Alan Rappa

5 Things You Should Know About Amazon’s Issues With Counterfeits

When you see a brand-name handbag or laptop being sold on Amazon for well below its retail price, it’s hard to not hit the “Buy” button. But is it a good deal or just a counterfeit in brand-name clothing? [More]

Amazon Echo Users Can Now Set Spotify, Pandora As Their Default Music Service

Amazon Echo Users Can Now Set Spotify, Pandora As Their Default Music Service

Until now, if you wanted to tell Alexa to play a certain song using a music service other than Prime Music, you’d have to say something like, “Alexa, play ‘Hotline Bling’ by Drake on Spotify.” Those days are gone, as Amazon Echo users can now set their default music services to either Spotify or Pandora. [More]

Amazon’s Audible Creating Network Of Subscription-Only Podcasts

Amazon’s Audible Creating Network Of Subscription-Only Podcasts

If you’re a big podcast listener, you may have wondered whether it would be possible to just pay up instead of listening to one more rambling ad spot for Audible, Blue Apron, or Stamps.com. There’s a growing number of options out there, and the newest one happens to be from Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook services. The company’s new service, Channels, charges a subscription fee for curated ad-free audio content that the company won’t actually call “podcasts.” [More]

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Report: Amazon Is Planning Another Real-Life Bookstore In Manhattan In 2019

Back in 2014, Amazon signed a 17-year lease on office space with some retail floors across from the Empire State Building in Manhattan, and that led to delighted speculation that the company might open a real-life store to sell its own products and let local customers pick up their packages. Instead, the office space is just boring old office space. Now, reports are circlulating that a deal for an Amazon bookstore in Manhattan has been or will be signed. [More]

Is Amazon Removing List Prices From Product Pages?

Is Amazon Removing List Prices From Product Pages?

It’s a time-honored tradition in retail to show shoppers just how much a deal they are getting by showing the “list” price next to the price the customer will actually pay. It’s a practice that online sellers, who can often offer deeper discounts than bricks-and-mortar stores, frequently use, but it looks like Amazon is quietly shifting toward showing shoppers only one price.
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Nearly 501,000 Hoverboards Recalled Over Safety, Fire Hazards

Nearly 501,000 Hoverboards Recalled Over Safety, Fire Hazards

Nearly five months ago, major retailer pulled “hoverboard” scooters from shelves after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the not-actually-hovering devices were unsafe unless they met certain standards. Now the federal safety agency is announcing an official recall of around 501,000 hoverboards. [More]

Mike Seyfang

What’s Going On When Your Amazon Package Gets Delivered By Some Guy In A Sedan

Amazon increasingly promises faster, quicker, more local delivery. UPS, FedEx, and the Post Office can’t handle all that, of course, so the e-retail giant turns to local couriers, its own Amazon-branded fleet… and, increasingly, folks who volunteer to drive your stuff around for a few bucks an hour.

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You Can Now Tell Amazon’s Alexa To Order Millions Of Prime-Eligible Items

You Can Now Tell Amazon’s Alexa To Order Millions Of Prime-Eligible Items

Do you want to order a pallet of cat food and some bendy straws on Amazon? If not, don’t judge. If you do, it won’t matter if you’ve purchased those items in the past: Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa will no longer be limited to just reordering stuff you got before. [More]

Amazon Trying That Whole “Prime Day” Thing Again This Year

Amazon Trying That Whole “Prime Day” Thing Again This Year

Last year, Amazon tried inventing a holiday all for itself. The day was dubbed “Prime Day,” and it was to be a day full of irresistible sales and promotions for Prime Members. In the end, it was something of a wash. But Amazon, undeterred, is now making it an annual tradition.

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Amazon Selling Android Phones At A Discount, If You Like Ads

Amazon Selling Android Phones At A Discount, If You Like Ads

In the market for a new phone, but don’t want to pay retail? Amazon is offering $50 off unlocked Android smartphones, but that discount comes with a slightly big catch: the e-commerce giant gets to pre-load the device with its own apps and send ads to the lock screen anytime it wants. [More]

Amazon Giving Dozens Of Brands Dash Buttons Whether You Want Them Or Not

Amazon Giving Dozens Of Brands Dash Buttons Whether You Want Them Or Not

UPDATE: Amazon made it official, announcing that it’s adding 50 new brands to the Dash lineup. [More]

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Re-Zombified Circuit City Opens Storefront On Amazon

Back in 2009, electronics shoppers turning to Amazon was one of the factors blamed for the demise of the retailer Circuit City. Now Circuit City, under its second post-bankruptcy owner, is beginning a retail comeback by opening a retail storefront on Amazon. They’re starting out by going where the customers already are. [More]

Alan Rappa

FAA Announces Two New Potential Hazardous Materials Fines For Amazon

A few weeks ago, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $350,000 fine against online Everything Store Amazon.com for shipping corrosive drain cleaner without properly packaging or labeling it. Now the agency is proposing additional fines for the company over other incidents shipping hazardous materials. [More]

Amazon Prime’s “No-Rush Shipping Credits” May Not Be Worth The Extra Wait

Amazon Prime’s “No-Rush Shipping Credits” May Not Be Worth The Extra Wait

At $99/year — or the recently announced $10.99/month — a subscription to Amazon Prime isn’t cheap, but for people who place regular orders with the e-tail giant, the free expedited shipping may be worth the cost. Now Amazon is offering “No-Rush Shipping Credits” to Prime members willing to temporarily waive their right to what had once been the main selling point of Prime. However, a closer look at the offer raises concerns that many customers may not benefit by being more patient with their purchases. [More]

Mike Seyfang

FAA Wants To Fine Amazon For Allegedly Shipping Hazardous Materials As Air Cargo

Because you can’t just throw anything in a plane and ship it somewhere, the Federal Aviation Administration wants to stick Amazon with a $350,000 civil penalty for allegedly shipping hazardous materials as air cargo. [More]

Mike Seyfang

Report: Amazon’s Strides In Apparel Could Be Serious Threat To Brick-And-Mortar Stores

As if retail chains aren’t already having a rough time of it lately, a new report says Amazon’s clothing business could prove to make things even worse in the future. [More]

What Happened? Amazon Removes Half Of The Streaming Video I Bought

What Happened? Amazon Removes Half Of The Streaming Video I Bought

By now, most of us are aware that videos come and go from Amazon’s streaming offerings; that a movie available on Prime this month may be gone the next. There are even caveats in the Amazon terms of service that videos you purchase from Amazon may vanish from your online library — and there’s nothing you can do about it. What you don’t expect is for half of a video you buy to suddenly disappear without explanation. [More]

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Amazon Giving Away Free Tablets If You Sign Up For Comcast Through Cable Site

Are you in the market for an Amazon Fire tablet, and a new cable provider? If so, you’re in luck, because the Everything Store is offering free tablets in its Cable Store along with new Xfinity Internet and TV packages from Comcast. Maybe they’d offer tablets with packages from other providers, too, but Comcast is the only vendor in their Cable Store for now. [More]