Circuit City died an ignominious death at the hands of online retail and poor management back in 2009. But this summer, much like Jurassic Park and Star Wars, it’s apparently time for a reboot.
I’m not saying you don’t like your gifts. But here are the return policies at many major retailers in the US, just in case, no reason, whatever.
Wal-Mart is joining the mobile payment movement. But instead of embracing existing Android and Apple systems, you’ll have to use the store’s own app if you want to purchase your stuff without taking your wallet out.
You’ve heard of Black Friday, the darkest day for American capitalism; Cyber Monday, where everyone gets out their latent shopping aggression online; now there’s even Grey Thursday, as retailers open on Thanksgiving Eve to get an edge on the competition. But, friends, have you heard of Brown Friday?
Since 2013, rumors have circulated about Google opening a retail store in New York City. Now, Crain’s New York Business reports that the space leased—and spent $6 million renovating—is back on the market.
Amazon, a company that made its name undercutting brick-and-mortar retailers using cheap labor and UPS, is opening the doors to its first real book store in Seattle at 9.30AM tomorrow morning.
So far, the most practical use man has found for ferrofluid—the mesmerizing black goo that reacts to magnets in cool ways—is as gorgeous eye candy. And that’s totally OK, because how else would have Nike realized this slick animated display for its new Kevin Durant sneakers?
Forget the Like button: Facebook wants you to hit the Buy button instead. Buzzfeed reports that Zuckerberg & C0. is testing new, miniature e-commerce sites that are embedded within the Facebook pages of retailers.
Get your credit cards ready. Amazon says that it’s celebrating its 20th birthday with what it’s calling Prime Day, a massively discounted 24 hours of shopping which will feature “more deals than Black Friday.”
Well, this is awkward. Mere days after Hot Topic announced its plans to buy ThinkGeek for $122 million, the nerdy online retailer called the deal off. What’s the deal? Well, it turns out GameStop wanted to pay $18 million more.
Timmy the ThinkGeek Monkey isn’t sad. Not one bit. He’s just trying to fit in with his new friends! They’ve got, shall we say, a darker taste in fashion. They shared his love of Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Minecraft, so why not reciprocate? Oh, and $122 million in cash didn’t hurt either.
Back in February, RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, destroying the childhood memories of many a tech blogger, and putting 4,000 brick-and-mortar stores in jeopardy at the same time. But as of today, a plan to co-brand remaining stores with the Sprint logo is officially approved.
If you're into analog photography, most of the time the only way to shop is online. It is exceedingly rare to come across a physical store with a hearty stock of film cameras you can hold and touch. One such oasis is the Denton Camera Exchange in the fair city of Denton, Texas.
One of America's finest food traditions is about to get more convenient than ever: Girl Scouts have been given the go ahead to sell their cookies online.
Midwest retail chain Meijer is refusing to go along with the coalition of retailers that have ditched Apple Pay in favor of their own vastly inferior alternative. At least one company cares about its customers.
Sometimes, you just need to quickly grab some free Wi-Fi while you're walking through town. You probably know that nearby coffee shops offer Wi-Fi, but tons of retailers and restaurants offer it too—you just need to know where to look.
Amazon, the cyber store that sells everything, plans to open its first physical store at 7 W 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan just in time for the holiday season. The experimental store will work as a mini-warehouse for some same day deliveries in New York. It'll surely serve as a nice little billboard, too.
Apple's been on a tear to protect the look of its retail experiences, trademarking the design of its stores and patenting its proprietary see-through staircases. Now its glass cube flagship store in Manhattan is officially a patented design in the U.S., with "Steve P. Jobs" listed as one of the inventors.
Going to a car dealership is notoriously fraught with anxiety. In addition to some guy in a plaid jacket trying to upsell you on hubcaps, you never know if they're going to have the exact car you're looking for, with the right options, in the right color. How do you know if it's what you want if you can't see it with…