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Online Shoppers' Big Peeve: It's Such a Pain to Pay

What really aggravates people about shopping online? Believe it or not, it's that it isn't easy enough to pay. Nearly 3 out of 5 people surveyed cited the annoyance of having to enter (and re-enter) their personal data as a major nuisance of buying on the web.

Click to Buy? Now, Click to Cheat on Your Taxes

Most people pay their taxes voluntarily, but with at least one type of tax, millions of Americans break the law every year -- and many probably never realize it. Now, states in desperate need of more revenue are trying to do something about that.

Is an Amazon Store in the Real World a Good Idea?

Soon, you might be able to buy a new Kindle at an actual, brick-and-mortar Amazon Store. The e-commerce giant is reportedly opening its first pilot store in Seattle. It's an intriguing idea, but the real question is: Why would Amazon want to?

How to Avoid 2011's Spending Traps in 2012

In 2011, shoppers were hot -- sometimes too hot -- for bargains, and a little too sensitive to the day's financial news. Savings gurus Jean Chatzky and JB Orecchia weigh in on the year's major spending pitfalls, and how to dodge them in 2012.

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.

Why Are Google and Amazon Fighting?

Google and Amazon.com have to stop meeting like this. The two tech darlings are growing into fierce competitors with every new chapter in their quests for consumer domination. The latest page of this low-key yet high-stakes saga finds Google potentially going after Amazon's Prime loyalty shopping program.

10 Companies That Owe Amazon a Big 'Thank You'

Amazon's holidays are off to a great start, but with its stock trading north of 100 times earnings, AMZN shares could be the one thing you don't want to buy from the online retailer. Instead, consider these companies that are riding on the coattails of the online shopping boom.

Target Debuts 'Almost Last Minute' Holiday Sale

Retailers are finding ways to put a fresh spin on the classic limited-time sale this holiday season. Target's latest effort -- the Almost Last Minute Sale. From Dec. 8 to Dec. 11, it will offer discounts on items from its most popular gift categories in stores and online.

Online Shopping Problem? Please Hold for a Human

Millions of holiday shoppers aiming to avoid the crowds are headed online. But not all retailers do e-commerce with ease -- especially if you have questions and need help from a customer service representative. Which chains respond fast -- and which don't? We have the answers.

To Save Money Shopping Online, Play Hard to Get

If you shop online, chances are you've left a few full shopping carts at the checkout altar. To combat that, some e-commerce sites are starting to follow up on those almost-sales with emails -- and offers of better deals.

How Your Facebook Wall Could Become an Online Mall

Ah, Facebook: It's where you banter with "friends," share vacation photos and "like" everything from candy bars to political parties -- so why not shop there, too? Now, retailers are making it easier to do just that.

Walmart.com Is Downloading Into the Shopping Mall

A pair of Walmart.com stores have opened in two California shopping malls. The stores are tiny, but stock some hot items for the holiday season, and boast a fleet of laptops that customers can use to browse the virtual aisles of Walmart.com. It's a smart move for Walmart, but it begs the question: What were the mall landlords thinking?

Walmart's Holiday Price-Match Offer Is Just a Gimmick

From Nov. 1 until Christmas, Walmart says it will match prices with its rivals retroactively. Buy now, and if anyone advertises an identical product for a better price, go back to Walmart and claim a refund for the difference. But of course there's a catch -- more than one, in fact.

Fake Product-Review Sites: How Buyers Can Beware

Shoppers looking for advice from their fellow consumers have a tough enough time sifting out the false reviews posted on legitimate product-review sites. But there's a worse problem out there online: "Nefarious" websites entirely devoted to promoting merchandise with fake reviews.

Toys R Us Plays Up Exclusives for Holidays

Toys R Us took the wrapping paper off its strategy to "win" this Christmas season, unveiling a raft of exclusive merchandise, such as new toy line Moshi Monsters, based on the online children's game, and a beefed up e-commerce operation to better serve shoppers.

Can Best Buy's New Marketplace Poach Amazon's Sales?

Best Buy is taking its best shot at stealing some online market share from Amazon.com with a completely new service meant to challenge the world's largest e-commerce company. Best Buy Marketplace will substantially increase the number of products available at the Best Buy website.

New Tool Helps Find Best Deals on College Textbooks

When it comes to buying textbooks, the options have been slim: Pay high prices at the campus bookstore, or search hither and yon to track down used books. Now, a new startup called SwoopThat is changing that with a robust comparison shopping tool that does for textbooks what sites like Kayak.com have done for air travel.

Nordstrom.com Offers Unconditional Free Shipping, Returns

While Nordstrom has yet to find a suitable location in New York City, online shoppers can now get any item delivered for free. On Monday, Nordstrom announced it will offer free shipping and returns for all U.S. orders -- making it the first department store chain to do so.

Fashion Forward: eBay to Open Virtual Outlet Mall

In September, EBay plans to open an online outlet store with products from Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Spanx and Bluefly. It could help the company grow, but it's another step away from its madcap auctioneer roots. Is eBay becoming boring?

Keeping Your Credit Card Numbers Safe

With all the hackers in the headlines, you might be feeling more hesitant to offer up your credit card numbers while doing your online shopping. Virtual credit-card numbers, provided by many banks and credit-card issuers for free, can help. Here's how to use them -- and why you should still remain vigilant about checking your account if you do.

Nike's Direct Sales Poised to Grow in Emerging Markets

Nike is already the global leader in the athletic footwear, apparel and equipment business, and globally is where its future growth lies. Its online sales have surged, and with increasing Internet penetration in emerging markets, Trefis sees more impressive online sales growth ahead.

What Americans Just Won't Give Up to Save Money

The U.S. economy is still sputtering, and household budgets are still under pressure. So where are we cutting: Fancy coffee? Check. Eating out? You bet. But there are a few things that once would have been considered luxuries the recent poll shows Americans just aren't willing to do without.