3M Reinvents Bubble Wrap, Promises to Reduce Shipping Materials By Half

Despite repeatedly being called out for the practice, online stores like Amazon are still occasionally getting caught shipping tiny items in comically oversized boxes. It’s wasteful, it reduces the amount of cargo a truck can carry, and it inspired 3M to redesign bubble wrap to greatly reduce the packaging needed to ship smaller items. Read More >>

Looks Like Etefy’s Gone Under

Rubbish news for impatient people: it appears the London-centric same-day grocery service Etefy has gone under. Read More >>

It’s Fun to Go to Shops

You remember the feeling. Maybe it’s been a while, but you know what it’s like to walk into a climate-controlled space (that often smells good, too), find a nice item on a shelf, hold it in your hands, hand a clerk a few quid, and walk out the door with that new thing in a bag. We don’t do that enough any more, and that’s a shame, because you know what? It’s fun to go to shops. Read More >>

Report: Almost Nobody Is Using Amazon’s Alexa to Actually Buy Stuff

Amazon may have sold millions of Echoes and other devices equipped with its voice-controlled Alexa smart assistant partially in the hopes that it could nudge users into letting an upbeat voice convince them to buy more crap. But it doesn’t appear to be working, according to a report in the Information on Monday. Read More >>

I’m Starting to Have Serious Doubts About Amazon Prime

My own personal Amazon Prime day is in a week. It’s not the day that Amazon puts a lot of random crap on sale. (That’s in approximately two weeks.) My day is when Amazon will charge me £79 for another year of membership. That’s £30 more than what I paid five years ago, when I signed up for a free trial of Prime and forgot to cancel it. This year, I think I might bow out. Read More >>

10 Ways Shopping Online Sucks and How to Fix Them

Not so long ago, being able to click a button and have the goods of your choice delivered to your front door in a day (or less) would have seemed like some kind of black magic—but as convenient as online shopping is, it does come with its own set of frustrations and problems. Here’s how to fix the most common ones. Read More >>

How to Break Your Amazon Prime Addiction

Everyone has a Prime account now, don’t they? It’s become almost an afterthought—a utility bill paid once a year (or once a month) in return for fast delivery, a Netflix clone, a Kindle lending library, and some other bits and pieces. But is Prime such a no-brainer? Maybe you’re tired of paying the richest man in the world, or you’re eager to cut the cord that tethers you to the Amazon machine. Maybe you’ve become a monthly fee addict and are ready to break free. Whatever your reason, here’s how to move on from Amazon Prime. Read More >>

The Very Worst Deals of Black Friday 

Yesterday was Black Friday, and the internet was chock-full of deals. Deals for days! (As long as that day is Black Friday.) Some deals were good! A Kindle is A-F-F-O-R-D-A-B-L-E. Other deals, however, weren’t very appealing. Deals like these... Read More >>

What’s the Weirdest Thing You’ve Ordered Online? 

You can buy almost anything online. There are lots of normal options, like shoes or groceries. But you can also order a ton of whacky shit, like a life-size statue of obese Arnold Schwarzenegger or a TaskRabbit to come stand motionless and unblinking in your kitchen while you dance around them to the music of Fleetwood Mac. Amazon will sell you a 55-gallon tub of lube! Read More >>

Twitter’s “Buy Button” is Apparently Moving Forward

Looks like Twitter's plan for an in-tweet "Buy" button is moving forward: Re/code says mobile payment company Stripe is signing up businesses interested in Twitter sales. [Re/code] Read More >>

Royal Mail Will Deliver Parcels on a Sunday Starting This Summer

A new book, Blu-ray or bill through the post on a Sunday morning? A new pilot scheme starting this summer will see Royal Mail teams deliver just that, offering late weekend parcel services for the first time. Read More >>

Get Free Delivery on Argos Purchases With Your “Online Exclusive” Deal of the Day

Buying stuff from a catalogue is great because you don't have to go to a giant hangar to sift through all the crap - and catalogues sell EVERYTHING. If you're after a lawnmower, some trainers, a shed and want to look at bras without being thrown out of a department store, catalogues are your best friend. Read More >>

Tesco’s “Click and Collect” Service is Now at Work at Rayners Lane Tube Station

If your commute takes you past Rayners Lane tube station in London, from today you'll be able to pick up your groceries from the stop, as well as sort out tickets and Oyster cards. Tesco has opened its first "Click and Collect" point at the station, one of six planned for the tube network, letting shoppers order groceries online and pick them up from a refrigerated van at the station from 12-3pm and 5-8pm daily. [Standard] Read More >>

2,000 Tesco.com Accounts Have Been Hacked and Deactivated

Hackers have breached the online accounts of customers of supermarket chain Tesco, leading the company to temporarily suspend around 2,000 Tesco.com accounts. Read More >>