Sprint Salesman iPhone

Sprint salesman refuses to sell iPhone to customer, says his ‘fingers are too fat’ to use it

By on December 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM.

Sprint salesman refuses to sell iPhone to customer, says his ‘fingers are too fat’ to use it

We’ve known for a while now that some mobile carriers have been instructing their sales staff to start pushing their customers away from Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone and toward Android or Windows Phone devices. The reason is simple: carriers pay a lot more to subsidize Apple’s popular smartphone than they do with other devices and they’d prefer to have higher gross margins at the end of each quarter. But now a Tom’s Hardware reader reports that a Sprint (S) representative has taken pushing non-iPhone products to a whole new level and is actually insulting people who insist on buying the device. More →

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Online Shopping Discounts

Online retailers caught using ‘discriminatory’ practices to target shopping discounts

By on December 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM.

Online retailers caught using ‘discriminatory’ practices to target shopping discounts

With online shopping on the rise every year, it’s no surprise retailers are resorting to sketchy tactics to decide how to dole out discounts. According to the The Wall Street Journal’s research, online retailers including Staples, Orbitz and Home Depot are all guilty of using “discriminatory” information such as location and income to decide how much of a discount an online shopper will receive. More →

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Google Denies Retailer Ambitions

Google has no plans to compete directly with Amazon; wants to become retailers’ ‘best tech friend’

By on December 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM.

Google has no plans to compete directly with Amazon; wants to become retailers’ ‘best tech friend’

Google’s (GOOG) $17 million BufferBox acquisition last month raised the possibility that it was eyeing a chance to compete with Amazon (AMZN) on the e-commerce front. But Sameer Samat, vice president of Google Shopping, told AllThingsD this week that his company doesn’t have plans of “being a retailer right now.” Samat says the BufferBox buyout was to “provide a level playing field for retailers” against Amazon, or as AllThingsD puts it, Google wants to become a “retailer’s best tech friend.” Samat says Google is working to bring new features such as 360-degree product views to Google Shopping to help consumers get a better sense of what an item looks like. It’s important to note that Samat says that becoming a retailer is not the right move “right now,” which leaves Google open to becoming one further down the road.

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iPhone 5

iPhone 5 now just $149.99 at Best Buy, iPhone 4S starts at $49.99

By on December 10, 2012 at 7:40 AM.

iPhone 5 now just $149.99 at Best Buy, iPhone 4S starts at $49.99

The holiday shopping rush has already peaked this year, and so now retailers are tasked with attracting the interest of last-minute shoppers. Best Buy (BBY) has a number of deals available right now, but one in particular stands out: The retailer is chopping $50 off the price of all on-contact Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S models. With this limited-time sale, buyers can get the iPhone 5 (16GB) for as little as $149.99 with a new two-year service agreement, and the iPhone 4S (16GB) starts at just $49.99. Best Buy has not indicated when the sale on Apple smartphones will end.

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Cyber Monday 2012 Sales

Cyber Monday sales climb to record $2 billion

By on November 27, 2012 at 7:45 AM.

Cyber Monday sales climb to record $2 billion

Online retail e-commerce spending topped $1 billion for the first time on Black Friday 2012, and now estimates suggest Cyber Monday sales set new records as well this year. Adobe on Tuesday revealed that according to estimates derived from its Adobe Dig­i­tal Index, online shopping on November 26th — Cyber Monday — grew 17% from last year to hit $1.98 billion, approaching $2 billion for the first time. More →

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iPad Online Shopping

Apple’s iPad dominated mobile holiday shopping this past weekend

By on November 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM.

Apple’s iPad dominated mobile holiday shopping this past weekend

The iPad isn’t just the most popular tablet in the world right now, it’s also the most popular way to do your early holiday shopping on a mobile device as well. AllThingsD reports that new data released from IBM (IBM) shows that Apple’s (AAPL) iPad accounted for “nearly 10 percent of online shopping” traffic over the weekend, generating “more traffic than any other tablet or smartphone” among online shoppers. The iPhone came in second place with 8.7% of all online shopping traffic, followed by Android-based devices, which accounted for just 5.5% of all online shopping traffic.

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Black Friday Sales 2012

Black Friday sales top $1 billion online, Cyber Monday expected to set record

By on November 26, 2012 at 7:50 AM.

