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Patients with life-threatening diseases can legally order drugs available overseas and have them delivered to their local pharmacy. But what are the risks? from www.shutterstock.com

Online ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ promises medications, fast

The Social Medwork is a website that promises patients legal access to medicines from overseas. How does it work? What are the risks? And why are patients turning to it to access the drugs they need?
Shopping by smartphone is taking off. Credit card and mobile phone via shutterstock.com

Cyber Monday gives a big boost to mobile commerce

Americans' reliance on their smartphones and tablets will drive online shopping revenue to new heights – and could introduce new buying experiences as well.
Apple is considered a leader in designing “experience” stores. Some of their retail outlets in Manhattan have become tourist destinations. Shutterstock

Brick-and-mortar retailers must reinvent themselves to survive the shift to online shopping

Department stores and other brick-and-mortar retailers registered another lackluster holiday shopping season, while online sales have remained upbeat since Cyber Monday. As more consumers spend a larger…
“In a dance as old as time”: Bristol shoppers get ready for some 1950s bargains. Paul Townsend

Amazon price glitch: to buy or not to buy, that is the moral question

Christmas is never plain sailing. It’s tough on consumers trying to work out how much food to buy and how to get their hands on the latest must-have toy for children, and it’s tough for retailers trying…
A Wal-Mart employee puts a bow on a discounted television ahead of Black Friday in Los Angeles. Reuters

Retail rage: why Black Friday leads shoppers to behave badly

The manic nature of Black Friday has often led shoppers to engage in fistfights and other misbehavior in their desperation to snatch up the last ultra-discounted television, computer or pair of pants…
You might not be getting a great deal…. Online shopping image via www.shutterstock.com.

Buyer beware, online shopping prices vary user to user

People have a mental model of shopping that is based on experiences from brick-and-mortar stores. We intuitively understand how this process works: all available products are displayed around the store…
What do you mean ‘IHATECAT’ is not a strong password? konsvi

Four steps to a simpler, safer password system

Several high-profile security breaches have, of late, got many people wondering about their passwords. It would be great news if I could tell you a perfect sure-fire system to manage your passwords; the…
Special delivery? New Chinese consumer law will place a greater onus on retailers to rectify problems. Kaptain Koboid/Flickr

China’s consumer protection law a win for Aussie online shoppers

When China kicks off “Consumer Protection Day” this weekend, it’s online shoppers that stand to gain the most. In fact, the growth in online shopping appears to be one of the main factors driving China’s…

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