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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...

Heartsy Guarantees You Will Probably Be Broke in 10 Days

Please, Internet, just take our money. No, no, we insist. As we know all too well, group coupon programs have already made a significant dent in the nation's wallets. ("I know that heights terrify me, but what if I change my mind and decide I really do want to go sky-diving? Crap. I should probably buy this coupon just in case...") Well, the sneaky services have struck again where it's bound to...

Amazon Launches Appstore for Android, Apple Files Lawsuit

Amazon launched its own Android app store today, despite facing legal challenges from Apple. The Amazon Appstore will provide a new way for Android users to purchase apps for their mobile and tablet devices, while offering a few features unique to Amazon. Because the online retailer already enjoys a strong consumer base, Amazon will be able to integrate its own marketing and recommendation...

AT&T Texting Users Location-Based Shopping Deals with ShopAlerts

AT&T has launched a new service called ShopAlerts, which sends promotional text messages to subscribers who are near certain retailers. According to The New York Times, AT&T is now the first American carrier to push location-based ads via text messages. The free service will soon be available for subscribers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The technology AT&T...

Amazon Shuts Down AmazonTote Pilot Program

Amazon has decided to shut down AmazonTote, a FreshDirect-like program that allowed Seattle customers to order certain products online, and have them delivered to their homes for free. Amazon announced the termination in a letter to its customers, noting that the service will come to an official close at 6:00 p.m. PST on March 3rd. The company was quick to point out, however, that users can still...

Flashy Adidas Touchscreen Helps You Buy Shoes, Won't Hold Your Feet

Adidas and Intel recently unveiled a massive touchscreen wall that allows shoe retailers to house a large inventory without taking up so much floorspace. The adiVerse Virtual Footwear Wall, which was designed by U.K. group Start Creative, was recently unveiled at the 2011 National Retail Federation Convention. When a shopper approaches it, the wall determines whether the person is male or female,...

Shopping Tips: Coupons, Codes and Mastering the Back End of Retail

You have been tried and tested, you have purchased and saved. Congratulations! You've come far, but you have one crucial lesson to learn. Knowing the sales, staying vigilant and maintaining a list of priorities is great -- but nothing will get you farther (or make our bubby happier) than some good ol' fashioned coupons. If you haven't noticed, almost every single check-out screen offers the...

Shopping Tips: Know What You Want, Know How To Get It

Finally flexing your shopping chops, huh? Thinking you can score some sweet deals on your Web jaunts? Now that you are up to date on your favorite stores and have your phone loaded with shop-happy apps, you think you are invincible, right? Wrong. You are still babes in the woods. Luckily, we are here, ready to save you from your retail-reject past....

Shopping Tips: Keep Your Apps (and Deals) Super Fresh

Ah, our shopping Padawans. Yesterday, we got you on , but today, we are going to teach you to be savvy shoppers on-the-go. Most mass retailers have dedicated apps, but if you had an app for every store you've ever shopped, your phone would be groaning under its own consumerist weight. So, for today, we've listed our five best shopping apps and a couple basic suggestions, so you can score rad...

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...

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...

Gilt Offering Jettas for $10,000 Off List Price

Fashion flash-sale outlet Gilt is going to be selling three 2011 VW Jettas, one a day, starting tomorrow afternoon for $5,995 each -- a stunning $10,000 off the list price. Wednesday will be exclusive to users of the mobile app, but Thursday's and Friday's sales will be extended to the website. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success....

Best Shopping Apps to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity

It's early December, the holidays are just around the corner, and you haven't even begun thinking about what gifts you're going to buy for your friends and family. Each day seems to bring a new diamond commercial and another blow-out holiday sale, but, for some reason, you can't muster up the energy to get off your couch and face the gauntlet of yuletide shopping. Before you know it, you're on a...

6 Brilliant Laptops, From Budget to Big-Ticket

Share Despite the fact that most Americans have been doing it for at least a decade, buying a laptop is getting increasingly difficult. A laptop makes a great gift if you don't mind splurging a bit for somebody, but the range of models available and the minuscule differences between them make navigating the crowded notebook scene a daunting task. Before we go any further, let us explain why you...

Switched Cyber Monday 2010 Deals Guide

Share Our tryptophan-induced food comas are finally wearing off, and we're slowly making our way back to the keyboard as the holiday weekend draws to a close. Cyber Monday, an online shopping frenzy on the Monday following Black Friday, was stamped into the U.S. shopping calendar several years ago, and shows no signs of slowing -- considering comScore's estimation that online spending this year...