(Atwater Village Newbie)

How Not Price-Matching Your Own Website Is Kind Of Inefficient

We understand why very few retailers will price-match their own websites. Online and meatspace retail are different markets, and the current system rewards people who are smart enough to order items online for in-store pickup. We guess. You have to admit, though, that the current system is kind of inefficient. That was Brian’s experience at Finish Line, anyway. He wanted a specific jacket, which was $69 online, but a higher sale price, $100, in the store. Only the store couldn’t give him the online price, because That’s Just Not Done. What did he do? He went home and ordered the jacket online. With free shipping. How efficient. [More]

(Karen_Chappell)

Thieves Get Grinchy By Following Delivery Trucks & Stealing Gifts From Doorsteps

While some of us are busy shopping online like Santa’s elves or buying gifts to celebrate Hanukkah, it’s also the time of the year when others get their Grinch on. But cops say three suspects in Massachusetts skipped going down chimneys to steal, and have instead been pulling a reverse St. Nick by swiping gifts from doorsteps moments after delivery trucks drop them off. [More]

(Stéfan)

Study: Amazon Has Cheapest Toys Online [Cue Other Retailers Scrambling To Cut Prices]

In the retail world, it’s all about beating out the competition. And if you can offer the lowest prices and thus lure the most customers, well then you’re the winningest of all. A new analysis of retailers has come up with a big old carrot of motivation by saying Amazon has cheaper online prices for toys than major chains like Walmart and Target. Let the price wars begin, just in time for the holiday season. [More]

3 Things Not To Buy Online

In many cases it’s prudent not to buy things at retail, because you can usually find them cheaper online. But due to quirks inherent with online shopping, there are some things you’re still better off heading out to a physical store to buy yourself. [More]

Things Online Shoppers Shouldn't Do

You can shop online for years without ever having your information compromised, but not everyone can be so lucky. There are ways to guard yourself against thieves looking to swipe your money and personal information. [More]

Retail Websites Admit They Sort Of Encourage Drunk-Buying

Retail Websites Admit They Sort Of Encourage Drunk-Buying

Alcohol doesn’t make you do anything. But a few glasses of wine sure can quiet that voice in the back of your head that tries to tell you, “We don’t actually need that Tim Tebow Fathead wall sticker,” or whatever regrettable impulse buy you might be on the verge of making. And online retailers admit that those occasional after-work happy hours or the extra couple of drops of vodka in your homemade Bloody Mary that sometimes work out to their benefit. [More]

Research Shows Holiday Online Shopping Up 15% This Year

Research Shows Holiday Online Shopping Up 15% This Year

If they could make a noise, digital cash registers would have been busy ringing this year, as new research shows consumers are online shopping to the tune of 15% more than last year, up from $26.9 billion to $30.9 billion. [More]

Which Online Retailers Have The Fastest & Slowest Delivery Times?

Which Online Retailers Have The Fastest & Slowest Delivery Times?

Today is Free Shipping Day, which is pretty self-explanatory, but free shipping doesn’t mean good shipping. That’s why the folks at STELLAservice wanted to know which of the top 25 online retailers were able to get you your order in a timely manner. [More]

A Simple Money-Saving Step For Online Purchases

A Simple Money-Saving Step For Online Purchases

No matter how great a price you find for whatever you’re buying online, there’s a chance you can make it even cheaper before you complete the order. A quick search for discount codes can provide blanket discounts or eliminate shipping charges. Such codes are the not-so-secret handshakes of online commerce. [More]

Reasons Not To Fear Buying Engagement Rings Online

Reasons Not To Fear Buying Engagement Rings Online

Christmas is a popular time to pop the question, and many of those who go through with it will have to suffer agonizing trips to the jewelry store to pick out a rock that will cost so much it could make them rethink the entire endeavor. One way to save time is to buy it online, but there’s still a stigma about buying jewelry that way. [More]

How To Make Sure Your "Free" Shipping Doesn't Cost Too Much

How To Make Sure Your "Free" Shipping Doesn't Cost Too Much

Online sellers don’t offer free shipping with minimum spending amounts just to be nice. They’re trying to squeeze enough extra purchases out of customers to justify the expense of eating their shipping costs. Savvy shoppers can use such offers to their advantage, but they’ll have to out-smart the rigged system. [More]

Crate & Barrel Will E-Stalk You To Close A Sale

Crate & Barrel Will E-Stalk You To Close A Sale

David was poking around the Crate & Barrel website, without actually signing in. Or so he thought. He had put something in his cart, then closed his browser and wandered off. He was a little surprised when the site emailed him to remind him that he had forgotten a few things in his cart. [More]

Jos. A. Bank Puts Item On 'Clearance' By Raising
Price

Jos. A. Bank Puts Item On 'Clearance' By Raising Price

Sharon followed a link from our daily “Morning Deals” post to clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank to check out the “clearance” section. There was a coupon code for an additional 25% off clearance items, but apparently not all clearance sales are created equal. [More]

Free Shipping On Adult Novelty Fur Elephants At Sears

Free Shipping On Adult Novelty Fur Elephants At Sears

Tipster David notes Sears.com appears to have added some adult items to their online catalogue, resulting in some unusual search results. Is this “the softer side of Sears?” [More]

Distracted Shoppers Buy More When There's Some Negative Info

Distracted Shoppers Buy More When There's Some Negative Info

Established wisdom is that you should only talk about how awesome your product is. But a new study finds that shoppers in distracted settings tend to buy more when products are marketed with a touch of negative info, what is known as “the blemishing effect.” [More]

Study: At 88 Hours, CrateAndBarrel.com Takes Longest To Respond To Emails

Study: At 88 Hours, CrateAndBarrel.com Takes Longest To Respond To Emails

Going electronic is supposed to be faster and more efficient for retailers and customers, but in some cases you’d be better off just walking into the store to get your questions answered. [More]

Shipping Rates And Info For Over 50 Online Retailers

Shipping Rates And Info For Over 50 Online Retailers

Here’s a handy to the shipping rates and free shipping info for over 50 top online retailers. From Amazon to Zappos, they’ve got it all so you don’t have to go digging through the site or go through the entire checkout process just to see what you’ll get charged. Consider it a candidate for your bookmarks list. [More]

California May Go After Online Shoppers For Unpaid Taxes

California May Go After Online Shoppers For Unpaid Taxes

While most of the country don’t pay sales tax to online retailers like Amazon, most customers are still supposed to pay those taxes to the state. No one does, of course, which is why the California State Board of Equalization is looking into the prospect of going after residents who have made more than $5,000 in online purchases in the hope of getting paid. [More]