In early 2018, President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized Amazon's use of the United States Postal Service and pricing of its deliveries, stating, "I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy," Trump tweeted. "Amazon should pay these costs (plus) and not have them bourne [sic] by the American Taxpayer." Amazon's shares fell by 6 percent as a result of Trump's comments. Shepard Smith of Fox News disputed Trump's claims and pointed to evidence that the USPS was offering below market prices to all customers with no advantage to Amazon. However, analyst Tom Forte pointed to the fact that Amazon's payments to the USPS are not public and that their contract has a reputation for being "a sweetheart deal".
While Amazon has publicly opposed secret government surveillance, as revealed by Freedom of Information Act requests it has supplied facial recognition support to law enforcement in the form of the "Rekognition" technology and consulting services. Initial testing included the city of Orlando, Florida, and Washington County, Oregon. Amazon offered to connect Washington County with other Amazon government customers interested in Rekognition and a body camera manufacturer. These ventures are opposed by a coalition of civil rights groups with concern that they could lead to expansion of surveillance and be prone to abuse. Specifically, it could automate the identification and tracking of anyone, particularly in the context of potential police body camera integration. Due to the backlash, the city of Orlando has publicly stated it will no longer use the technology.
Twitch is a live streaming platform for video, primarily oriented towards video gaming content. The service was first established as a spin-off of a general-interest streaming service known as Justin.tv. Its prominence was eclipsed by that of Twitch, and Justin.tv was eventually shut down by its parent company in August 2014 in order to focus exclusively on Twitch. Later that month, Twitch was acquired by Amazon for $970 million. Through Twitch, Amazon also owns Curse, Inc., an operator of video gaming communities and a provider of VoIP services for gaming. Since the acquisition, Twitch began to sell games directly through the platform, and began offering special features for Amazon Prime subscribers.
Once known as the largest discount bookseller online, Amazon has become a one-stop shop for laptops, TVs, housewares, clothing and almost anything. Amazon deals are sourced from numerous vendors to bring you the lowest prices, and you can save even more money with their daily Gold Box Event deals and even occasional Amazon coupons. Orders over $25 ship for free, and Amazon Prime customers get free two-day shipping on every order. More >
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.
We’ll be working around the clock to curate all the best Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for designers, artists and creatives on this page. We don’t know how good this year’s discounts will be - but we can tell you that our expects will be picking through all Amazon’s offerings and posting only the best-value deals here. So bookmark this page and check back in November.
Before picking up this excellent book, I was wary of online shopping -- and I still am, but now I'm intelligently wary. The authors do a marvelous job of helping understand what you can trust and what you can't, how online shopping works in all its various manifestations, and what strategies to use when you do shop online. The book showed me that online shopping is not (as I had thought) just for shopping addicts who need a fix 24 hours a day, but a great space for intelligent and discerning consumers. I'm still not a big spender online (or anywhere), but I've used the book to help me find some things I couldn't find anywhere else and at surprising prices. I think this book is going to go down in the so-far brief history of online commerce as a milestone achievement. It has certainly changed my views about WWW commerce and made me a better consumer. I can't say enough about this expansive, easy-to-use, fun, and informative work. I hope they plan to update this work regularly.
WIRED's Lauren Goode reviews the latest iPhone models -- the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max -- and tests the battery life, camera and video capabilities. CORRECTION, Sept. 19, 5:05 PM EST: The video above misstated the water rating for the iPhone XS and XS Max. While the IP68 standard states that devices must be waterproof to more than 1 meter, Apple's new phones are waterproof up to 2 meters for up to 30 minutes."
