Piper Jaffray’s report also broke down the popularity of Amazon based on household income. It found that the Seattle retail giant is the favorite among teens from upper-income families (with an average income of $101,900), it also saw strong growth in the $41,000-$68,000 household income bracket. Piper Jaffray says this may be a sign that Amazon’s efforts to convert lower-income consumers is working.
Those salespeople love to catch us with a "good deal." But more often than not these sales feature bad products at great prices or good products that aren't actually at their lowest price. Often heading into Amazon's Gold Box deals page can take a lot of guessing and filtering through a lot of fake reviews and exaggerated "sale" prices to find a good deal. We're always on the hunt for a good deal, which is why we track the prices of our favorite products so we know when they're actually at the lowest price, so you can feel good about not getting scammed. Today, we found some great deals on coffee mugs and kitchen knives and some good deals on wireless chargers and robot vacuums.
Amazon employs a multi-level e-commerce strategy. Amazon started by focusing on business-to-consumer relationships between itself and its customers and business-to-business relationships between itself and its suppliers and then moved to facilitate customer-to-customer with the Amazon marketplace which acts as an intermediary to facilitate transactions. The company lets anyone sell nearly anything using its platform. In addition to an affiliate program that lets anyone post-Amazon links and earn a commission on click-through sales, there is now a program which lets those affiliates build entire websites based on Amazon's platform.
Shopping for a new tablet that's not too pricey? Amazon has the Fire HD 10 tablet on sale for $119.99. Normally, this tablet sells for $149.99, so that's a savings of $30 off. It packs a 10.1-inch 1080p Full HD display, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage which is expandable up to 256GB. You also get unlimited storage for Amazon content so you won't have to worry about running out of space. With Alexa-hands-free functionality built-in, the Fire HD 10 lets you call mom, play your favorite songs, and even order pizza using just your voice. With over 10 hours of battery life, this tablet gives you all day performance when you're on the go. Read, browse the Web, watch videos, and listen to music without interruption.
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The Amazon sales rank (ASR) provides an indication of the popularity of a product sold on any Amazon locale. It is a relative indicator of popularity that is updated hourly. Effectively, it is a "best sellers list" for the millions of products stocked by Amazon. While the ASR has no direct effect on the sales of a product, it is used by Amazon to determine which products to include in its bestsellers lists. Products that appear in these lists enjoy additional exposure on the Amazon website and this may lead to an increase in sales. In particular, products that experience large jumps (up or down) in their sales ranks may be included within Amazon's lists of "movers and shakers"; such a listing provides additional exposure that might lead to an increase in sales. For competitive reasons, Amazon does not release actual sales figures to the public. However, Amazon has now begun to release point of sale data via the Nielsen BookScan service to verified authors. While the ASR has been the source of much speculation by publishers, manufacturers, and marketers, Amazon itself does not release the details of its sales rank calculation algorithm. Some companies have analyzed Amazon sales data to generate sales estimates based on the ASR, though Amazon states:
CamelCamelCamel is a price comparison platform for Amazon. Customers can look through great deals that motivate them into an impulse purchase. The website lists the current price, the average price from various sellers and the list price to show customers the deal they’re getting from buying the product on Amazon. It also features product price drops which can be valuable for store owners looking to get a competitive edge. The great thing about this comparison shopping engine is that if you want to compare amazon prices, you’ll also be presented with “3rd Party New” and “3rd Party Used” product prices, so that you can find the best deals online. That’s why, if you’re looking for a fast Amazon price check, CamelCamelCamel is the right comparison shopping engine for you.
Shelfari was a social cataloging website for books. Shelfari users built virtual bookshelves of the titles which they owned or had read and they could rate, review, tag and discuss their books. Users could also create groups that other members could join, create discussions and talk about books, or other topics. Recommendations could be sent to friends on the site for what books to read. Amazon bought the company in August 2008. Shelfari continued to function as an independent book social network within the Amazon until January 2016, when Amazon announced that it would be merging Shelfari with Goodreads and closing down Shelfari.
The company has also invested in a number of growing firms, both in the United States and Internationally. In 2014, Amazon purchased top level domain .buy in auction for over $4 million. The company has invested in brands that offer a wide range of services and products, including Engine Yard, a Ruby-on-Rails platform as a service company, and Living Social, a local deal site.
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.
Dell Home, via its Member Purchase Program, offers its Dell XPS Tower Intel Coffee Lake Core i5 2.8GHz 6-Core Gaming Desktop PC in Black for $666.39 with free shipping. That's $134 off list, $34 under last month's mention, and the lowest price we've seen. (It's also $34 cheaper than what Dell charges via its eBay and Walmart third-party stores.) Deal ends October 30 at 8 am ET. Features include:
So what's worth buying? Well, you can't go wrong with the second generation of the flagship Echo, which we named the best overall Alexa device. It's got great sound quality, can hear you well, and has interchangeable "skins" so you can match any decor. The Fire TV Stick, while it's not our top pick for streaming devices, is perfect to add to less-used rooms like guest rooms and garages, especially when it's on sale. But, realistically, every Echo has the same Alexa software inside it, and every Fire TV gives you access to the Amazon streaming platform, so go with the one that speaks to you, your needs, and your budget.
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.
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.