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Kim Coindashian? How bitcoin is going the way of the tulip

Defenders of digital currencies seem to believe bitcoin and its ilk will continue to gain value forever. You know who also thought along those lines? Dutch people in 1637.

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GST lost to online imports isn’t the problem. This is …

Retailers’ arguments that we should impose the GST on online imported purchases ignore the point that other, more obvious GST fixes will yield far more money. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Shopping not-quite-Frenzy returns, but without some spruikers

Click Frenzy is set to return and its co-founder says things will run a little smoother this time around. But some retailers won’t be returning.

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Click frenzy, profit wait for local retailers

Australia’s big retailers are trying to jump on the Click Frenzy bandwagon, while Target is still fighting to make a profit online. The numbers for many simply don’t add up.

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Kohler: Goldilocks and the three shocks

In the past one to two years, women aged 55-plus have suddenly gone online, en masse … and they control the nation’s purse strings.

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Kohler: carried away in an Aussie dollar dance

Global hedge funds are starting to make big returns from borrowing in euros and investing in higher-yielding currencies such as the Australian dollar.

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The Enthusiast | COMPANIES|

Coles cheap beer deal goes down the drain

Last night Coles Online offered slabs of James Squire and Coopers beer for just $15.99, due to an apparent technical glitch. Should the company have just offered to honour the accidental price?

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The Baillieu Dump: after recall, faulty cookers emerge for sale on the net

Dangerous, counterfeit gas cookers were listed for sale on the internet after being recalled because they did not meet Australian standards, writes Danny Baker, a Swinburne journalism student.

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Fancy Goods | BOOKS|

How Book Depository is costing Australia Post millions

UK online bookseller Book Depository offers free shipping worldwide and cheaper book prices than stores can offer here in Oz. But what does that free postage really cost? Eloise Keating investigates.

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How retailers are shooting themselves in the foot

Forget about high interest rates, or poor consumer customers — retailers are being destroyed by smarter competitors.

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US debt problems begin and end with politics

Crikey readers have their say,

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The threat of the internet to retail

The focus on the woes of the retail sector misses the fact that it’s going to get a lot worse for Australians retailers.

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Online retailing: the great Australian gouge

Australians are being charged far more for products than overseas consumers — and not just by bricks-and-mortar outlets. Crikey examines the expensive goods and the retailers’ hypocrisy.

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Rundle: the beginning of the end of bookshops

As REDgroup Retail, the owner of Angus & Robertson and Borders stores announced this week that it had gone into administration, Guy Rundle writes about the wider implications of the death of the bookshop.

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Essential: why we love to shop online (and reject paying GST)

The vast majority of Australians reject moves by the big retailers to apply GST to online purchases, not surprisingly, with new Essential Research polling revealing how ingrained online shopping has become for consumers.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Just another form of parallel importing

Whether it be Woolworths and Coles in food and liquor or Woolies, Coles, JB and Harvey Norman in electrical goods or Myer and David Jones in department stores, the power is in the hands of the major retailers. How sensible the government isn’t stampeded to change, writes Richard Farmer.

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PC Magazine | COMPANIES|

Super sales on ‘Cyber Monday’

On a day known as ‘Cyber Monday’ in America, US consumers shopped up a storm with a flurry of mouse clicks and Google searches. They collectively cracked the US$1 billion mark, making it the biggest day of online spending in history, writes Chloe Albanesius.

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