One of the advantages that brick-and-mortar stores have over online outlets like Amazon is that you can waltz into a location, buy what you're looking for, and use it right away. Amazon can't completely close that gap, but its same-day shipping service comes awfully close. The service is slowly expanding, with Amazon adding six new locations that qualify for same-day delivery, including Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
Do you find the idea of buying a 3D printer to be cost prohibitive? Perhaps next year there will be several affordable models to choose from, but in the meantime, you can still own 3D printed goods without the hefty initial investment. Amazon today announced the launch of its 3D Printed Products store where you can order over 200 unique print-on-demand items that you can customize to your liking.
Despite a 23 percent increase in sales to $19.34 billion, Amazon reported a net loss of $126 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for its fiscal second quarter ended June 30, 2014. That compares to a profit of $108 million in the first quarter, and a loss of $7 million, or 2 cents a share, on revenue of $15.7 billion in the same quarter a year prior. The lesson here is that Amazon isn't afraid to take a loss in order to launch new products and services.
iOS users spent five times more than Android users on Christmas
IBM revealed some interesting statistics about holiday spending in a thinly veiled attempt to draw attention to its Digital Analytics Benchmark, which IBM claims is the industry's only real-time, cloud-based digital analytics platform that tracks millions of transactions and analyzes terabytes of raw data from around 800 retail sites across the nation. So, what did IBM find?
Don't take it personal if UPS or FedEx failed to deliver all those PC components and other goodies you intended to shove underneath the Christmas tree this year. It wasn't just you, but thousands of Americans who were affected by delivery delays, as both companies contended with exceptionally bad weather and higher-than-expected demand during the holiday shopping period.
Take a full year to pay for a Kindle Fire HDX today
Amazon is making one last effort to sell more Kindle Fire HDX tablets this holiday shopping season by offering buyers an extended payment plan free of interest. The way it works is rather simple -- you pay 25 percent of the retail cost at checkout, and the remaining balance is billed in three equal installments every 90 days. There are no finance charges, hidden fees, credit check, or application process to go through.
Newegg today revealed its plans for Black Friday, part of which will include big discounts of up to 85 percent on more than 3,000 products throughout its virtual store. Newegg's Black Friday discounts will take place over the course of the next two days, some highlights of which include a Polk Audio subwoofer discounted 64 percent, Samsung TVs at up to 45 percent off, and plenty more.
Effective November 1, 2013, Amazon will collect sales tax from 6.6 million Massachusetts residents.
Unfortunately for residents of Massachusetts, Amazon and state officials have struck an agreement for the online retailer to collect sales tax in the state, and no amount of tossing tea into the Boston Harbor is going to change that. If it would, Amazon would probably join in, because terms of the deal could potentially place the company at a competitive disadvantage with other online sellers.
A U.K. vendor has pulled a batch of Transformer Prime tablets off its virtual store shelves after discovering problems it rooted out via internal testing. Clove made the decision to cancel all pending orders and will not resume selling the tablet until Asus works out whatever glitch has the vendor bugged. In the meantime, Asus is scratching its wondering what the frack Clove is talking about.
How much trust do you put into those 5-star reviews on Amazon, or glowing reviews on any e-commerce site, for that matter? Smart online shoppers know to thoroughly research a product before forking over part of a payday, but when a $10 Kindle cover boasts a 4.9 rating out of nearly 5,000 reviews, would you really be suspicious of shenanigans in a sample size that large? Perhaps you should be.