shopping
Single Vending Machine Replaces Last Shop in English Town

So clever, so depressing: the English town of Clifton, having dwindled in economic strength over the years, has responded to the loss of its last place to shop with a giant vending machine. The so-called Speedy Shop—really, an over-sized, building-shaped machine standing alone in a dreary parking lot—is meant to help bring some economic life back to the town. Read More >>

money
Man Pays £450 for a Loaf of Bread -- And Doesn't Notice

Shopper John Brown popped into his local ASDA to buy bread, eggs and jam, three of the four cornerstones of a healthy diet (the fourth cornerstone is sausages, which we assume he already had at home). Three days later his bank refused to let him withdraw cash, and only then did he realise he'd been charged £450 for a loaf in an ASDA misprice/checkout catastrophe. He's getting a refund. [Metro] Read More >>

money
Waitrose is Getting Even Posher with Instore Wine Tasting and Concierge Services

Waitrose is on a mission, a "very British" mission, to bring more luxurious convenience to their stores. It's a bid to stave off the competition from the growing popularity of value-led German supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl. Read More >>

shopping
Blockbuster Has Been Resurrected...Again! Or Has It? (Update)

Blimey! Blockbuster is proving more resilient than the Terminator. Following two spells with the administrators in January and October of 2013, the movie rental service has been revived once more. Read More >>

shopping
Dixons and Carphone Warehouse in Talks to Merge and Create UK Tech Behemoth

High street tablet and washing machine specialist Dixons Group is having talks with mobile expert Carphone Warehouse about a possible merger, with the plan being to create one tech giant with a staggering 2,900 UK branches. Read More >>

transport
Tesco's "Click and Collect" Service is Now at Work at Rayners Lane Tube Station

If your commute takes you past Rayners Lane tube station in London, from today you'll be able to pick up your groceries from the stop, as well as sort out tickets and Oyster cards. Tesco has opened its first "Click and Collect" point at the station, one of six planned for the tube network, letting shoppers order groceries online and pick them up from a refrigerated van at the station from 12-3pm and 5-8pm daily. [Standard] Read More >>

security
2,000 Tesco.com Accounts Have Been Hacked and Deactivated

Hackers have breached the online accounts of customers of supermarket chain Tesco, leading the company to temporarily suspend around 2,000 Tesco.com accounts. Read More >>

money
How Much is Delivery at Poundshop.com? Er... £3.65

Today is the day that a potentially disruptive online discounter launches in the UK, with poundshop.com set to go live at 2.00pm. Problem is, rumours suggest there's likely to be a £10 minimum order and a £3.65 delivery fee on top. So wouldn't we be better off taking a granny trolley to the high street instead of buying from this new £13.65 shop? Read More >>

architecture
This Giant Shoebox in London is Actually an Adidas Pop-Up Shop

Pop-up shops are all over the place these days, but when a big brand decides to get in on the action, it's often worth the hype. Read More >>

advertising
Google Wants Adverts That Book You a Taxi Straight to the Shop

Google has filed a patent for an advertising system that lets shops provide transport for customers, demonstrating an ad that blinks away with the offer of a free ride to tempt people into clicking an advert on purpose for once. Read More >>

foodmodo
Lidl Replacing Checkout Counter Sweets With Dreaded Oatcakes

Hold out a Double Decker in front of me and a bag of dried fruit, and I'll eat the chocolate and the hand that was holding it over the withered, mummified berries every time. Lidl, what have you done? Read More >>

internet
Reddit Is Trying to Actually Make Some Money

90 million unique visitors a month has to be good for something. But so far Reddit hasn't been able to stay consistently profitable even with all those people banging at the door. Read More >>

dealzmodo
A £100 Mystery Gift Card is Your Surprise Shopping Spree Deal of the Day

Everyone likes a mystery, especially when it is an expensive mystery gift just for you! In fact, 'gift' is just a polite way of saying 'A prize for me because I'm excellent and I should always be showered with free stuff!' Read More >>

wtf
Meat Aisle Masturbator Banned From all UK Supermarkets

Newcastle-under-Lyme man Eugenio Freitas is going to be stuck buying his shopping from newsagents and petrol stations for the next few years, after admitting outraging public decency by enjoying a 10-minute wank in the meat aisle of his local Sainsbury's. Read More >>

xbox one
Treat That Spoiled Premiership Footballer in Your Life to a £6,000 Gold Xbox One

If you're wondering what to buy Wayne Rooney or some other tasteless member of the nouveau riche for Christmas this year, get yourself down to posho-emporium Harrods, where you can currently get a gold-plated Xbox One for the very missable price of £6,000. Read More >>

money
Teasmade and Trolley Sales up as Money-Saving Brits Seek Luxury at Home

Why blow £55 on a round of drinks in some depressing chain pub, when you can invest the same amount of money in a Swan STM100 Teasmade and enjoy the thrill of having a dumb robot make you cups of tea all year round? Read More >>

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