Use those virtual coins you earned with hardware to, well, buy more hardware
At the rate things are going, even Russian brides and flux capacitors will rank among the things you can buy with Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that's had its ups and downs in the media. In the meantime, there are plenty of other things you can buy with the popular virtual currency. You could even build your system with parts bought with Bitcoin currency now that Newegg is accepting it.
Retailers slow to adopt online shopping risk becoming obsolete
If you were to gather 10, 20, or even 50 people into a room and ask those who have ever shopped online to raise their hand, it wouldn't be surprising if everyone lifted an arm. Certainly the majority of hands would go up in most cases. Even so, it's still relatively early in the e-commerce game -- according to a new report by a Kantar Worldpanel, online sales of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) will reach $53 billion by 2016.
The cost of an Amazon Prime membership is going up in 7 days
Amazon has been sending out emails to its Prime members to let them know that when it comes time to renew, they'll be charged a higher rate. Specifically, Amazon Prime will soon cost $99 for a year, a $20 jump over the previous price. Students will still receive a discount, though the price of a Prime membership will go up for them as well -- the new price is $49 per year, up $10 over the old price (the first 6 months is still free for new Student members).
If you're shopping on Amazon's website and hoping to score free shipping, you may have to increase your order size. Previously, Amazon offered its customers free "Super Saving" shipping on qualifying orders of at least $25, but for the first time in over 10 years, the e-tailer decided to bump up the minimum order amount. You must now spend $35 on qualifying items to receive free shipping.
It's getting easier by the day to blow through a paycheck, isn't it? Sure, gas prices are high from coast-to-coast, but if you're an impulse shopper with a Internet connection, you have about as much chance as Bill Paxton did in Aliens. That's because daily deal sites are all over the web. It's become such a 'thing' that even Newegg is getting in on the action with its NeweggFlash portal.
Some lucky gamers in the U.K. received a massive discount on Razer peripherals.
Razer today issued a statement via email in regards to a leaked 90 percent off coupon code for its U.K. portal that went viral, resulting in thousands of orders being placed in the span of just a couple of hours. This wasn't an authorized or approved coupon code, but one that was generated by a third party in order to test the site's shopping cart. Even so, Razer said it will honor the discounted orders that were placed.
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.
Amazon could hardly contain its excitement over how many Kindle devices it sold on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the busiest offline and online (respectively) shopping days of the year. According to Amazon, the holiday weekend was the "best ever" for the Kindle family, especially Cyber Monday, which ranked as the biggest day ever for Kindle sales worldwide. It was pretty much the same situation last year, which makes it even more impressive that Amazon managed to double its holiday weekend sales record from 2011.
Hopefully you all stayed safe out there and survived the madness that is known as Black Friday. Or maybe you skipped all the hoopla of angry crowds and avoided all the pushing and shoving by staying at home and doing your shopping online. Certainly many of you did, According to comScore's data, online shopping on Black Friday surged to $1.042 billion, making it the heaviest online shopping day to date in 2012, and representing a 26 percent bump compared to last year.
You'll notice we didn't include any clothes items in our Geek Holiday Gift Guide 2012 or Black Friday 2012 and Cyber Monday Ads Round Up. It's because we're far more interested in dressing up our desktops than our waistlines (this isn't Maximum Fashion, after all), but had we included clothes, would you know which size to buy, especially after eating a pound or two of Thanksgiving turkey? (Happy Turkey Day to those of you who celebrate, and to the rest, Happy Thursday, as it were.) A new virtual tape technology might one day help you figure it out.