People are Having Fun in Their Old Clothes

Spending statistics that watch what we spend our meagre casual salaries on appear to show a shift in the very fabric of modern consumerism, with the people moving away from buying clothes and gadgetry nonsense in favour of spending money on "experiences" with friends and family. Read More >>

Ebooks Down, Book-Book Sales Up

Sales of electronic versions of books for ereaders, tablets and besieged smartphones have fallen for the first time in years, with publishing experts blaming the nation's overwhelming number of screens for a huge 17 per cent drop in consumer ebook sales. Read More >>

Woolworths Could Return to the UK High Street

Woolworths, which still exists in the high streets of other countries but was so broke here that it closed and sold off all its fixtures and fittings in the UK in 2008, might be about to return to the fatherland. Its former boss is looking to buy the brand name back and use it to launch a fresh attack on the UK's budget retail market. Read More >>

Clothes Shops Out, Vaping Dens In

Stats on the state of the UK high street show that it's gradually changing from being all about New Look to instead being where you go to buy vape refills and coffee, with the 5,430 nationwide shop closures of 2016 replaced by 4,534 newer businesses -- a loss of 896 shops across the country. Read More >>

Sainsbury’s Experiment Tries to Wean us Off Meat

A team of researchers from Oxford University is heading off to Sainsbury's to do more than hunt for discounted doughnuts late at night -- they want to change the eating habits of the nation by putting vegetables next to the sausages in the hope that people might choose the healthier option every once in a while. Read More >>

Amazon Prime Now Delivers to (a Bit of) Scotland

Amazon Prime members in Glasgow are the latest beneficiaries of the shopping giant's superfast delivery service, with Prime Now one-hour service slots now available across the city. Read More >>

Tech That’s Now More Expensive Post-Brexit Vote

Phone maker OnePlus grabbed the headlines earlier this week when it announced a shocking price increase for its brand new OnePlus 3 model -- from £309 to £329 -- and blamed the Brexit result and subsequent plunging value of the pound on international currency markets for the increase. If only the Remain campaign had said nice new telephones might cost more. Read More >>

Asda Branch Introduces “Quiet Hour” to Benefit Autistic Shoppers

A branch of Asda Living in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, is introducing a period of quiet time next month, to make the hell that is any kind of shopping more bearable to autistic shoppers and the families of autistic kids. Read More >>

Official Morrissey Shopping Experience Comes to London’s Battersea Dog’s Home

The famed lyricist, novelist and miserablist is opening a physical shop in London to coincide with a couple of gigs he's playing next week, with the Battersea Dog's Home set to feature a real-world pop-up version of Morrissey's online Mporium merchandise portal. Read More >>

Supermarkets Accused of Ripping Us Off With Exaggerated Savings and Baffling Offers

Consumer group Which? has launched a renewed attack on the UK supermarkets, saying their confusing blend of offers, misleading product discounts and ever-changing prices are designed to baffle buyers and trick us into spending more. Read More >>

Amazon’s Shop of the Future Was Outlined in 2006

Amazon recently filed an interesting patent that describes a system that lets shoppers bag what they want and walk out without paying, using complicated things like computers and maps to know it was you and that you need billing for it all at some point. Read More >>

eBay’s “Connected Wall” Might be the Future of Posh Shopping

eBay has teamed up with a megabucks clothes retailer to create what it claims is the future of shopping, building a physical retail space full of touchscreens, mirrors, automated dressing rooms and various other digital buzzwords. Read More >>

What Exactly is Food Crime?

News today suggests that "food crime" is happening on a large scale in the UK, and it can't be people stealing sausage rolls from Greggs as they keep them safe behind that damn glass screen. Read More >>

Pretend Supermarket Deals are Still Ripping Us Off, Says Consumer Group

Top trough-fillers Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's are still inflating prices and playing mind games with us, according to Which?, with the supermarket giants routinely inventing deals and promotions based around short-term previous prices. Read More >>

EE May Pull Contracts from Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U

Mobile network EE is in the final stages of rejigging its sales practises, with one of the more destructive options being to stop offering phones and contracts through mammoth phone specialists Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. Read More >>