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How to Notice and Avoid Dark Patterns Online How to Notice and Avoid Dark Patterns Online

Have you ever noticed how online accounts are incredibly easy to sign up for, but can be hair-pullingly difficult to close? Sometimes the Close Account option is right where you’d think it would be, but other times you have to hunt it down, clicking through menu after menu until you finally find out that you can’t…

How to Shop at Costco Without a Membership How to Shop at Costco Without a Membership

There’s no denying that Costco has some pretty solid deals on things. However, if you only want to shop here a few times a year, the store’s $60+/year membership requirement can be a huge deterrent (and will eat into those dollars you’re saving as well). Yes, you can still get some Costco products without a membership…

Monitor Amazon Prices on Your Mac With This Menu Bar App Monitor Amazon Prices on Your Mac With This Menu Bar App

If you’re interested in buying something on Amazon but the price is just a little too expensive for you right now, PriceAlert can track that items and let you know when the price gets low enough for you to bite the bullet and make the purchase.

Amazon Prime Day Is July 16 (Probably)  Amazon Prime Day Is July 16 (Probably) 

Mark your calendars and prepare your wallets—or, if you’re trying not to spend any money, your site blockers: Amazon’s yearly extravaganza of online deals is approaching. A recent leak suggests it’s all happening on Monday, July 16.

You Can't Trust Negative Online Reviews You Can't Trust Negative Online Reviews

Recently while researching a vacation package I was considering booking, I noticed that while all of the customer reviews about the destinations, tour guides and mechanics of the trip were glowing, there were a few people who gave poor ratings for reasons that didn’t seem like the travel company’s fault: Their flight…

How to Find Out How Many Stops Away Your Amazon Delivery Is How to Find Out How Many Stops Away Your Amazon Delivery Is

Now instead of knowing your Amazon package will arrive “before 8 p.m.,” you’ll be able to track its location in real time and know exactly how many stops the delivery driver has to make before they arrive at your doorstep. This is thanks to a new Amazon feature called Map Tracking.

Amazon's Mobile App Just Made International Shopping a Ton Easier Amazon's Mobile App Just Made International Shopping a Ton Easier

Amazon updated its mobile apps Tuesday to make it easier to shop when you’re in another country.

What Amazon Prime's 'Two-Day Shipping' Really Means  What Amazon Prime's 'Two-Day Shipping' Really Means 

Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping is a pretty great deal, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get your order two days after you order it. Confused? I was too when my recent in-stock order took nearly a week to get to me.

Get Cash Back For Things You're Already Buying With Dosh Get Cash Back For Things You're Already Buying With Dosh

At some point in my transition from being a free-spirited 20 something to an old lady, I because obsessed with cash back opportunities. I’m definitely not as into it as some people, but if there’s a punch card or point system I can use for a retailer that ends in me getting a discount or something free in the end, you…

What to Use Instead of Amazon Assistant, the Invasive Wishlist Replacement What to Use Instead of Amazon Assistant, the Invasive Wishlist Replacement

If you use Amazon’s Wish List bookmarklet to keep track of all the products you want to buy or receive as a gift, you may have noticed a recent change. The company is phasing out its old one-click tool for a more advanced (and more invasive) Amazon Assistant.

Your Amazon Order Might Lock You Out of Trusted Traveler Programs Your Amazon Order Might Lock You Out of Trusted Traveler Programs

You wouldn’t think online shopping could get you in trouble with customs, but if you accidentally order counterfeit merchandise on Amazon it just might. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling, you probably want to double check your orders from now on.

Use Chargebacks Like an Insurance Policy for Internet Shopping Use Chargebacks Like an Insurance Policy for Internet Shopping

So you order something from eBay. Or Alibaba. Or some sketchy website you’ve never heard of, because it has the exact sneakers you want when nowhere else does. You know that’s probably a sign it’s too good to be true… but you really want the sneakers, so you foolishly type in your Visa number anyway.

This Tool Lets You Examine Tons of Amazon Product Reviews at Once This Tool Lets You Examine Tons of Amazon Product Reviews at Once

Thinking of spending a pretty penny on that shiny new gadget? Well, you might want to take a look at some Amazon reviews first so you know what you’re getting into. If the thought of digging through hundreds of reviews sounds like a chore, though, this free tool will make it easy.

Use a Price Tracking Tool to See If That Cyber Monday Deal Is Worth Buying Use a Price Tracking Tool to See If That Cyber Monday Deal Is Worth Buying

Cyber Monday can be a great time to snag some awesome deals on holiday gifts. It can also be a great time to think you’re getting a deal and accidentally pay more for something than you have to.

Find Local Black-Owned Businesses to Support Using This App Find Local Black-Owned Businesses to Support Using This App

In 2015, Mandy Bowman founded Official Black Wall Street, a website that features a global directory of black-owned businesses. Blavity reports, this week the site made it even easier to find black-owned businesses near you through a new app.

You Can Now Search eBay by Image You Can Now Search eBay by Image

Searching eBay requires faith—faith that the seller listed their item with the same keywords you’d use to describe what you want. Sometimes you have different ideas of what constitutes “turquoise.” Sometimes you have a picture of what you want but don’t know the name for a certain style. Well, now that picture is all…

How to Get Amazon to Stop Displaying Your Browsing History How to Get Amazon to Stop Displaying Your Browsing History

Whenever you go to Amazon, the site shows you some of the last items you looked at. The idea is that if you see that shirt, frying pan, or epic novel again, you might decide to bite the bullet and make a purchase. It’s an ok idea in theory, but when the last item you looked at happens to be a gift you’re researching…

Learn What IKEA Product Names Actually Mean With This Dictionary Learn What IKEA Product Names Actually Mean With This Dictionary

IKEA products have a wide variety of interesting names. Some are Swedish words, others are named after places, and some are just made-up names made from mixing other words. This dictionary lists them all.

Your Old Nike Sneakers Might Be Eligible for a Refresh or Refund Your Old Nike Sneakers Might Be Eligible for a Refresh or Refund

Chances are you’ve owned a pair of Nike sneakers at some point in your life. The iconic swoosh has been around since the 70s, the company itself even longer. But even the most brand-loyal consumers might find their sneaks are falling apart a little earlier than expected, and if that’s the case, you may be able to save…

How to Clear Your Amazon Browsing History How to Clear Your Amazon Browsing History

Not only does Amazon track your purchases, it tracks all the products you looked at and didn’t buy too. Here’s how to make it go away.

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