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Amazon Will No Longer Sell the Apple TV or Chromecast to 'Avoid Confusion'

Amazon just gave Apple and Google an unexpected punch in the gut. The online retailer announced that later this month it will ban sales of the Apple TV and Chromecast media players. With the holiday season just weeks away, will Amazon's tough stance have a negative affect on deals?

The First Black Friday Ad of 2015 is Here!

It's a good thing we just posted our Black Friday predictions, because the very first Black Friday ad is here! To kick off the holiday season, reading retailer Half Price Books released its 2015 Gift Guide — and the first page includes a brief mention of the store's Black Friday promotion.

Black Friday Video Games 2015: Xbox One & PS4 Bundles Will Offer the Best Value

Statistically speaking, you're probably shopping for a gamer this holiday season. Are you finally ready to drop some cash on a current-gen console? Will you fill your cart with 2015's hottest AAA titles? Or perhaps fill your hard drive with PC game downloads? No matter what your gaming goals are this Black Friday season, we've got the predictions to keep you — and your budget — happy.

8 Ways to Save on Candy, Costumes, and Spooky Decor for Halloween

From alternative treats to homemade decorations, these Halloween tips will scare your neighbors and not your wallet.

10 Recent Indie Horror Movies to Stream on Netflix

These 10 lesser-known fright flicks will have you ready for Halloween in no time; and with a Netflix subscription, they won't scare your wallet.

13 Things You Probably Pay Too Much For

Even deal-hunting pros like us are guilty of sometimes missing opportunities to save. From batteries in bulk to discounted gift cards, these deals are almost always available.

How to Save Money at eBay

Want to save money at eBay? Read our guide to find out what kind of sales you'll find at this popular auction marketplace.

10 Ways to Save Up for a Black Friday Doorbuster TV Deal

You might need a little more room in your budget to make some big purchases during the great Black Friday sales. Dining in, cutting cable, and more will help you save.

Black Friday Beauty 2015: Amazon Will Offer Big Discounts on Drugstore Brands

Did you know that we see a big surge in beauty and grooming deals around Black Friday? Even if you like to wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, there's really no better time to stock up on these popular gifts.

Black Friday Shoes 2015: Even Luxury Brands Will Go on Sale!

We tracked all kinds of shoe sales all the way back to 2011, and we're ready to take the mystery out of your Black Friday shopping with our 2015 predictions.

Black Friday Media Streaming Devices 2015: Big Discounts on Roku & Fire TV

Media streamers have gone from luxury items to near-necessities. Expect to see modest deals on the latest Apple TV this Black Friday, while the Roku and Amazon Fire TV will have bigger discounts.

Black Friday Home Goods 2015: Appliances & Kitchen Deals Will Shine

It's time to look at Black Friday's most hotly anticipated category of consumer products: light bulbs! Okay, so purchases for the home might not be the sexiest things to buy during this monster shopping season. But you could potentially save hundreds on some big ticket items, including vacuums, washing machines, power tools, and kitchen appliances.

Black Friday Laptop Deals 2015: You Won't Believe How Cheap Prices Will Get

As we approach Black Friday 2015, you may be wondering: How much can I expect to pay for a laptop this November? Fortunately, there will be price points for every budget. Bargain bin models will drop to eye-popping prices of $99 to $149, but even beefier mainstream systems will be unbelievably cheap this year.

Black Friday TVs 2015: 60" Sets Will Offer the Best Bang for Your Buck

Of all the tech devices that go on sale during Black Friday, few items see as many discounts as televisions. This year, big-screen TVs will drop to affordably cheap prices, while smaller 32" TVs will hit bargain bin levels for deals.

Black Friday Smartphones 2015: 7 Ways Deals Will Be Completely Different This Year

With wireless carriers making the move to no-contract plans, what we know and can predict about smartphone pricing during this Black Friday season is in flux. The smartphone landscape hasn't just changed — we're on a whole new planet! Here's how this might affect deals this Black Friday.

