is now attempting to corner the death market. The discount warehouse has recently launched a line of caskets and urns on its online store, Walmart.com. The caskets run anywhere from $895 to $3,199, but for the moderate price of $1,699, for instance, you can get the Executive Privilege casket for your business-class loved one. Although diffi...

Can Artificial-Intelligence 'Ninjas' Find the Best Price on the Web?

Fixed-price shopping is for the birds, especially on the Internet. How do you know if you're really getting the best deal possible? Well, a new Web service hopes to take care of those worries. Aroxo, a shopping site, will debut a program called 'Negotiating Ninjas' this Fall, BBC News reports. Designed by researchers at Southampton University, the 'Ninjas,' which will be fully operational by Chris...

Despite Economic Slump, Online Black Friday Sales Up

Okay, so you don't need us to tell you that the economy is in dire straights at the moment. But, perhaps we can be the bearer of a wee bit of good news on this Cyber Monday. While online holiday sales have been down this year compared to November of 2007, sales on Thanksgiving day and Black Friday were actually up -- just not enough to offset the decline. Online sales for the period covering Nov...

Strong Online Sales Predicted for Holiday Season

While experts foresee little to no increase in overall retail sales this holiday season, they do expect a 12-percent growth in online sales, Time.com reports. In light of the economy's downswing, there are any number of reasons behind these predictions. First off, while gas prices are momentarily down, logging on to a Web site is still significantly cheaper than driving to a store (even when yo...