In March 2015, it was reported in The Verge that Amazon will be removing non-compete clauses of 18 months in length from its US employment contracts for hourly-paid workers, after criticism that it was acting unreasonably in preventing such employees from finding other work. Even short-term temporary workers have to sign contracts that prohibit them from working at any company where they would "directly or indirectly" support any good or service that competes with those they helped support at Amazon, for 18 months after leaving Amazon, even if they are fired or made redundant.
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BuyVia’s price comparison app might not have the best looking results page, especially in comparison to the other apps on this list, but the good thing is that it usually shows you options that other price comparison apps might not. For instance, if you are looking to compare book prices, the BuyVia app will also list used books, as well as brand new ones, giving you a wider choice of selection.
However, you can get instant price comparisons with browser add-ons from FreePriceAlerts.com. When you download the browser add-on and shop online as you normally would, the tool searches other retail sites and displays an alert if a product you’re viewing is cheaper at another site. The FreePriceAlerts tool works on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers. You don’t have to register on the site to download the tool, but if you do, you can set target prices for items you want and receive e-mail alerts when prices fall to the levels you want.
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There's really no reason to pay full retail price for most products because there are so many resources on the Web that can help you compare prices, score discounts and get the best deals. Here are 15 of our favorite sites that can help you save money when you shop online. And all have free mobile apps that you can use when you're in brick-and-mortar stores or on the go.
Hydration is key. That's why I always make sure I have a water bottle on me. This one from Brita is the best affordable water bottle we've ever tested because it has an in-bottle filter to remove flavors and odors in the water and it has a soft squeeze, making it easy to drink from while walking or hiking. Right now, it's at one of its lowest pricing, so it's a good option to throw in a backpack or work bag.
One of the pleasures of online shopping is the ease of comparison browsing. With the online-business boom, however, there are now thousands of new stores, and a lot of confusion. Not all Web stores are equal, and hours can be lost--in the pursuit of saving time--perusing Web sites that provide scanty information or complicated procedures or both. And some Web sites turn out to be mere catalog pages and don't allow you to order at all.
All Better via Amazon offers the QQwow Beard Grooming Kit for $16.99. Coupon code "ILYRWJMO" cuts that to $10.19. Plus, Prime members bag free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find now by $2, although we saw it for slightly less in July. It includes a 2-oz. bottle of beard oil, 2.8-oz. tin of beard balm, and sandalwood comb. Deal ends October 31.
As one of its daily deals, Threadmill Home Linen via Amazon discounts its Threadmill Home Linen 600-Thread Count 100% ELS Cotton Sheet Set in a selection of sizes, with prices starting at $43.19. With free shipping on each set, that yields a saving of up to $15. Each set includes a flat and fitted sheet and either one or two pillowcases. Deal ends today.
On May 5, 2014, Amazon unveiled a partnership with Twitter. Twitter users can link their accounts to an Amazon account and automatically add items to their shopping carts by responding to any tweet with an Amazon product link bearing the hashtag #AmazonCart. This allows customers to never leave their Twitter feed and the product is waiting for them when they go to the Amazon website.
For example, buying a $100 Starbucks gift card at the grocery store could earn you $6 on program that offers 6% cash back. I caution you to read the fine print to make sure gift cards earn reward points, and to make sure the store rings them up as merchandise. Stores pay credit card networks every time you use your card, and those reward cards cost store owners even more! Remember that tidbit every time you use your high rewards card in a little mom and pop place!
Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Deals - Last year, Best Buy offered savings up to $200 with qualified activation on the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (review deal). It also offered $300 off on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus with qualified activation (review deal). Amazon rarely mentions iPhone and Galaxy phone prices in its initial announcement, while Best Buy always puts its iPhone and Galaxy phone deals front and center.
CheapCaribbean via ShermansTravel offers an All-Inclusive Riu Guanacaste 4-Night Flight and Hotel Vacation for Two in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with prices starting at $1,549.92. That's the lowest price we could find by at least $26. This price is based on departure from New York, NY, (LGA) with arrival in Liberia, Costa Rica, (LIR) on December 2; other departure cities are available for an additional cost. This 4-star hotel has an Expedia rating of 76% based on 1,693 reviews. Book this travel deal by November 11 for travel from November 9 through December 23.
Joe's New Balance Outlet takes up to 50% off a selection of New Balance men's, women's, and kids' shoes and apparel. (Prices are as marked.) Plus, cut an extra 10% off via coupon code "HALLOWEEN". Even better, the same coupon bags free shipping for all orders. (Shipping normally adds $6.95 for orders under $99.) Some exclusions apply. Deal ends October 31.
