Buying a Videogame Console on Black Friday? Here’s What You Need to Know.

A buyer’s guide to the deals you can get — and the differences among the game consoles — for anyone partaking in America’s consumerist holiday.

Gilt Loses a Second Exec in Two Weeks, This Time to Target

The two departures cap a tumultuous year for Gilt, which has restructured its business several times in an effort to become profitable.


All I Want for Christmas Is My Apple TV

It’s all about the apps.

As Facebook Gears Up for E-Commerce Holidays, Social Gifting Start-Ups Buckle Down

Facebook is set to unveil an update to its Gifts feature, and all of the social gifting start-up competition is aflutter.

Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Preparing for an Online Christmas

Some retailers will do more business online on Cyber Monday or Black Friday than they will do across all of their physical stores combined.

10-Q Watch: eBay Receives $145 Million Check for

Terms of the acquisition were previously undisclosed.

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Nintendo Wii U Preorders Selling Out Ahead of Nov. 18 Launch

Nintendo’s Wii U, which won’t arrive in U.S. stores until Nov. 18, is already close to selling out. CNBC reports that major retailers, like Walmart, Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, Target and Sears, are no longer taking preorders. GameStop has sold out of the Deluxe edition, which costs $350, but the basic version for $300 is still available. Analysts warn, however, that Nintendo may be limiting supplies to help generate buzz for the system.


New Entry in Tablet Wars: Toys “R” Us

In a bid to battle the “showrooming” phenomenon that is hurting big-box retailers, Toys “R” Us Inc. said Monday it will start selling its own proprietary tablet designed for children.

Bricks vs. Clicks: ShopRunner Takes Aim at Amazon’s Lockers With PickupZone Acquisition

ShopRunner is expected to announce the acquisition of PickupZone today, which will help the company’s brick-and-mortar partners go head-to-head against the Amazons of the world.

Amazon Job Descriptions Hint at More Perks Coming to Prime

First, Amazon Prime offered free two-day shipping for $79. Then it started offering add-on services for no additional cost, like streaming videos and Kindle books. What’s next?
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