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Decide.com unveils daily deal site, promises cash if prices later fall on gadgets

Prior to his appearance on the GeekWire podcast a few weeks ago, Decide.com 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

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Zumiez moving e-commerce operations across country, 70 people affected by shift

The Seattle region’s exports of hoodies and longboards are about to decline substantially. Zumiez, the specialty retailer known for sports apparel and equipment, announced this morning that it will be moving its e-commerce fulfillment operations from its headquarters in Everett, Wash., north of Seattle, to Edwardsville, Kansas, in May. The company says the move will… Read More

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Amazon opens sports collectibles store, with signed items from Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and other greats

Just in time for the Super Bowl, Amazon.com is rolling out its latest game plan in e-commerce. The company today announced a new Sports Collectibles Store where sports fanatics can purchase everything from autographed baseballs to signed soccer cleats. The site allows shoppers to browse by professional sports — NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL —… Read More

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A huge haul: U.S. online holiday spending tops $35B

Online retailers raked in some big bucks this holiday season, with comScore today releasing a report showing that e-commerce spending hit $35.3 billion for the first 56 days of November and December. That’s a 15 percent increase over the holiday shopping season last year, and it marks the biggest tally ever. Interestingly, the biggest jump… Read More

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Is Amazon.com the new grinch?

Walmart used to be the menace of main street. But now, small mom-and-pop retailers (along with their big box brethren) have a new punching bag: Amazon.com. The Seattle online retailer has been taking it on the chin this holiday season after releasing a new mobile application that encouraged shoppers to check out goods at brick-and-mortar… Read More

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Online retail sales surge 26% on Black Friday: Amazon ranks as most visited site

Online retailers are supposed to get their big boost on Cyber Monday — the first Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. But Amazon.com performed pretty well on Black Friday, a day historically associated with bricks-and-mortar retailing. According to a new study from comScore, Amazon.com was the most visited retail site on Black Friday. In total,… Read More

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Chart: The most visited retail sites on Thanksgiving Day

Americans not only chowed down on turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving Day. They also visited their favorite online retailers. According to a new study by Hitwise, total visits to the top 500 retail Web sites increased by nine percent on Thanksgiving Day to 176 million visits. Walmart received 24.8 million visits, making it the most… Read More

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Holiday e-commerce sales are already off to a very fast start

Americans appear to be a giving mood this holiday season — at least when it comes to buying items on online retail sites. comScore announced today that it expects e-commerce spending to grow by 15 percent this year, part of a “significant channel shift” from bricks-and-mortar retail to online retail. In fact, comScore’s report indicates… Read More

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Zoomingo zooms ahead with $1.3M from Benaroya Capital

A few weeks ago, we told you the story about Zoomingo, the new mobile application from serial entrepreneur Shirish Nadkarni. The idea? Transform the way shoppers discover discounts on clothing, jewelry, handbags and other items at local retail establishments. Today, the Seattle upstart is announcing that it has secured $1.3 million in financing from Benaroya Capital,… Read More

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Amazon.com starts holidays with Black Friday deals, toy list

It’s barely November, but Amazon.com has just rolled out two of its holiday traditions — the digital equivalent of decorating the store with lights before Thanksgiving even gets here. The company this morning debuted its 2011 Holiday Toy List, its curated collection of the most popular toys, games, electronics, movies and other items. Be forewarned… Read More

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Amazon patents gift cards that can tattle on what you buy

Happy Birthday! Here’s the Creepiest Gift Card Ever! U.S. Patent & Trademark Office records show that Amazon today received a patent on something called “customizing gift instrument experiences for recipients.” Yeah, it sounds OK from the title. But digging into the text, the approach includes the option for the giver to not only recommend items via… Read More

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Amazon unit expands into groceries, selling tea to jam

In Seattle, Amazon.com customers have long been able to purchase groceries and have them delivered to the doorstep. Now, the company’s Quidsi unit — best known for its Soap.com and Diapers.com brands — is making its own grocery push. However, unlike Amazon Fresh, Quidsi’s new service will not include its own delivery trucks and its… Read More

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Exclusive: Hands-on with Amazon Locker, now working

We’ve had fun tracking the appearance of Amazon Lockers around the Seattle region over the past few weeks, and this week I stumbled across an intriguing option in my Amazon.com address book — allowing me to “search for a locker location” to add as a shipping destination. So I did it. And it worked! The company… Read More

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Amazon goes sci-fi with latest book publishing arm, 47North

Amazon.com this morning moved further into the world of book publishing, beyond its traditional sales and distribution business, with the announcement of its seventh publishing imprint, 47North, focused on science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles. 47North is starting with a coup, announcing that it’s publishing the ”The Mongoliad: Book One,” the first in the collaborative five-book Foreworld… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: MyArtMatch is like Pandora for artwork

Pandora transformed the way people listen to music, creating personalized stations based on the listening habits of users. Now, MyArtMatch founder and CEO Bruce Worrall wants to do the same for art. Worrall’s 10-month-old Bellevue startup is launching this week, creating a new way for people to discover and purchase artwork. We chatted with the 48-year-old… Read More

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Amazon.com reaches truce in California sales tax battle

Amazon.com has made a tentative agreement with California lawmakers to resolve a battle over sales taxes on online purchases in the state, according to multiple reports this morning. Under the agreement, Amazon will drop its push to repeal an online sales tax in the state, and agree to begin collecting sales taxes from sales to… Read More