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In 2013, Amazon secured a US$600 million contract with the CIA, which poses a potential conflict of interest involving the Bezos-owned The Washington Post and his newspaper's coverage of the CIA. Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, said, "It's a serious potential conflict of interest for a major newspaper like The Washington Post to have a contractual relationship with the government and the most secret part of the government." This was later followed by a US$10 billion contract with the Department of Defence.
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Video Game Bundles - There is unlikely to be much variety when it comes to video game bundles this year. A price will be set early, and most retailers will copy the established deals. Expect Amazon and Best Buy to both have Microsoft Xbox One X Bundles for $399.99, Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB Bundles for $219.99, Microsoft Xbox One X consoles for $374.99, Nintendo Switch Bundles starting at $299.99, and Sony PS4 Pro bundles for $274.99.
Amazon Device Deals - Last year, Amazon offered the Echo Dot for $29.99, (review deal) the Echo Plus for $119.99, (review deal) the Fire 7 Kids Edition for $69.99, (review deal) the Fire HD 10 for $99.99, (review deal) and the Kindle for $49.99. (review deal). While Best Buy had an impressive selection of Amazon device deals last year (review deals), it is still better to make the purchase from the source. Amazon not only had the largest quantity of its own devices, but it also had special deals that you do not generally see at Best Buy and other retailers. For example, it offered the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $89.99 but you saved an additional $10 if you purchased two (review deal).
According to sources, Amazon did not expect to make a profit for four to five years. This comparatively slow growth caused stockholders to complain that the company was not reaching profitability fast enough to justify their investment or even survive in the long-term. The dot-com bubble burst at the start of the 21st century and destroyed many e-companies in the process, but Amazon survived and moved forward beyond the tech crash to become a huge player in online sales. The company finally turned its first profit in the fourth quarter of 2001: $5 million (i.e., 1¢ per share), on revenues of more than $1 billion. This profit margin, though extremely modest, proved to skeptics that Bezos' unconventional business model could succeed.
You can also sign up to sell products on Amazon Marketplace for just $0.99 plus a referral fee and a variable closing fee, depending on the item. If Amazon ships the item they will charge the seller. Just make sure you read all the rules. For example, if you want to sell toys this holiday season, you have to sell at least one item by September, and show a pattern of processing and shipping two dozen items before November.
FOR ALL YOUR ON-LINE BUYING NEEDS!
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
- Detailed descriptions of each e-shop, including its intended audience, atmosphere, and specialties
- A sample list of products for sale at each site
- Information on ordering methods, merchandise photo quality, gift wrapping, and delivery options
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If the carefree vibes of summer overpowered your plans of eating healthy, the pending fall season is the perfect time to reset, regroup, and refocus your efforts on treating yourself and your body better. One of the easiest ways to do this is to eat more veggies. A spiralizer gives you so many new options, from the typical zucchini noodles to replace your starchy pasta to a spiralized apple salad that's perfect for fall to thin swirls of sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon and baked into decadent chips.
ShopSavvy is a price comparison app that allows you to scan barcodes in store. You’ll be able to see prices for both physical and online stores. The app does a price comparison, showcases product reviews, and helps customers find the best deals. But it’s functions don’t end there. This comparison shopping engine also allows you to set up notifications for specific categories, items, or searches so that you can get notified instantly if there’s a sale on your selected items, or if it’s available in store again. As one of the most popular price comparison apps, ShopSavvy has over 100 million downloads. The platform receives over 50 million product scans each month.
Walmart offers the Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB Console bundled with your choice of NBA 2K19 for Xbox One, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds for Xbox One , Minecraft for Xbox One, or Forza Horizon 4 for Xbox One, as well as Red Dead Redemption II for Xbox One, a PowerA Wired Controller for Xbox One, and a $5 Xbox Gift Card for $259 with free shipping. That's $30 under the lowest price we could find for these items purchased separately elsewhere.
New Nintendo Switch Online Service Pass ($8-$20). Nintendo's new online service launched this week. It lets Switch players compete online and gives them access to a bundle of retro games like Super Mario Bros. 3 that are now playable online with friends. If you want to gift or buy a year of online service without subscribing to recurring billing from Nintendo, Amazon offers 12 months for $20 or 3 months for $8.