Since its founding, the company has attracted criticism and controversy from multiple sources over its actions. These include: supplying law enforcement with facial recognition surveillance tools; forming cloud computing partnerships with the CIA; luring customers away from the site's brick and mortar competitors; placing a low priority on warehouse conditions for workers; participating in anti-unionization efforts; remotely deleting content purchased by Amazon Kindle users; taking public subsidies; claiming that its 1-Click technology can be patented; engaging in anti-competitive actions and price discrimination; and reclassifying LGBT books as adult content. Criticism has also concerned various decisions over whether to censor or publish content such as the WikiLeaks website, works containing libel and material facilitating dogfight, cockfight, or pedophile activities. In December 2011, Amazon faced a backlash from small businesses for running a one-day deal to promote its new Price Check app. Shoppers who used the app to check prices in a brick-and-mortar store were offered a 5% discount to purchase the same item from Amazon. Companies like Groupon, eBay and Taap.it countered Amazon's promotion by offering $10 off from their products. The company has also faced accusations of putting undue pressure on suppliers to maintain and extend its profitability. One effort to squeeze the most vulnerable book publishers was known within the company as the Gazelle Project, after Bezos suggested, according to Brad Stone, "that Amazon should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle." In July 2014, the Federal Trade Commission launched a lawsuit against the company alleging it was promoting in-app purchases to children, which were being transacted without parental consent.
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Dell Home offers the LG 74.5" 4K HDR Flat LED Ultra HD Smart Television, model no. 75SK8070PUA, bundled with a $200 Dell Gift Card for $1,997 with free shipping. (The gift card will arrive via email 10 to 20 days from ship date.) Assuming you'll use the gift card, that's $2 under last month's mention and the lowest price we could find now by $200. Features include:
Amazon occasionally sends out invitations for customer surveys which can earn you online gift cards. The surveys are done by third-parties, but be careful how much information you give out. Amazon says it never asks you to provide account information, passwords or social security numbers. If you get a survey that does, stop taking it and contact Amazon.
You already know you can save big on Amazon Prime Day 2018, but with these Amazon shopping hacks you can save even more. When you shop through RetailMeNot, you get $10 cash back on orders of $100 (or more) on Amazon. Another excellent way to save every day, not just Prime Day? Download the Honey app, which automatically searches and applies discount codes at check out and gives you points every time you shop online (once you accrue a certain number of points you can cash them in for a gift card).
Sign up for a Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase and earn 40,000 points when you spend $1,000 or more on purchases in the first three months your account is open. You'll also earn 6,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary. Plus, earn unlimited points that don't expire as long as your card account is open. Cardmembers earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases, and 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. There are no blackout dates or seat restrictions when you redeem with points. A $99 annual fee applies.
Shopping robots like camelcamelcamel, the tracktor and Online Price Alert can help you track prices on Amazon, but you have to be patient. Set up an account, then simply copy the URL for the exact product you want from Amazon’s website into your account. The Camelizer and Tracktor chart out the recent price history so you know if it is going up or down. All three sites alert you when the price matches what you designed as the price you will pay.
The ScanLife price comparison app allows customers to scan product barcodes to find the best deals. Customers can also receive rewards allowing store owners an opportunity to reward customers for loyalty. This price comparison app is also very user-friendly as the main screen is a barcode scanner, which means you can scan items straight away as you open the app.
Doramile Direct via Amazon offers its Doramile Instant Read Digital Meat Thermometer in Black or Red for $15.99. Coupon code "505FNLD4" cuts that to $7.99. Plus, Prime members qualify for free shipping. That's $8 off and the lowest price we could find, although we saw it for a buck less last month. It features a backlit LCD, -58°F to 572°F measurement range, and stainless steel folding probe. Deal ends November 30.
Amazon lobbies the United States federal government and state governments on issues such as the enforcement of sales taxes on online sales, transportation safety, privacy and data protection and intellectual property. According to regulatory filings, Amazon.com focuses its lobbying on the United States Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Reserve. Amazon.com spent roughly $3.5 million, $5 million and $9.5 million on lobbying, in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Cruises.com via ShermansCruise offers a Carnival Cruise 5-Night Bahamas Cruise for Two with prices starting at $508. (On the ShermansCruise landing page, scroll down and click "Book Now" next to the December 3 sailing date.) That's the lowest price we could find for such a cruise in Decemberby $50. This roundtrip cruise aboard the Carnival Elation departs from Jacksonville, FL, on December 3. Book this travel deal by November 30.
Instead of sending to your doorstep, you can pick an Amazon Locker in over 50 U.S. cities. Just go to 'Manage Address Book' in the settings section of your account, click 'Enter a new address,' and search for an Amazon Locker location using the search fields shown. You can search by address, zip code, landmark or Locker name. You can also add an Amazon Locker to your address book by scanning the QR code on the Locker screen itself.