Collaborating Authors's virtual Visas are burner debit cards that keep online shoppers safe


Slinging your credit card information all over the web may be the norm when you're online shopping, but playing fast and loose with those precious numbers is just begging for identity theft to happen. A new company dubbed If no one has your actual credit card, the thinking goes, then your credentials are safe from the next major database breach--or the one after that. That basic idea has already gained interest from investors. The company announced in October that it had raised 1.2 million from investors, including Jim Messina, former White House deputy chief of staff and main driver of President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

Amazon stops offering refunds for after-purchase price drops


For a few years, Amazon's protected users against immediate price drops after purchase with an informal price protection policy that refunded you the difference if the cost of something you bought was slashed mere days later. It appears those good times are over. Over the past month, Amazon customers began complaining that the online retailer was no longer honoring price protection refunds on anything, with the sole exception of televisions. GroovyPost was the first to notice the change in early May after readers reached out. Most recently, Recode spoke to Earny, a startup that helps people find price difference refunds on items they've purchased online, about the price protection policy.

Amazon's Prime Day off to another rocky start


It could be another #primedayfail for Amazon. The online retailer has reported some customers are having problems adding items to their shopping carts and missing out on deals that have been heavily advertised on TV. Some customers are reporting difficulty with checkout. We're working to resolve this issue quickly. Prime Day is a company-proclaimed online shopping day designed to boost sales by offering selected merchandise at discounts.

Amazon teases Prime Day deal bash with free Prime trials


One year ago, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a sale event/Prime membership promotion dubbed Prime Day. Now the online retailer wants to make Prime Day an annual tradition. Amazon recently announced that Prime Day for 2016 would take place on Tuesday, July 12. Only Amazon Prime members can partake in Prime Day deals. As with last year's promotion, if you're not a Prime member you can get the deals by signing up for a Prime 30-day free trial.

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It's the holiday season, which means it's time for retailers to bombard you with sales, special offers, and other attempts to sell you things. For many people, the Black Friday-to-Christmas shopping rush will lead to Amazon. It makes sense: The e-commerce giant sells a whole lot of products and makes it very easy to buy them. Many times, those products are less expensive than they are elsewhere. Though most people seem to be satisfied with the Amazon shopping experience, certain aspects of it can still be misleading.