Flotsam General Store: A Post-Structural Online Shopping Experience. A new thing by H. Jon Benjamin (previously) and Eugene Mirman (previously). Here's how it works: You send them money. They send you a sack with things in it. What things? Things they've made. No really what things? You'll have to order a sack to find out. [more inside]
Haberdashboard runs an organized eBay search on quality menswear brands in your size(s), and includes some nice search refinement options.
Vitaly Borker, seller of counterfeit frames and gamer of google rankings, has been sentenced to four years in jail. "Vitaly Borker was an Internet shopper’s worst nightmare," said the US attorney. “Borker operated behind the veil of the Internet and aliases to first defraud his victims and then, if they complained, terrorize them with threats, intimidation and harassment.” Previously.
VisaFacebookCard to rule them all: Forget selling ad space. Facebook should be selling credit, argues The Daily Beast's Steven Weiss.
Comedian Louis CK on the Opie and Anthony radio show discussing consumers and commercialism: (part 1) (part 2) (part 3). [more inside]
“The customer is always right — not here, you understand? I hate that phrase — the customer is always right. Why is the merchant always wrong? Can the customer ever be wrong? Is that not possible?” Gaming Google's PageRank algorithm, one online glasses merchant's prime directive seems to be
Don't Be Evil.
Why don't you get yourself a little something? It's only $10!
HowItSucks.com rates products based on recent reviews from other users. The rating system is simple: the longer the red bar, the more it sucks. Just in time for Xmas. Also, comes free of charge with blog, which also sucks. [more inside]
Mr. Clean Action Figure More proof that you can buy anything online. Better hurry, only 100,000 numbered Mr. Clean Action Figures are available. o_0
Stanley Marcus Dies at 96 We've all heard corporate propaganda about "customer service." He really practiced it. Neiman's has really been expanding their online shopping services. Can Web retailers in the 21st century learn anything from such old-skool customer service? (NYT password link obituary is here)
Buy A Leather Bikini Worn By Bo Derek, It's The Patriotic Thing To Do. One of the many semi-frightening items being offered in eBay's Auction For America. Fetish Bo's most intimate apparel guilt-free, knowing that you're doing it in the name of freedom. Happy Halloween!
Amazon can't patent 1-Click after all Finally somebody realizes the obvious; now if they can get BT to give up on patenting hyperlinks we can all go back to enjoying the Internet.