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Amazon Exclusives is a virtual pop-up shop for boutique buys

Amazon Exclusives is a virtual pop-up shop for boutique buys

Amazon may already be the online big box retailer of choice for many, but Jeff Bezos & Co. are hoping to be your boutique option too, with the launch of Amazon Exclusives. Designed to highlight new and niche products, including those successfully pitched on hit TV show Shark Tank, the new storefront promises a more curated catalog than the regular Amazon shelves. The initial line-up is pretty eclectic, too, spanning designer portable power chargers through Olloclip add-on lenses to shoes, with the promise that there are very few other places you can find such items if you're interested.

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Somewhere in Japan, a drone is delivering shoes

Somewhere in Japan, a drone is delivering shoes

Drones are still finding their way in our world. Though they’re really fun, and cool, some don’t use them for good. People fly them at planes, or intrude on the privacy of others. The FAA is considering grounding drones for consumer use, or at least severely restricting their use. Still, there are good applications for drones. Shoe delivery might not be the most efficient way to use a drone, but it sure is cool. To celebrate ten years in Japan, Crocs are being delivered to shoppers via drone.

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Target just undercut Amazon on free shipping for online orders

Target just undercut Amazon on free shipping for online orders

When you think online shopping, we bet you don’t really consider Target. The big-box retailer might be your go-to for — well, everything ever — but when you’re shopping online, you’re likely looking to Amazon. That might change, though, as Target just stepped up their online shopping game in a big way. Now, all orders of $25 or more ship for free. That’s $10 less than Amazon’s threshold, and half of Walmart’s $50 minimum purchase amount for free shipping. Target is also offering free returns.

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Amazon Prime subscription priced at $72 today only

Amazon Prime subscription priced at $72 today only

In honor of the Golden Globes Awards marking their 72nd year, and original series Transparent earning two wins, Amazon is offering a one-year membership to its Prime service for only $72, down from the usual $99. The only catch is that is that the sale is for today, Saturday, January 24th, only. Previous to this promotion, Amazon has rarely offered Prime at discount prices, unless it comes bundled with other Amazon purchases, so it's a great deal if you've been on the fence about becoming a member. Read on to find out how existing Prime members can still take advantage of the deal!

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Walmart begins giving credit in exchange for unwanted gift cards

Walmart begins giving credit in exchange for unwanted gift cards

Immediately following the year's largest gift-giving holiday, Walmart has launched a new service where it will accept your unwanted gift cards from other retailers, and give you a Walmart gift card instead. What better way to take advantage of a time when people are trying to figure out what to do with gift credit to places they don't really shop. Walmart's new website for the program is actually in partnership with CardCash, which already offers to buy and sell unwanted gift cards.

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IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one undercurrent is noticeable: shopping. Though most stores are shut for the day, we can still go online, and we’ve likely got a series of gift cards in-hand which give us license to buy. In our mobile world, location doesn’t matter much, either. Great apps from retailers mean the mobile shopping experience is often better than on the desktop, and the latest numbers from IBM reflect as much, showing mobile shopping traffic is on the rise.

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Forget something? Here are 5 last minute gift ideas

Forget something? Here are 5 last minute gift ideas

The holidays are a time for giving, spending time with family, and taking a step back to reflect on your year while plotting a course for the one that lies ahea — uh oh, you forgot someone. Sometimes you realize it while typing an opening line for an article, or driving to grandma’s house for dinner. Cousin who-cares is going to be there, and you don’t want to leave them out. What do you do? Don’t worry, even though it’s last minute, you still have options.

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Amazon Prime Now delivers in hours, not days

Amazon Prime Now delivers in hours, not days

Two days? That’s a long time. Instead, how about two hours? Amazon is upping their delivery game with Amazon Prime Now, an accelerated version of their already popular Prime scheme. The quick delivery program is currently rolling out in one of the only places it really could, Manhattan, with no other cities being announced just yet. The two hour delivery is also free, and offers an even faster delivery time of one hour for a charge. For the impatient, Amazon is making all deliveries a bit more like pizza delivery.

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Amazon’s new ‘Make an Offer’ lets you bid on some items

Amazon’s new ‘Make an Offer’ lets you bid on some items

Amazon has bestowed upon its shoppers a new feature to make private "bids" on items sold through third-party vendors on the website. Called "Make an Offer", the feature allows customers interested in an item to privately offer the seller less than the listed amount, which the seller can then either accept or decline, or alternatively can reply to with a counter offer. The feature is limited for now, but will become an option on thousands of items starting next year.

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Amazon’s big box is back; part of ‘new program’

Amazon’s big box is back; part of ‘new program’

Amazon’s box is back. Earlier this year, the company had a big Amazon box that turned out to be nothing more than a promotional deal with Nissan, but sent us into a fit trying to figure out what Amazon was up to. A Re/Code editor has spotted a similar box in San Francisco this morning, part of a “new program” Amazon will begin promoting next week. Five of these boxes are said to be around the US, likely in big cities, but what could they be?

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