PriceGrabber reports that 41% of more than 13,000 online shoppers it surveyed will wait until Dec. 21 or later to buy holiday gifts. Among those online shoppers, 43% said they hold off on buying until the last minute because they think the best discounts are in the final days before Christmas, 43% reported they were too busy to shop earlier, 26% were guilty of procrastination and nearly one-quarter claimed that last-minute shopping is fun.
Underwriters Laboratories surveyed 1,200 consumers in China, Germany, India and the U.S. and found that 48% think gadget manufacturers are bringing new products to market faster than needed. More than half of the respondents were more concerned about the origin of components within products than about where the products were assembled.
Barnes & Noble debuted a simpler version of its Nook e-reader that costs $139, the same as one version of Amazon's Kindle. The latest Nook, which goes on sale June 10, is lighter than a paperback book and has a battery that holds a two-month charge, Barnes & Noble said.
The latest update to Barnes & Noble's Nook Color moves the gadget beyond a simple e-reader and to a device that compete with tablets, which are more expensive. The update includes an e-mail application and the ability to play games. The bookseller is also adding Adobe Systems' Flash to Nook Color's Web browser.
Barnes & Noble has sold nearly 1,400 refurbished Nook e-readers on eBay since listing began in late December. Shoppers can choose a new device at full price or a refurbished color Nook with a one-year warranty for $119.