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The site's ratings give consumers a nice gauge of a shopping sites' dependability and overall performance in areas like customer service, ease of use and value.
But as always there's a catch...
Analysts concede Bizrate is vulnerable to spamming from unscrupulous merchants desperate to improve their position in the company's rankings
What are these guys doing in the small business category?
The answer is simple. The same thing they've been doing across america (and more recently in other parts of the world) for the past quarter century....more
You can be excused if you think the honor goes to Bezos and company. After all the web's largest retailer does list what is probably the most extensive collection of titles available.
But in the real world, a sprawling book shop in Portland, Oregon lays claim to the title.
Powell's got on the Net quickly - not in time to prevent Amazon from capturing the market - but quickly enough to ensure a beachhead for the nation's independent booksellers, many of whom are discovering that online sales are the best thing to happen to them since the big chains came calling.
Why should you care?
Because if a site like Powell's says they have a book in stock you can generally take their word on it
Literally hundreds of sites appeared offering links to free software, tickets, memberships and anything else people could dream of giving away.
The tradition is alive and well at Freeshop.
The site provides links to thousands of such sites, giving Net bargain hunters as much as they can handle. You'll find plenty of stuff you'll want (read freebie magazine subscriptions, giveaway trial products) and plenty you'll want to avoid (see strings attached).
Free your mind and your credit card will follow
the Net help?
sites like this just gimmicks or a sign that we're finally developing
There's also an impressive selection of pasta recipies to choose from, if you're of a mind to experiment.
Who could pass up on recipes with names like "Divine Intervention" and the "The Sound of Garlic"?
Oodles of Noodles
Frankly, some of what we're seeing walks the fine line. One of our favorite ideas in the oddly eccentric shopping destination category?
Singing welshmen deliver personalized greetings to your inbox.
William Shatner singing Free bird?
For only $39.99, friends and relatives can enjoy the best thing since.....
This is what people were talking about when they said the Net would change your life
Send in the sociologists.
For $19.99 a year, Prayerwheel's Server will send a text version of the prayer of your choice into cyberspace, where
Prayers are available for seven major religions.
Not sure what to believe?
Cover all of your bases, send prayers out to all major deities for around four hundred dollars.
No official word from the Vatican on this one yet
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