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Have You Tried These Ways To Save Money At Amazon?

Amazon offers the best prices on many items and has an unbeatable inventory, but did you know that there are ways to save even more? Yes, there are, ranging from signing up for rebates to asking for a price-match. [More]

The reviews are in.

Wife Of Amazon’s Founder Gives Book About Amazon A 1-Star Rating — On Amazon, Of Course

At first it might seem odd for Mackenzie Bezos, wife of Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos, to lay out exactly how much she disliked The Everything Store, a book about all things Amazon on the very site that the book is about. But actually, it makes perfect sense. Billionaires — they’re just like us! [More]

A very tiny screen shot of Amazon's listing for the Dead Dog Prop, which has since been pulled.

Walmart, Amazon & Sears Pull “Dead Dog Prop” From Online Listings Amidst Social Media Furor

Customers of Walmart.com, Sears.com and Amazon.com  have taken up social media arms today over an item sold by third-party resellers on each of the three respective sites, resulting in the “Dead Dog Prop” vanishing quickly from listings. [More]

The 30-Year Quest For A Doctor Who Dalek Pencil Topper

The 30-Year Quest For A Doctor Who Dalek Pencil Topper

Amanda is just thrilled to bits after finding the Doctor Who Dalek pencil topper she had been searching for for 30 years. Even better was the awesome customer service provided by Kulture Shock, the Amazon.com partner that sold her it. [More]

Amazon's Defense in Apple Lawsuit: Steve Jobs' Own Words

Amazon's Defense in Apple Lawsuit: Steve Jobs' Own Words

Should “apps store” really be “Apps Store®,” a trademarked phrase tied exclusive to Apple and its application store for its devices? Amazon didn’t seem to think so. But when it opened the Amazon Appstore for Android, the online retailer still got slapped with a lawsuit from Apple. [More]

Apple Sues Amazon For Using The Phrase "App Store"

Apple Sues Amazon For Using The Phrase "App Store"

Earlier this year we wrote about Microsoft’s bid to block Apple from trademarking the phrase “app store,” and now comes news that Apple has filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com for using those words. [More]

Should I Have To File A Police Report Before Amazon Will Help Me?

Should I Have To File A Police Report Before Amazon Will Help Me?

Reader John is upset because, after someone stole an expensive watch from his Amazon.com shipment, the company refused to help him until he filed a police report. Should he have to do this? [More]

Amazon To Get Even More Amazon-y With Purchase Of
Diapers.com & Soap.com

Amazon To Get Even More Amazon-y With Purchase Of Diapers.com & Soap.com

Taking one step closer to becoming the Acme Corporation from the Road Runner cartoons, Amazon.com announced today that it plans to purchase the company that owns both diapers.com and soap.com for $500 million. Because, why not? [More]

A Look Back At Online Shopping As Amazon Turns 15

A Look Back At Online Shopping As Amazon Turns 15

It seems like only yesterday Amazon.com was a cute little online baby, shipping out books from a garage and saying the darndest things, and now it’s a 15-year-old teenager that sometimes sasses back and gets sent to its room. Time takes a look back at the online retail giant as it turned 15 on Friday, and the history of shopping the interwebs. [More]

What's Too Much Work For A Price Match?

What's Too Much Work For A Price Match?

What do you do when you’re unhappy with a transaction and the merchant wants to make things right, but you think their terms are unreasonable? That’s what Raymond wants to know. He tells us that Aldo is willing to price match after sending him a marked down item that he paid full price for online, but thinks they want him to go too far to prove it.

Amazon.com Thinks Reader's Balls Are Splendid

Amazon.com Thinks Reader's Balls Are Splendid

Amazon’s new PayPhrase service has its advantages and disadvantages, but one curious feature is that the system generates sample phrases for you. Usually these are pretty innocuous and uplifting—”Laura’s Amazing Effort” and the like. But not for Gil. The PayPhrase system took the opportunity to comment on his private parts, and generated the phrase “Gil’s Splendid Balls” for him.

Epic: Kindle 2 Fails Man's Drop Test, Forces Amazon To Pay Him $400

Epic: Kindle 2 Fails Man's Drop Test, Forces Amazon To Pay Him $400

Paul bought a Kindle 2 from Amazon. He dropped it one day, and it sort of broke but not entirely, and Amazon wanted $200 to replace it. Instead, he got them to send him a $400 check, while still keeping the device. How? [More]

Please, Amazon, Stop Sending Me Bridal Magazines

Please, Amazon, Stop Sending Me Bridal Magazines

Valerie got married about a year and a half ago. While planning the wedding, she had a registry on Amazon.com, but no longer had a use for it after the wedding. About a month ago, suddenly, mysteriously, she started receiving Brides Magazine. She received three issues in a span of three weeks. Not planning another wedding anytime soon, she has no need for a subscription, and called to cancel. What followed was a voyage into the mysterious intersection of magazines and third-party subscription vendors, since nobody can tell Valerie where the subscription really originated.

Kindle Deletions: Amazon Ate Student's Homework

Kindle Deletions: Amazon Ate Student's Homework

I was never much for writing in books in school, though I did use Post-Its frequently. Which is a precursor to leaving digital notes in a Kindle edition of the book. A Michigan high school student is one of the parties in a class action suit against Amazon because in deleting the unauthorized MobileReference edition of 1984, the company effectively ate his homework.

Amazonfraudcheck.com Is Amazon Fraud

Amazonfraudcheck.com Is Amazon Fraud

No, Amazon is not contacting its members and performing regular fraud checks. Jason received this e-mail, which is associated with a rather convincing Amazon phishing site.

Everything Retailer Amazon Buys Shoe Retailer Zappos

Everything Retailer Amazon Buys Shoe Retailer Zappos

Amazon has purchased Zappos for $807 million. Reaction around Consumerist’s (virtual) newsroom: “Oh, no.” Then we started locking up our shoes in case our right to own them is revoked. No, no, we kid. Maybe.

Amazon Deletes Your Books, Has Always Been At War With Eastasia

Amazon Deletes Your Books, Has Always Been At War With Eastasia

Sure, electronic books are portable and have all sorts of advantages. But Borders has not, to date, broken into my house and stolen back my copy of The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide.

Academic Publisher Pays Professors For Shill Amazon Reviews

Academic Publisher Pays Professors For Shill Amazon Reviews

This story is a little old, but was just brought to our attention this weekend. Elsevier, which is sort of the Death Star of academic publishing, was caught offering $25 Amazon gift cards to professors who gave the book five-star reviews on Amazon.