The thing that makes Jet special is that unlike Amazon, or most retailers really, Jet doesn't make money by selling products. Operating as a marketplace for third party sellers, it makes money by charging customers a $50/year membership fee. Then, it takes the money it would make if it kept commissions on sales and passes it on to the consumer as savings.
We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Chances are you also know about Giving Tuesday.
On Efate, many of the market structures themselves have been badly damaged or destroyed, and the villages have lost almost all of their crops.
For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?
Three makes a pattern so, with inequality at the top of the news - be it about champagne wars at the House of Lords or the inherent privilege of white males on the streets of America - it is time to have a conversation about the difference between privilege and patronage.
The damage done by overbuying is usually what lingers and chokes out the joy we may have gotten from buying the items in the first place. Can we be saved from our impulse buying insanity?
The U.S. will never prohibit stores from opening on Sunday. But after this past Thanksgiving, it does feel that the scales have tipped away from holding anything sacred --- or even special.
On Cyber Monday I sat in front of my computer in yoga pants and a 10-year-old Ani DiFranco t-shirt, steaming hot coffee in hand, clicking all over the interweb getting deals for the multitudes of children I have in my life.
When retail workers want something, they ask their employers, get denied, get bullied and sometimes fired. Sometimes, they take to the streets, as they have for the last three years on Black Friday. By contrast, when retailers want something, they scurry to the halls of Congress, where they purchase influence with their exorbitant profits.
The holiday season is finally here and businesses are hustling to take advantage of this lucrative time of the year. The number of eCommerce sales worldwide has continued to grow to a whopping 1.4 billion dollars. Take a look at these five pointers to help you achieve a stellar eCommerce season:
In response to this time of heavy consumerism, nonprofits proposed Giving Tuesday, which asks people to consider giving to organizations that are addressing critical social issues.
It makes sense to take the corporations up on their pretend public space. Force them to take the public role they are incapable of. Then re-open again our own commons, which waits with its 1st Amendment protections. Public space must be public again. The police who walk that beat must work for all the people.
It's finally happened, people. We've finally passed the stupidity tipping point. We are now so irretrievably idiotic that some of us are paying for feces. That's right: feces, poop, dung, stool, whatever you want to call it. Apparently, people have been buying it online.
The most recent Black Friday stats are in, and they've hit a staggering nearly $7 billion less than last year -- in both brick and mortar and online retailers. That's a drop of 11 percent.
I didn't shop on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, but I feel like I did. I am exhausted from the overbearing onslaught of emails and posts and ads announcing the big sales. It's made me feel slightly curmudgeonly, and I am not happy about it.
Although I love this time of year for the time spent with family and friends around cozy fireplaces and dinner tables, I dread it for the post-holiday havoc it will play on the credit lives of many Americans.