Goodreads is a "social cataloging" website founded in December 2006 and launched in January 2007 by Otis Chandler, a software engineer, and entrepreneur, and Elizabeth Chandler. The website allows individuals to freely search Goodreads' extensive user-populated database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists. They can also create their own groups of book suggestions and discussions. In December 2007, the site had over 650,000 members and over 10 million books had been added. Amazon bought the company in March 2013.
Bing Shopping was eventually sunsetted in 2013 to be replaced by Bing Product Search, which happens right in the Bing search engine. Microsoft does offer the Shopping Campaigns feature within its advertising suite, which may be the closest alternative for now. Purna Virji, who works at Microsoft, has a helpful webinar on how to make the most of your Bing Shopping Campaigns.
Amazon.com's product lines available at its website include several media (books, DVDs, music CDs, videotapes and software), apparel, baby products, consumer electronics, beauty products, gourmet food, groceries, health and personal-care items, industrial & scientific supplies, kitchen items, jewelry, watches, lawn and garden items, musical instruments, sporting goods, tools, automotive items and toys & games.
Rather-Be-Shopping.com focuses on quality over quantity. Although it provides coupon codes for just about 800 retailers, it has a coupon guarantee. The site's operator will hunt down a coupon for a store if you can’t find it on the site and get back to you in 24 hours. Plus, the Rather-Be-Shopping blog features great tips to help you save money when shopping.
If you live in the continental United States, you can earn gift cards for new or gently used items through Amazon’s Trade-In Program. They don’t want your old prom dress. They want things like electronics, video games and books. The offer is only for items that are currently listed in the Trade-In search results, and it must meet the product description exactly; product title, model number, CPU, etc.
Also available is the Mr Beams Wireless Motion-Sensing Outdoor LED Spotlight for $9.72 via in-store pickup. (Amazon charges the same with free shipping for Prime members.) That's the best deal we could find by $2. It features an 80-lumen output, motion detection up to 25 feet, and up to one year of light on a set of three C batteries (not included).
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.
It has also partnered with popular brands among teens. Nike, for example, became a partner seller on Amazon last summer. Snapchat users can shop on Amazon easily, too. As of last month, some Snapchat users are able to point its camera at an item or barcode and buy it from Amazon. Snapchat is the second-most used social media among teens after Instagram, according to the Piper Jaffray survey.
In November 2015, Amazon opened its first physical bookstore location. It is named Amazon Books and is located in University Village in Seattle. The store is 5,500 square feet and prices for all products match those on its website. Amazon will open its tenth physical book store in 2017; media speculation suggests Amazon plans to eventually roll out 300 to 400 bookstores around the country. Amazon plans to open brick and mortar bookstores in Germany.
A Wall Street Journal study revealed that some stores serve higher prices to higher income ZIP codes, as well as to rural areas with less competition. They also might jack the price up for repeat visitors. Browsers know your approximate location (through your device’s IP address), as well as your shopping patterns and preferences (through data saved in ‘cookies’).
Qcheye Direct via Amazon offers its Qcheye LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit in several sizes (H11 pictured) for $79.99. Coupon code "FX2WWJEQ" cuts it to $32. With free shipping, that's tied with our mention from two weeks ago, $48 off, and the lowest price we could find. They feature 80 watts of total power, IP65 weather resistance, and a 6,000-lumen output per bulb. Deal ends November 31.
Sign up for Amazon Family and a Prime account to get special offers, coupons and discounts on family-oriented items. If you aren't a Prime member, you'll get a 5% discount on baby food and diaper subscriptions. Prime members get an additional 15% off with five or more active subscriptions. Get a 15% discount code and a free Welcome Box when you sign up for the Baby Registry.