Amazon’s Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

I sometimes think that if you could look in the safe behind Jeff Bezos’ desk, instead of the sports almanac from Back to the Future you’d find an Encyclopedia of Retail, written in maybe 1985. There would be Post-It notes on every page, and every one of those notes would have been turned into a team and maybe a product. Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. And we can forget how many of the slightly dusty incumbent retailers we all grew up with were also once considered radical, daring, piratical new businesses that made people angry …

This Woman Loves Ordering From Amazon So Much That Her Husband Brought Her An Amazon Birthday Cake

A birthday is a great opportunity to show your loved one how much you care about them. While we all should make an effort to show our love to important people in our lives every day, an extra effort during the day they were born couldn’t hurt. But how do you surprise someone whom you have known for years and probably tried everything? Well, if you’ve exhausted all ideas, watch and learn from this guy! “When you order a lot from Amazon… you get an Amazon box birthday cake!” Recently, photographer Emily McGuire shared photos of a surprise she got for her birthday – an Amazon package birthday cake. When Emily first saw the cake, she believed that it was …

Amazon Warns Customers: Those Supplements Might Be Fake

On the second evening of Prime Day, Amazon’s annual sales bonanza, Anne Marie Bressler received an email from Amazon that had nothing to do with the latest deals. The message, sent from an automated email address Tuesday, informed her that the Align nutritional supplements she ordered two weeks earlier were probably counterfeit. “If you still have this product, we recommend that you stop using it immediately and dispose of the item,” the email reads, adding that she would be receiving a full refund. It’s not clear how many other customers may have purchased the fake supplements. Amazon confirmed that it sent out the email but declined to specify the number of customers impacted. For years, Amazon has battled third-party sellers …

Amazon Prime Day Is Over. These 33 Great Deals Remain

Prime Day 2019 has come and gone, but some deals remain. After studying spreadsheets and combing the Internet until our screens blurred before our eyes, we found a considerable number of great deals this year. Hopefully you were able to grab the noise-canceling headphones or Instant Pot of your dreams at a much more reasonable price. If not, have no fear. Prime Day is officially over, but many of deals we found still exist. Rival sales from Walmart and other stores will continue through July 17, and we've rounded up all the remaining deals from all our 2019 Prime Day coverage below. In some cases the discounts are not quite as steep, but a surprising number of the (roughly) 167 …

The 27 Best Home and Outdoor Deals for Prime Day

As befits a website known as "the everything store," Amazon's Prime Day offerings really run the gamut. You may already have a few big-ticket electronics items in mind, but don't sleep on any kitchen gadgets, high-tech toys, or even pet cameras that you may have been eying. Amazon will release new deals throughout the entire 48 hours of Prime Day (yes, it's two days long), and we will update this article throughout the sale, so if you don't see something you like now, be sure to check back later. Updated 3:30 pm ET Monday: We've added several new deals to the list, including 23andMe, a kayak, and more. Note: When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, …

Amazon Credit Builder: What Is It and How Does it Work?

In a continued partnership with Synchrony Bank, Amazon has placed another card on offer: Amazon Credit Builder. It’s also been called out by some critics for targeting and potentially exploiting vulnerable consumers. Should you make room for it in your wallet? Here’s everything you need to know to about the service. What is Amazon Credit Builder? An Amazon Credit Builder secured credit card offers many of the same benefits as a regular Amazon Prime store card, such as 5% back on Amazon purchases. There are more restrictions with the new card, however, as Amazon Credit Builder can only be used to make purchases on the Amazon website and businesses with Amazon Pay functionality. For first-time credit customers and those who …

Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast

For years, the US government stood by as big tech companies like Facebook and Google growth hacked and gobbled up competitors on their way to dominance, with barely a mention of “anticompetitive” concerns. But that lax attitude is changing. Word continued to leak this week about possible antitrust investigations by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, who reportedly divvied up companies like a couple might divide household chores. (The DOJ calls dibs on Google and Apple, while the FTC gets Facebook and Amazon.) House Democrats, meanwhile, are launching an antitrust probe of their own over competition in the tech industry more broadly. It’s too soon to tell whether any of this activity will lead to meaningful regulation, or …

The New Antitrust Scrutiny Should Worry Silicon Valley

Many Americans think Big Tech and Silicon Valley have too much power and need to be reigned in. Six weeks ago, it was hard to believe Washington had the political will to do much about that. Facebook had just said it would take a charge of up to $5 billion for an expected Federal Trade Commission fine related to its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The reaction: Facebook’s stock jumped 6 percent to its highest price in nine months. The potential fine seemed manageable; Facebook has reported more than $5 billion in profit in some quarters. Investors concluded that regulators would, at most, give the company a hard slap on the wrist. Americans are used to Washington punting on …

Venture investors and startup execs say they dont need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

Responding to Elizabeth Warren’s call to regulate and break up some of the nation’s largest technology companies, the venture capitalists that invest in technology companies are advising the presidential hopeful to move slowly and not break anything. Warren’s plan called for regulators to be appointed to oversee the unwinding of several acquisitions that were critical to the development of the core technology that make Alphabet’s Google and the social media giant Facebook so profitable… and Zappos. Warren also wanted regulation in place that would block companies making over $25 billion that operate as social media or search platforms or marketplaces from owning companies that also sell services on those marketplaces. As a whole, venture capitalists viewing the policy were underwhelmed. …