In September 2017, Amazon announced plans to locate a second headquarters in a metropolitan area with at least a million people. Cities needed to submit their presentations by October 19, 2017 for the project called HQ2. The $5 billion second headquarters, starting with 500,000 square feet and eventually expanding to as much as 8 million square feet, may have as many as 50,000 employees. In 2017, Amazon announced it would build a new downtown Seattle building with space for Mary's Place, a local charity in 2020.
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.
Amazon's state sales tax collection policy has changed over the years since it did not collect any sales taxes in its early years. In the U.S., state and local sales taxes are levied by state and local governments, not at the federal level. In most countries where Amazon operates, a sales tax or value added tax is uniform throughout the country, and Amazon is obliged to collect it from all customers. Proponents of forcing Amazon.com to collect sales tax—at least in states where it maintains a physical presence—argue the corporation wields an anti-competitive advantage over storefront businesses forced to collect sales tax.
Ben’s Bargains tracks about 2,000 retailers and publishes about 150 to 200 deals daily. It includes price history data on products that have been posted before, and users can register to get deal alerts based on product, brand, store and price range. What we really like about this site is its “Cheaper Than Amazon” feature that highlights deals that are much better than what the retail giant is offering – as well as its small-business deals and freebies pages.
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.
One of the pleasures of online shopping is the ease of comparison browsing. With the online-business boom, however, there are now thousands of new stores, and a lot of confusion. Not all Web stores are equal, and hours can be lost--in the pursuit of saving time--perusing Web sites that provide scanty information or complicated procedures or both. And some Web sites turn out to be mere catalog pages and don't allow you to order at all.
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:
Tablets are super portable, making them great to do check emails, do school work, or play games on-the-go. Right now, Prime members can get $40 off the Fire HD 10 Tablet, which has a great display and Alexa built-in, making it easier than ever to pause videos and open other apps. This is $10 more than the lowest price we've ever seen for this model and we can expect this price again around Black Friday. But if you've wanted a tablet for work or school for some time now, we still think it's a great buy.
Amazon puts all of its daily deals into a Gold Box. Check the Today's Deals page to access these daily deals and get limited-time savings of up to 80% off select items, coupons to instantly clip and access to Lightning Deals. Lightning Deals are available only for a limited amount of time and have a countdown timer showing how much time is left to get the discount. Shop before the deal expires or the item sells out.