Does anyone really like vacuuming? Sure it gets your home clean, but it's so tedious to do it every day, just to clean it again tomorrow. Thankfully, robot vacuums exist to do the dirty work for you, so you don't have to. After testing the Ecovacs Deebot N79, we found that it had above average pickup and rarely gets stuck, but it did take a bit of time to clean. Right now, you can get the upgraded Ecovacs Deebot N79S, which has Alexa connectivity and slightly enhanced cleaning, for $30 off if you click the little coupon box below the price tag.
Keep your kiddo warm and dry in this waterproof Boys' Raincreek Falls Jacket from Columbia. It's listed for $39.99 but you can get it for $31.92 when you use the promo code. The jacket comes in red and blue and features a protective hood and chin guard to keep the zipper from scraping your chin. Greater Rewards members receive free shipping. More Info »
Start planning for the holidays early w/ this interactive Chewbacca toy that features 100+ sound & motion combinations. Currently, Target has listing for $109.99 but enter your promo code & it drops to just $82 w/ free shipping *text TOY to 827438 to get a unique coupon code that can be entered in the promo code box online; one-time use. More Info »
Yiues via Amazon offers its Yiues Nylon Sport Loop Replacement Band for Apple Watch in several colors (Black/White pictured) for $10.99. Coupon code "I2QA8GDL" cuts it to $5.49. With free shipping for Prime members, that's $6 off and the lowest price we could find. It comes with an Apple Watch case and is available in sizes 38mm and 42mm. Deal ends November 20.
This Bosch 34-Piece Drill and Drive Bit Set includes a wide variety of both driver bits and drill bits as well as a selection of accessories to help assist in a number of drilling and fastening applications. It's on sale at Amazon for $7.48 and ships free for Prime members. It sells for a few dollars more at Home Depot. Note, this item won't ship for 1 to 4 weeks. More Info »
Our favorite is DealNews.com, which has a team of deal hunters who keep their eyes on a million products at more than 2,000 reputable online retailers and update the site with new deals at least 200 times a day. Plus, it works with merchants to offer exclusive deals you won't find elsewhere. There's a picture of each product and ample information, including the original price, sale price and whether it's the lowest price DealNews has found for the product. You can sign up for e-mail alerts for products or stores you're interested in and get shopping advice from the site's buying guides.
In 1999, Amazon first attempted to enter the publishing business by buying a defunct imprint, "Weathervane", and publishing some books "selected with no apparent thought", according to The New Yorker. The imprint quickly vanished again, and as of 2014 Amazon representatives said that they had never heard of it. Also in 1999, Time magazine named Bezos the Person of the Year when it recognized the company's success in popularizing online shopping.
You can trust Google to always do the best. Google scrapes data from around the web, and presents it to you in a way that’s useful for you to use. The price comparison feature of Google Shopping is just a part of the search engine itself. All you have to do is search for the product under the Shopping section. When you click on the product that you’re interested in, you’ll be presented with a few photos of the product, a product description, reviews, and pricing information from various different retailers. Products are automatically listed based on the lowest price showing as the first option, but if you’re not fond of a particular retailer, you can expand the options and see the full table comparison.
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This essential book helps you find exactly what you want on the Web in no time flat--without having to struggle with slow downloads or the endless, irrelevant listings on search engines. From well-known giants like Amazon.com to promising upstarts like Plato's Toybox, these sites run the gamut of products and services, size and price. But they all have one thing in common: they're the best the Web has to offer. Inside you'll find
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Throughout the summer of 2018, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders criticized Amazon's wages and working conditions in a series of YouTube videos and media appearances. He also pointed to the fact that Amazon had paid no federal income tax in the previous year. Sanders solicited stories from Amazon warehouse workers who felt exploited by the company. One such story, by James Bloodworth, described the environment as akin to "a low-security prison" and stated that the company's culture used an Orwellian newspeak. These reports cited a finding by New Food Economy that one third of fulfilment center workers in Arizona were on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Responses by Amazon included incentives for employees to tweet positive stories and a statement which called the salary figures used by Sanders "inaccurate and misleading". The statement also charged that it was inappropriate for him to refer to SNAP as "food stamps". On September 5, 2018, Sanders along with Ro Khanna introduced the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (Stop BEZOS) Act aimed at Amazon and other alleged beneficiaries of corporate welfare such as Wal-mart, McDonald's and Uber. Among the bill's supporters were Tucker Carlson of Fox News and Matt Taibbi who criticized himself and other journalists for not covering Amazon's contribution to wealth inequality earlier.
In June 2017, Amazon announced that it would acquire Whole Foods, a high-end supermarket chain with over 400 stores, for $13.4 billion. The acquisition was seen by media experts as a move to strengthen its physical holdings and challenge Walmart's supremacy as a brick and mortar retailer. This sentiment was heightened by the fact that the announcement coincided with Walmart's purchase of men's apparel company Bonobos. On August 23, 2017, Whole Foods shareholders, as well as the Federal Trade Commission, approved the deal.