Black Friday sales top $1 billion online, Cyber Monday expected to set record

For the first time in history, online retail e-commerce spending on November 23rd — Black Friday — topped $1 billion this year, according to market research firm comScore. The company says online retail purchases totaled $13.7 billion in the United States during the first 23 days of the holiday shopping season, capped off by a $1.042 billion Black Friday binge. That figure is up 26% from the $816 million spent online on Black Friday last year, and Thanksgiving Day spending jumped 32% to $633 million from $479 million in 2011. ComScore also said that it estimates Cyber Monday online e-commerce spending to top $1.5 billion, up 20% from 2011. More →

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iPhone 5 Refurbished

iPhone 5 now starts at $99 as refurbished units hit AT&T website

By on November 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

iPhone 5 now starts at $99 as refurbished units hit AT&T website

Apple’s (AAPL) popular iPhone 5 is now available starting at just $99 from AT&T (T) as refurbished units reach the carrier’s website for the first time. Though Apple hasn’t even offered factory repaired iPhone 5 handsets for sale yet, AT&T now has refurbished models of all sizes in both black and white. Each reconditioned version of the latest iPhone is available for $100 off standard retail pricing, dropping the price of the 16GB model to just $99 while the 32GB model is $199 and the 64GB iPhone 5 costs $299. As 9to5Mac notes, it is unclear if this is a limited time promotion from AT&T or if the carrier will offer refurbished iPhone 5 units regularly moving forward. BGR reviewed the iPhone 5 in September and called it Apple’s best iPhone yet. We then revisited the sleek smartphone last month and said that in some ways, the iPhone 5 has no competition.

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Apple Stores Sales

Apple stores clobber other retail outlets, record sales of over $6,000 per square foot

By on November 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM.

Apple stores clobber other retail outlets, record sales of over $6,000 per square foot

You can see why both Microsoft (MSFT) and Samsung (005930) want to replicate the success of Apple’s (AAPL) retail operation. According to the latest numbers from research firm RetailSails, Apple stores are by far the most efficient retail outlets in the United States, posting sales of $6,050 per square foot of store space. To put that into perspective, consider that jeweler Tiffany & Co. recorded the second-highest sales per square foot at $3017, less than half of Apple’s sales. What’s more, no other retailer in the United States recorded sales per square foot of more than $2,000, meaning that Apple’s retail operation is truly a model of efficiency that other companies can only drool over.

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Some Microsoft stores now taking Surface pre-orders

By on October 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM.

Some Microsoft stores now taking Surface pre-orders

Anyone looking to pre-order a Surface can now do so the old-fashioned way: By walking into a store and talking with a human about it. WPCentral has learned that some Microsoft (MSFT) stores and pop-up kiosks are now accepting customer pre-orders for the Surface, which is due to officially launch on October 26th. Customers who pre-order the Surface at stores get a reservation card letting them know that their tablet will be held for them and that they can pick it up at the store starting at noon on October 26th.

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Best Buy iPhone 5 preorders may not be fulfilled for another month

Best Buy iPhone 5 preorders may not be fulfilled for another month

By on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

Best Buy iPhone 5

Those who thought they would be safe preordering an iPhone 5 from Best Buy (BBY) might be in for some bad news. 9to5Mac got its hands on an internal Best Buy memo that acknowledges the company won’t be able to fulfill its iPhone 5 preorders in a timely manner due to “current inventory allocation.” So what does that mean for customers who preordered their Apple (AAPL) smartphones through Best Buy? Apparently the company plans to have all its preorders fulfilled by mid-October, or “no later than 28 days from launch.” Maybe standing outside an Apple store all night makes a little more sense than we thought. More →

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AT&T, Verizon officially out of iPhone 5 launch stock

AT&T, Verizon officially out of iPhone 5 launch stock

By on September 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM.

AT&T iPhone 5

AT&T (T) customers hungry for the iPhone 5 have officially depleted its launch stock and customers will now have to an extra week or two before their device ships. Verizon (VZ) is also apparently out of its launch stock of the iPhone 5, as it has pushed back its shipment date for the iPhone 5 to September 26th. AT&T and Verizon both sold out of their iPhone 5 launch stocks hours after Apple (AAPLannounced that it had sold out of its own stock within an hour of accepting pre-orders.

[Via 9to5Mac]

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