Add some color to your wardrobe with these classy looking Aldo polos from Tommy Hilfiger that uses soft cotton styling to ensure comfort. Currently Macy's is offering these in 5 different styles for just $29.99 but enter the promo code and it drops to just $23.99 w/ free shipping on orders $99+. Alternatively, I found a similar set of polos listing for $24.99 w/ free shipping on eBay if you'd prefer. More Info »
If you've been thinking about getting a robot vacuum, today's a good chance. The iRobot Roomba 650 is one of the most popular models because it not only has the iconic brand name but is also reasonably priced and does a solid job at keeping your home tidy between deep cleanings. Right now, you can get a Certified Refurbished model for $190, about 20% off and the lowest price we've ever seen by a large margin.
Anova makes the best sous vide cooker, also called an immersion circulator, that we've ever tested. It even has Bluetooth so you can control it from your living room. It originally cost $180, but has been hovering between $110-$125 for the past few months. Right now the price has dipped down below $100, making it the perfect time to try sous vide for yourself.
BizRate allows customers to find the best prices, set price alerts and search through countless deals on their price comparison search engine. Whether customers are looking for a specific product or to scroll through collections, BizRate’s platform offers a great variety of product deals. When it comes to the best price comparison shopping engines, BizRate is definitely high up on the list. This is because of its user friendly website and wide range of results. A few features that make BizRate stand out include the option to download links to PDF user manuals for hundreds of devices and gadgets. It also has a price alert feature, which is quite simple to use. All you have to do is enter your email address and a price threshold, and BizRate will notify you whenever the price of your selected product has fallen within your alert range.
Amazon has attracted widespread criticism for poor working conditions by both current employees, who refer to themselves as Amazonians, and former employees, as well as the media and politicians. In 2011, it was publicized that at the Breinigsville, Pennsylvania warehouse, workers had to carry out work in 100 °F (38 °C) heat, resulting in employees becoming extremely uncomfortable and suffering from dehydration and collapse. Loading-bay doors were not opened to allow in fresh air, due to the company's concerns over theft. Amazon's initial response was to pay for an ambulance to sit outside on call to cart away overheated employees. The company eventually installed air conditioning at the warehouse.
Although we expect to see some of the best deals over Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we know from last year that Amazon will be dropping decent deals for a much longer period than this. In 2017, the retailer launched its Deals of the Day scheme on 17th November – seven days before Black Friday – effectively stretching Amazon’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales period to a massive 10 days.
BuyDig offers the Sony Bravia 60.1" 4K HDR Flat LED Ultra HD Smart Television, model no. XBR-60X830F, bundled with a $100 Visa Gift Card for $1,098 with free shipping. Assuming you'll use the gift card, that's effectively tied with last month's mention as the lowest price we've seen. (It's the best deal we could find today by $100.) This 2018 model features:
We love the Arlo range of home security cameras, but there are two big problems we have with them. First, they’re really expensive. Second you have to deal with the hassle of recharging the batteries every two to three months. If you want something comparable that’s way less expensive and that has battery life that Arlo cameras couldn’t even dream of, today is your lucky day. Amazon is offering discounts on both the Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System and the upgraded weatherproof Blink XT Home Security Camera System. They’re all available at their lowest prices yet, but these deals probably won’t last long.
Here are some of the best deals we found at Amazon today. Keep in mind that Amazon prices can change at anytime, all of these prices were valid when posted. Make sure you double check the price before you make your purchase. If you don’t see a coupon that we mention, it could be that the coupon is no longer valid or that you already used it at one point, many of the coupons are one-time only.
When you first move into a new apartment, you're always missing a few things—like say, a complete knife set. If you're not looking to spend too much, this colorful, stainless steel set from Vremi is one of the best knife sets we've tested under $100. They come with hard plastic covers that are ideal for storage and right now, you can get them at their lowest price. They're not the sharpest knives out there, but they make a great set for a basic kitchen.
More teenagers are using Prime membership, too, according to the survey. Prime adoption is at 74%, up from 66% last year. This is in line with the rise of Prime membership penetration across American households. Piper Jaffray estimates that a little over 80 million households are Prime users, up from a high of 70 million in the spring. Another research firm, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, has estimated that Amazon Prime reached 97 million U.S. members in September.