Black Friday Toys 2015: Star Wars Toys Are Far, Far Away!

TVs and fancy electronics get most of the attention as Black Friday doorbusters, but toys are big news, too, because everyone's stocking up on holiday gifts. You and your kids can have a very merry holiday, if you know where to find the best toy deals during the Black Friday season and beyond.

Here's Where You Can Score Free Coffee Today!

Today is National Coffee Day, and many of our favorite coffee shops are celebrating with free cups of Joe throughout the day. Here's where you can get your caffeine fix, sans charge.

Apple TV vs. Fire TV: Which Streaming Media Player Should You Buy?

Apple and Amazon have both just introduced updates to their popular streaming boxes. If you're not in either ecosystem yet, deciding between the two could come down to details like price and gaming ability.

Target Gives its Employees Fitbits, Can Monitor Their Fitness Progress

Target offered employees a free Fitbit in exchange for taking part in a team competition for charity. But wellness at work is a growing trend, and not everyone loves it.

VIDEO: Would You Text Walmart for Directions to the Doritos?

During TechCrunch's most recent Disrupt Hackathon, a group of coders put together a text-bot that will answer your questions about the wherabouts of items in your local Walmart. In this video, our panel of experts discuss if such a service is even necessary.

Land of the Freebie: The 10 Best Cities for No-Cost Vacation Fun

Traveling isn't cheap, but fun can be. Whether they offer museums, festivals, or natural beauty, these cities are the best for free activities while you visit.

Avoid the Thrift Store: 10 Things You Should Never Buy Used

Buying secondhand items is often a great way to save money. However, some purchases can end up costing you more in the long run — or even pose threats to the health and safety of you and your loved ones. We compiled a list of things that should always be bought new.

Don't Get Taken for a Ride: How to Do Your Own Bike Tune-Up

Proper chain oiling, rust removal, and more can prolong the life of your bike and make your ride smoother. But some things should be left to pros at a repair shop.

Rumor Roundup: Star Wars Tickets Will Go on Sale in October?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Star Wars, Facebook, Grand Theft Auto, and more? Neither are we! That's why we put all the latest speculations from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

New Amazon Prime Perk: 6 Free Months of the Washington Post

Amazon Prime has long been about more than free shipping, but now subscribers can score access to the Washington Post for free for 6 months, and for just $3.99 a month (or 60% off) after that.

VIDEO: Is the iPad Pro the Future of Computing?

Apple has announced its iPad Pro — a larger, more powerful tablet. In this brief, delightful video, our panel of experts ask: Is the iPad Pro is going to be the thing that changes the perception of tablets from "fun pads" to serious business machines?

More Than a Latte: 50 Pumpkin Spice Things You Can Buy This Fall

Pumpkin spice lattes returned to Starbucks last week, with the addition of real pumpkin. We look at 50 of the best current products from the PSL craze.

Filene's Basement Will Return as an Online Store

Filene's Basement was the original off-price department store, but despite our growing love for deals and discounts, the chain shut down in 2011. However, the store will soon get a second life as an online-only retailer.

8 Ways to Save on Books for the True Bibliophile

With many major publishers raising prices for new eBooks, the dedicated bibliophile faces a dilemma: How do you feed your reading habit without putting your wallet on a diet? We look at library services, lending for eBooks, and more.

7 Ways eBay Has Changed How We Shop

Everyone's favorite auction site, eBay, is turning 20! It didn't just give everyone a way to sell old haunted heirlooms, it fundamentally changed online retail.

10 Online Printing Services That Frequently Offer Discounts

On-demand printing for business cards, photos, and more has already become an affordable luxury. But these sites up the savings by regularly offering coupons, discounts, and bundles.

Rumor Roundup: A $50 Amazon Tablet? A NickToons Movie?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Amazon, Apple, Half-Life 3, and more? Well, neither are we! That's why we put all the latest speculations from the Internet into one place: The Rumor Roundup!