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Q: On-line shopping ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: On-line shopping
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: charliemomotora-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 24 Mar 2003 18:18 PST
Expires: 23 Apr 2003 19:18 PDT
Question ID: 180479
I am looking for internet business news site and/or magazine,
constantly updated.  The news should always or at least most of the
time, contain the current information on on-line shopping.  I am "not"
a shopper, though.  I would like to research various business models
of internet shopping and their success or failuer stories.
Subject: Re: On-line shopping
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 24 Mar 2003 19:46 PST
Hello Charliemomotora-ga, 

Thank you for an interesting question, and one that was not quite as
straightforward as I first thought.

The world's news services are more than happy to subdivide the news
into categories for you, and deliver it almost instantaneously, but
the available categories still fall mostly along traditional lines
like "Retail News" rather than the more narrowly focused "Online
Shopping News."  Perhaps this is because the distinction between
online shopping and the so-called brick-and-mortar stores has blurred
enormously, as on-line retailers have learned the value of building
very non-virtual inventories, while old-style merchants like Barnes
and Noble and Toys-R-Us have discovered the virtues of their online

There is one site, though, that is specifically focused on online
merchants, and that is the Ebiz site at:

"Remember when you didn't buy your books and CDs online? Remember when
you had control over your personal information? And is opt-in good and
opt-out bad, or vice-versa? The future of Internet commerce hangs in
the balance."

Some of the first few of the 865 stories that popped up when I looked:

Amazon Eyes Ad-Related Patent

Why Did Google Want Blogger?

More Web Ads Come With Sound

Bogus Alerts Target PayPal Users

Spam Offers: Some Legit, Most Not

EBay Coupon Sellers Clip for Cash

Net Merchants Not Sold on Taxes

Buyers Addicted to Free Shipping

Porn Strategy: Share and Snare

A Study in Guerrilla Marketing

Read This Before Buying on eBay


Other sites may be less-specifically focused on your topic of "online
shopping", but their search functions can quickly remedy that
situation.  For instance, at the BusinessWire site:

you have access to up-to-the-minute press releases from thousands of
sources.  Although they don't have a "built in" category search for
"online shopping", you can register at the site (it's free of charge)
and build your own, customized personalized news service, that will
bring up the news items of most interest to you.

If being the "first to know" is important to you, BusinessWire may be
one of your best bets.


Many sites provide extensive information, thoug, and don't even
require registration.

For instance, the BBC News e-commerce site:

has front page articles listed at the moment along these lines:

-War effect hits Ebookers 
-Reality bites: Time to stop exploiting price errors on the web 

-Mobile times: Italians get their hands on commercially available 3G

while a search on "online shopping" turns up many additional stories
such as:

Argentina's internet helpers
Argentines living overseas are paying their crisis-hit families'
shopping bills online, while money sent into the country also soars.
US online sales hit record levels
US shoppers might have stayed out of the shopping malls in the run-up
to Christmas, but they spent plenty of time buying online.

Internet steals march on High Street
Online shopping is growing 19 times faster than trade at traditional
retailers, official figures show.

Corner shop's sweet cyber success
A traditional English sweet shop in County Durham uses new technology
to sell dolly mixtures and pear drops across the globe.


Though focused more broadly that just the e-shopping news, you can
still glean a good deal of information from CNET's E-Business news
page at:

A search on "online shopping" at CNET's news search site, which is
very simply:

turns up results like these:

-DealTime plans to acquire Epinions

-What an e-tailer learned from Dell reports growth, profits

-Survey: Web use trends ever upward 

-Glitch bungles Amazon orders


Other e-biz sites that allow searching and are worth knowing about



Inforworld B2C site:

YahooBiz Retail News:


I hope this is the information you were looking for.  These sources
cover the news from a shopper's point of view, as well as more broadly
reporting on industry trends, successes and problems.  If anything
requires elaboration, though, please don't hesitate to post a Request
for Clarification, and I'll be glad to assist you further.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 25 Mar 2003 09:38 PST
Hi.  I want to add one more site -- Internet Retailer -- to my answer:

Today's headlines include:

-How web-based system kept margins high for long winter apparel season

-Yahoo catches five-fold increase in filtered e-mail spam

-Online shopping hits a speed bump

-Retailers overspend on search-based marketing, Forrester says

-CoolSavings introduces a multi-channel coupon program

Explore around on this site, as they have a number of sub-categories
(e.g. "Apparel") that can give you even more targeted results.

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