This week Facebook will be introducing a new feature to the social network called Deals, which will be rolled out to five US cities in the next few days.
Numerous online retailers, like auctioning website eBay and group discount service Groupon, have always set time limits before the offers or products are no longer available. However, Swedish retailer Papercut has taken this idea to a whole new level with Speedsale, which only gives customers a matter of seconds before they need to decide to buy an item.
The retailer presents a series of products in quick succession and the customers then have around four seconds to decide if they want to buy or not before the item is "swept away". It doesn't sound that dissimilar to other services until you find that you can't click on items you've already seen to purchase them and oh did we mention that there's crazy, frantic background music playing while you decide!
Google has recently added improved functionality to its Commerce Search product, which promises to make online shopping easier for customers and more efficient for retailers.
The third generation Google Commerce Search adds a Google Instant-style search bar to participating stores, meaning it'll be so much quicker and easier for customers to find exactly what it is they're looking for.
There'll also be integration with Google Maps which can then provide customers with specific information about product availability within their local stores if they'd rather go pick the products up in person.
Online shopping has admittedly become a lot easier and more accessible than it was a few years ago, but it's still sometimes really confusing to make a purchase online with all the different options that are available and the often poor user experience.
Hopefully Google's improvements will make a big difference to the way we shop online and it's a good sign that brands such as L'Occitane and Forever21 are already signed up to become Google's retail partners.
Via The Google Blog.
As every woman knows, there are a million brands of mascara, all promising different results: longer, fatter, sexier, volumized, separated, stronger, healthier...
We picked the Japanese Fairy Drops to review, not just because of the cool name, but the unique, arched brush with, umm, "clumps."
These clumps serve to curl the lashes and dispense the mascara evenly. One swipe and we looked natural and ready for a picnic. Two applications and we were ready to go clubbing. Three, and we looked positively vampish!
You can buy it at Japan LA for $22 but they're currently sold out or the main site, Fairy Drops.
We were a very popular techy Santa this year, mostly because of Hoodie Buddies, a sweatshirt with built in ear plugs. Where was this when were in High School? The garments connect with your music device and allow you to listen to music via embedded headphones on the ends of the drawstrings.Needless to say, it was a popular gift with all the teens.
Hoodie Buddies new sister line, InSound, uses the same HB3 technology but in more fashion- forward styles of sweatshirts, such as reversible models ,a "Slickster Black Hoodie" which looks like leathette, a snappy flannel tunic, and a Lux Henly version. Amazingly, they are machine washable, but line dry.
The prices range from $49 for the "standard issue" up to $72 for the black and white flannel.
For most of us, our favorite look is a pair of great-fitting jeans and a comfortable but stylish tee. For me, that translates to 7 For All Mankind denim and a Jenny B rockin' v-neck shirt, made from the softest cotton.
Jenny Brawley,a former advertising executive, is a So Cal Native, which shows in the laid-back styles. But pair one of the burnout tanks with an attached wrap/scraf with your good jeans, and pair of stilettos, and you're ready to go clubbing.
Celebs like AnnaLynn McCord, Paula Abdul and Khloe Kardashian have flocked to the line.
Your favorite look - just taken up a notch.
$38 and up at Jenny B.
Me: I sure wish the iPad had a real keyboard. Maybe I need a real keyboard attachment.
Other Me: But the iPad is an entertainment device, not meant to replace your laptop. This is what you always say to iPad naysayers.
Me: But if I had a real keyboard, then I could, in a pinch, do some work on it and send long, rambling emails without all those typos.
Other Me: What you're describing is a laptop, and you have one.
Me: How about one of those iPad cases with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard?
Other Me: Heavy to carry around. I thought you liked the sleekness of the iPad, the fact that you can carry it in your handbag.
Me: True. Sigh. The iPad itself is heavy enough as it is, even with no case. But I tried this one case with a real keyboard and it works great as a stand for watching movies. And in a pinch, I can . . .
Other Me: Hmm, right.
Juicy Couture new product is putting a fresh coat of paint on the old picnic theme. Available for pre-order, the Staycation Kit has everything you need to have a fun day at the park. The kit comes in a logo-themed leather tote bag that contains two mp3 speakers. There's also cutlery, dishes, and tumblers which are diswasher safe. There's even a blanket and cloth napkins that are machine washable.
The speaker dimensions are 12"H x 13"W x 6"D. There's no word on the wattage, so the sound quality is anyone's guess. The kit is available for $248. Just like the tagline says it's "everything you need to take your beau or bestie out for a picnic."
Not that we want you to postpone your holiday shopping any more than you already have, gulp. But this is just a friendly reminder that Thursday, December 17, is Free Shipping Day!
Free Shipping Day is, duh, the day when online merchants, some 700 of them, will ship your orders for free and vow to get them delivered by December 24.
Thanks to Consumer Reports, which kindly provides details here.
The holidays are coming up and you're eager to find the perfect gadget as a gift to someone special or yourself. The problem is with all the different brand names, specifications, price differences, and hype, how do you find the right product for the job? Let's face it, tech can be expensive and there's nothing worse than shelling out hundreds of dollars on the a piece of equipment that you either don't know how to use or worse is the absolute wrong product for the job.
There's a new search engine that can make the decision-making process a little easier. Measy is a website that helps the not-so-tech savvy locate the correct gizmo. The site is pretty simple to use. Choose the type of gadget you're shopping for (smartphone, digital camera, etc.) and you're given a quick quiz that narrows down your choices. If you're looking for a smartphone, you'll be asked about budget, texting, and carrier and their level of importance.Through the process of elimination, Measy picks the best device based on your answers.
The site displays general specs and features of each product. There are also links to reviews from reputable tech sites to help bolster the choice and give you a little reassurance so when you go into the store you know exactly what you want. That way you won't part with more money than necessary because a smarmy salesperson sold you more gadget than you actually need.
Measy is currently in beta, so the amount of products to choose from in some categories is a little small, but hopefully with a little more time and elbow grease, the site can be a go-to resource when shopping for tech.
Via Mobile Crunch
Finding a good sample sale is has to be like hunting prey in the wild. It's illusive, secretive, and gone in a flash. You have to keep your ear to the ground and be willing to hit the pavement at a moment's notice, but once you've found one and saved bundles on that designer purchase, you leave feeling like a mighty lioness ruler of all she surveys. Okay i might be taking it a little far, but there's something crazy thrilling about sample sales.
Online shopping community ideeli, packages that excite and sends it to your inbox daily. The online sample sale site has been up and running since 2007, hawking designer wares in limited-time sales to fiscally-minded fashionistas. A members-only site, you have to receive an invite to play in this arena of shopping champions. And while it may seem counterproductive to have a closed community of shoppers, it seems to be paying off. According to TechCrunch, ideeli has just raised 20 million in funding to keep their members decked out in the exclusive fashions we love so well.
In addition to the big payday, ideeli has also reached the million member mark. Kudos, to ideeli and sites like it that realize that just because we're living in a recession doesn't mean wie have to dress like it.Id