Online holiday shopping off to a fast start, jumps 16 percent

Americans are spending more money online this holiday shopping season. For the first 26 days of the November-December 2012 holiday season, Americans spent $16.4 billion, a 16 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a report from comScore. On “Cyber Monday,” comScore tallied $1.465 billion in online spending, up 17 percent versus year… Read More


POLL: How much will you spend online this holiday?

If you’re having trouble finding that perfect gift for family and friends, look no further than the gadget world. From the Microsoft Surface that Oprah loves to the dual-screen Nintendo Wii U to the iPad that 48 percent of kids apparently want, the options are plentiful. All of these items and more are available online, where items… Read More


Amazon’s holiday gimmick: Personalized video gift cards

What can you give when a regular old digital gift card isn’t high-tech enough? Amazon offered an answer this morning, rolling out personalized video gift cards in partnership with JibJab in advance of the holiday shopping season. The cards are based on JibJab’s “Starring You” feature, which lets users insert their own faces or those… Read More


Best Buy looks to retain customers, plans to match Amazon on price

Wal-Mart earlier this week threw down the gauntlet on, announcing that it plans to offer same-day delivery in some markets this holiday season. Now, it’s Best Buy’s turn. The electronics retailer is planning to match the prices of this holiday season, with The Wall Street Journal reporting today that the strategy is an… Read More


Bring out your dead: Startup offers $1M to ‘acqui-hire’ alums of TechStars, Y Combinator and 500 Startups

The hiring crunch for developers in the tech industry is a pain point we hear about nearly every day. Now, a San Francisco startup called Twice — that specializes in selling secondhand clothes of all things — is taking one of the more unusual approaches we’ve encountered to get developers in the door. Today, the year-old… Read More


Live from TechNW: The future of e-commerce

Team GeekWire is settled in here at the third annual TechNW forum at Seattle’s City Hall, where 360 attendees are expected today. The early morning panel was all about the future of the bustling e-commerce world that’s growing quickly — eMarketer predicts a 16.8 percent year-over-year growth this holiday season for online sales. Eric Best,… Read More


Pay too much for that TV? may make up the difference with new guarantee

A new service from could guarantee that you never overpay again for that exercise bike, digital camera or lawn mower.  The Seattle startup today unveiled a new price guarantee on over 200,000 products, allowing consumers to get cash refunds if’s price prediction algorithms incorrectly tell consumers to buy at what they believe are… Read More


Amazon to let you buy real stuff inside Kindle Fire apps

At the Kindle launch event last week, founder Jeff Bezos spoke briefly about an effort to allow consumers to purchase physical goods from within applications. Now, we’re getting the first look at how this can work on the Kindle Fire HD. Activision today said that players of the its Skylanders Cloud Patrol game will… Read More


Californians hurry up and shop, shop, shop ahead of tax deadline

There’s a bit of an e-commerce gold rush going down in California, where customers are scrambling to squeeze in some last-minute shopping before they have to start paying sales tax on Sept. 15. As The Los Angeles Times reports, the company won’t confirm whether sales in California have jumped in recent weeks. But social media… Read More


Consumer Reports for geeks: New ‘Decide Score’ uncovers the best and worst products already tells consumers when they should buy cameras, phones, refrigerators and other gadgets and appliances, analyzing price drops and increases. Now, the Seattle startup and brainchild of University of Washington computer scientist Oren Etzioni and others is getting into the recommendation business, assigning a score of 1 to 100 on more than 22,000 products… Read More

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Why gave up the sales tax fight: A new face for the ‘online’ retailer?

An interesting thing started happening last year., which for months had battled states over the collection of sales tax, began changing its tune on the issue. It started agreeing to collect sales taxes on purchases in some states where it didn’t operate physical locations, while simultaneously inking deals to bring massive warehouses (and jobs)… Read More

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Tablets surpass smartphones in e-commerce traffic

It was bound to happen. With larger, easier-to-view screens and their sheer portability, tablets have now overtaken smartphones as devices for shopping, according to Monetate, a provider of cloud-based technology for online marketers. As reported by Gigaom, tablets drove more traffic to retail sites than smartphones during the first quarter of 2012, 6.52 percent vs. smartphones 5.35… Read More


Meet the college dropout (and speed freak) running tech for Seattle’s hottest startup

Don’t let the laid-back Pacific Northwest demeanor fool you. Luke Friang is a self-described “speed freak.” Whether bombing down icy slopes on his snowboard or maneuvering through hairpin turns in a mini-racecar, Friang simply loves to move fast. And that’s why the 42-year-old college drop-out and self-taught technologist has found such a good home at… Read More


Study: Walmart stores are 20% cheaper than Amazon

We’ve been closely watching the online retail battle unfold between and Walmart. But there’s one place where Walmart is still winning the price war: brick-and-mortar retail. A study out from Kantar Retail found that Walmart Supercenters were far cheaper than both and when comparing 36 items in the categories of edible grocery;… Read More


Groupon hires ex-Amazon GM to lead Seattle office

Groupon is the latest tech giant to plant a flag in Seattle, opening an office in Seattle’s International District with room for 20 to 30 employees. The arrival of Groupon follows engineering offices from companies such as Hulu, Splunk, eBay, Facebook, Zynga and others, a trend we’ve talked about in great detail over the past… Read More

Decide11tablet_GYB_page unveils daily deal site, promises cash if prices later fall on gadgets

Prior to his appearance on the GeekWire podcast a few weeks ago, CEO Mike Fridgen hinted that the Seattle online shopping service was cooking up something new and exciting. At the time, Fridgen didn’t disclose what they were doing. But we’re now starting to get an inside look. The company, which launched a consumer electronics research site… Read More