online retail

What Price Will Retailers Charge You Online? -- Savings Experiment

One of the best things about shopping online was how easy the Web made it to compare prices so you could be sure you were getting the best deals. Not anymore: Now, many companies are using your personal data to decide what prices to offer you for their products.

Walmart Tests Limited Same-Day Delivery of Online Orders

Walmart is testing same-day delivery of televisions, toys and other general merchandise bought online in a few U.S. markets as it tries to find new ways to keep up with competitors and to attract busy shoppers this holiday season.

The Year's Worst of the Worst in Online Merchants

The whole concept of online commerce hinges on convenience, particularly during the frantic holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, some well-known Web merchants left consumers seriously dissatisfied in the past year.

US Online Holiday Shopping Climbs 15% to $30.9 Billion

U.S. shoppers spent 15 percent more in online holiday buying compared to last year, after what may have been the busiest week of the season, said research firm comScore on Sunday. Shoppers have spent $30.9 billion online from Nov. 1 through Dec. 16, up from $26.9 billion at the same point last year, said the Reston, Va., company, which tracks Web use.

Green Monday a Boon For Online Shopping

Watch out, Cyber Monday: Green Monday is gaining traction with shoppers. Consumers flexed their thumb-shopping muscles on Dec. 12, Green Monday -- the second Monday in December that's become another big day for online holiday shopping.

Cheap Knockoffs Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

We all know that buying a fake Fendi is "bad" to the degree that selling such goods is illegal, and they hurt the companies whose good are being copied, and the economy overall. But it turns out that knockoffs are problematic in many other ways as well: Buying them can put your health and your money at risk.

Retail Earnings: Can the Uptrend Continue?

After a holiday season that marked a return to some form of normalcy, merchants are bracing for a year of mild sales growth and more stable operations. Whether that momentum holds is an open question, given the state of the housing and job markets.

Groupon CFO Jason Child: 'I Don't See Any Limits'

Although he says he's "not exactly certain what" Groupon's appeal is, Jason Child has plenty of possibilities. And he's certain that even give the online coupon company's explosive growth, there plenty of room for further expansion. But don't expect an IPO anytime soon.

Why Amazon Is a Stock for Investors With Patience

The online retail giant functions like two stocks: One is speculative and volatile, with unusually high valuations -- and high demands for returns. The other is for long-term investors, who get rewarded for buying and holding with capital gains and consistent growth.

Amazon's 'Most Popular' and 'Most Wished-For' for 2010

A lot of music fans this year asked for Taylor Swift (pictured) but got Susan Boyle, while some Inception fans probably got Blind Side-ed. Otherwise, people pretty much got what they wanted in 2010, according to an Amazon (AMZN) poll released on Dec. 30.

Where Shopping Is Going Strong: Online

ComScore reports online retail spending rose 9% year-over-year in the third quarter. Such positive growth -- the fourth straight quarter of increasing cyberspending -- going into the fourth quarter could bode well for the upcoming holiday shopping season.

Overreaching in a Sales Tax Battle With Amazon

A district court has ruled that if the state wants to collect sales tax from its residents, it can ask Amazon for the information it needs, but no more. By asking for detailed info about residents' purchases, the court said North Carolina went too far.

Hot Tweet: Amazon Buys Woot

Woot, the online retailer that pioneered the idea of one hot sale a day, signed an agreement with online retailer Amazon to become an independent subsidiary of the much-larger company.

Inside Wall Street: Why Vitacost Is a Healthy Online Retail Play

Vitacost.com is a relatively tiny online retailer that's been battling with giants such as Amazon, Walmart), and GNC. Even so, Vitacost is a leading pure play in Internet retailing and direct marketing of health and wellness products, such as vitamins and dietary supplements.

The Blizzard Helps Online Sales to a Record

Last weekend's East Coast blizzard caused many last-minute shoppers to stay home, pushing the final week of online holiday sales to a new record of $4.8 billion: an 11 percent increase over 2008. The 2009 online holiday shopping season saw sales of $25.5 billion overall, a 4 percent gain over last year.

What's it worth to you?

A new site called Ztail that claims to answer the question: What's it worth? The site provides the answer in several forms: the list price at several...