Amazon Finally Unveils Details Of 3-D Fire Phone

Amazon Finally Unveils Details Of 3-D Fire Phone

After weeks, months, millennia of speculation that Amazon would get into the phone business, the e-tail giant has finally unveiled the smartphone it had been promising (via “leaked” stories and quotes from “people close to the situation”) since the dawn of man. So what is it and is it worth spending your hard-earned (or even your stolen) money on? [More]

Without the unit pricing info, one might not see the huge difference in value between these two similar products on Walmart.com.

Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Costco Agree To Finally Put Unit Pricing Online

When shopping online, it can be difficult to compare prices between similar products because they come in slightly different size containers — or to see if you’re really getting a good deal by buying in bulk — because many e-tail websites don’t include unit pricing to tell you many dollars per ounce/gram/liter or other standard unit of measure. But today, some of the biggest names in retail agreed to start listing unit prices, while the biggest name in online shopping won’t commit. [More]

New Amazon Phone Will Reportedly Be An AT&T Exclusive

New Amazon Phone Will Reportedly Be An AT&T Exclusive

Seven years ago, AT&T scored millions of new customers by being the only U.S. wireless provider to offer the Apple iPhone. That exclusive has long since faded into memory and the iPhone is no longer the market dominator it once was. But it looks like AT&T might be hoping that lightning strikes twice, as a new report claims that the Death Star will be the sole carrier for Amazon’s rumored smartphone and/or sex toy. [More]

OSHA Issues Citations Following Worker Death At Amazon Warehouse

OSHA Issues Citations Following Worker Death At Amazon Warehouse

Following the December 2013 death of a temporary worker at an Amazon fulfillment center in New Jersey, the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration has issued citations to five companies involved in staffing the warehouse, while also revealing that it is investigating another death at an Amazon facility in Pennsylvania. [More]

Amazon Creates Streaming Music Service, But Don’t Expect To Hear New Releases

Amazon Creates Streaming Music Service, But Don’t Expect To Hear New Releases

If you’re a fan of six-month old music releases and happen to have a Prime membership, then Amazon’s newly launched streaming music service might be for you. [More]

Report: Amazon Testing Marketplace That Connects Consumers To Local Service Providers

Report: Amazon Testing Marketplace That Connects Consumers To Local Service Providers

Move over Angie’s List and Yelp, Amazon is reportedly launching a new marketplace to connect consumers with everyday service providers such as plumbers, babysitters and magicians. [More]

Amazon Is Only Hurting Itself In Standoffs With Book, Movie Companies

The only way to currently purchase J.K. Rowling's upcoming book (written under the pen name Robert Galbraith) is to pre-order the audio book versions of the title.

Amazon is an incredibly important player in retail, especially when it comes to selling books and movies. But its ongoing efforts to strong-arm publishers and movie studios into better wholesale pricing are going too far and may only end up biting the e-tailer in the butt in the future. [More]

Amazon Launches PayPal-Like Payment System For Consumers, Businesses

Amazon Launches PayPal-Like Payment System For Consumers, Businesses

Amazon is quickly turning itself into an online one-stop-shop for consumers. Next up for the e-tail giant? Entering the e-commerce fold with a new payment product system that puts it in direct competition with PayPal. [More]

Stephen Colbert Upset That Stephen Colbert Books Are Hard To Buy On Amazon

Stephen Colbert Upset That Stephen Colbert Books Are Hard To Buy On Amazon

TV personality Stephen Colbert usually prides himself on unbiased reporting and sticking to the facts (at least the ones that matter to him), but now he’s taken the rare step of putting himself in the middle of the fight between Amazon and publishing biggie Hachette Book Group… mostly because it means his books sales are being affected. [More]

Amazon Teaser Video Is Either Selling 3D Phone Or Amazing Sex Toy

Amazon Teaser Video Is Either Selling 3D Phone Or Amazing Sex Toy

Amazon is trying — perhaps a little too hard — to interest consumers in the mysterious device it will unveil later this month. It’s probably a 3D smartphone, but if you just listen to the things said in the video, your mind might wander to less family-friendly notions. [More]

Stupid Shipping Gang Will Slam Your Cupboard Doors

Stupid Shipping Gang Will Slam Your Cupboard Doors

It’s better for an online retailer to send an item packaged incorrectly than to not send it at all, or to wait around for the perfect box or envelope to show up. Right? That’s the founding principle behind the Stupid Shipping Gang, who sent reader Veganman a box of tiny door bumpers that could have fit in an un-padded manila envelope. [More]

Walmart, Other Retailers Slash Price Of Hachette Books Amid Amazon’s Ongoing Feud With The Publisher

Walmart, Other Retailers Slash Price Of Hachette Books Amid Amazon’s Ongoing Feud With The Publisher

While the power struggle between Amazon and book publisher Hachette moves into its third week, other retailers have begun to use the situation to their advantage. [More]

Amazon’s Stupid Shipping Gang Makes Sure Coffee Filters Arrive Safely

Amazon’s Stupid Shipping Gang Makes Sure Coffee Filters Arrive Safely

Reader Laura (no relation) received a big, sturdy Amazon box at work. “The kind large enough to hold six to eight regular reams of 8×11 paper,” she wrote to Consumerist. “20 inches in length and a good foot wide and deep.” This box must hold a large amount of office supplies, right? Not so much. [More]

Amazon Flexes Muscle, Pulls Titles In Ongoing Dispute With Publisher

Amazon Flexes Muscle, Pulls Titles In Ongoing Dispute With Publisher

When perusing Amazon for a too-good-to-put-down book, consumers often assume the site’s vast library of titles includes all that’s available in the literary world. But the e-tailer is now putting pressure on one publisher by making it hard to find and order that company’s books. [More]

The 30-day trial invite that some Amazon users are receiving.

Amazon Using 30-Day Try-Before-You-Buy Offers To Attract Fire TV Customers

While the idea of free trial periods for streaming video subscription services like Amazon Prime is nothing new, the online retailer is now applying that same try-before-you-buy concept to streaming hardware. [More]

What Could Possibly Be Inside Car-Sized Amazon Locker With A Nissan Logo On It?

What Could Possibly Be Inside Car-Sized Amazon Locker With A Nissan Logo On It?

Yet again, Amazon and Nissan have teamed up to bring the world a mystery involving an enormous Amazon-branded container out in public. Last time, the massive Amazon box on a flatbed truck contained a Nissan Versa, which was a great cross-promotion. What could be inside the mysterious giant Amazon locker in San Francisco? Maybe the Nissan logo on one side provides a clue. [More]

Does Amazon’s Inventory Commingling Help Fake Products Fly Under The Radar?

Does Amazon’s Inventory Commingling Help Fake Products Fly Under The Radar?

When you order a certain brand’s product on Amazon and end up with a fake version of the real thing, who’s to blame? Some companies say it’s Amazon’s fault for commingling its inventory at some warehouses in the name of expediency, mixing up products that come directly from them with third-party sellers who also use the e-commerce giant’s warehouse order-fulfillment services. [More]

Amazon Sends Snail Mail To Remind Prime Members They Have Instant Video Streaming

Amazon Sends Snail Mail To Remind Prime Members They Have Instant Video Streaming

Who said nothing good comes in the mail? Amazon is using the oft-forgotten form of communication to remind Prime account members that they have access to instant video streaming. [More]