Bed Bath & Beyond now 6.5% cheaper than Amazon — 25% less if you include coupons!

Things are heating up in the war between Amazon and bricks-and-mortar retail. The latest dispatch comes in the battlefront comes from the Wall Street Journal, who reports that at least one retailer has succeeded at undercutting Amazon by a good margin.

Prices at Bed Bath & Beyond were on average 6.5% less than at Amazon for a basket of 30 items chosen by analysts at BB&T for one of their periodic pricing studies comparing the retailers. “We are becoming increasingly concerned Bed Bath & Beyond is sacrificing gross margin in order to drive top-line growth,” BB&T said — that is, increasingly concerned that Bed Bath & Beyond is starting to behave more like Amazon.

Incredibly, that 6.5% differential doesn’t even include coupons. Factor that in, and Bed Bath’s price advantage widens considerably!

One big factor helping Bed Bath & Beyond are the 20% off coupons it regularly sends to its customers. Once you adjust for those, the price gap widens out to 25%.But even without the coupons, Bed Bath & Beyond is cheaper than Amazon for many items, sometimes considerably so. This shower curtain, for example, is $24.99 at the former and $32.39 at the latter — a 23% difference before any coupons are taken into account.

Game on!

Speaking of Bed Bath, we have some exciting news to share about them on the mobile-coupon front early next week. Stay tuned!

via “Problem for Bezos: Mall Becoming Cheaper Than Amazon – Corporate Intelligence” [WSJ]

SnipSnap Gets Smarter with Recommended Offers

We get it: You just don’t always have enough time to hunt for bargains. So, we thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if SnipScreen Shot 2013-02-18 at 12.56.10 PMSnap bargain-hunted for you?” That’s the idea behind Recommended Offers. SnipSnap is getting smarter; so now, every so often, SnipSnap will suggest a deal for you, based on your location and coupons you’ve snipped or redeemed in the past. Love shopping at the mall? SnipSnap will suggest new, high-value coupons you may have missed. Out running errands? SnipSnap will show you coupons for stores nearby.

SnipSnap Recommended Offers work the same way recommendations on Amazon on Netflix do; they’re deals tailored to your own, unique shopping preferences, based on your prior usage of the SnipSnap app. Plus, if you’ve enabled SnipSnap’s location reminder feature (check out the video below if you haven’t), you’ll receive coupon alerts based on the deals around you.

Love a suggested offer? Snip it and save it to a bundle. Not crazy about a deal? Just tap “Close.” It’s that simple.

Kindle Classics: Are you Using Your iPhone to Read for Free?

You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. You can also download Kindle reader apps for your smart phone or tablet. Find out how to get them here!

If you’d like to become more of a lit snob, but you don’t want to buy all the books (or the shelving) consider Amazon’s Free Kindle Classics Collection. With over 2,200 titles, the Kindle Classics collection is pretty extensive, and it’s a cinch to send ebooks to your phone. Want to get your Dickens on?

It’s easy. Download the free Kindle app for your phone/tablet. You can sign in with your Amazon account to register and sync the app, and then you’re all set to send free books, wirelessly, from the Amazon site to your Kindle app. This is what it looks like to complete a wireless, one-click order:

When you purchase a book, you’re given the option to share it with your social networks. Here’s what I’ve got going on in my Kindle app right now:

Everything from Les Miserables to How and When to Be Your Own Doctor costs nothing! Of course, I’m not going to limit my reading to the classics because they’re free, but the Kindle app is a pretty great intro to eReading, which is much more economical and, I think, more convenient on the whole. So when I’m craving something more contemporary, I can get it for cheap. And when I feel like snuggling up with Jane Eyre and reliving my freshman year of college, I can do that for free. But it’s an even better experience because the Kindle iPhone app lets me look up foreign or, ahem, “big” words, locate words or phrases throughout the text, and consult book extras for quick info to fill in comprehension gaps. (Hey, they happen!)

Want even more free Kindle ebooks? Check out The Free Stuff Times, which features a list of the top-rated free Kindle books on Amazon every day!