Electronic commerce has come a long way since the granddaddy of all online stores, Amazon.com, started selling books over the Internet way back in 1995. Since then, the Web has continued to evolve, with new ways and methods of selling goods and services online developed by online stores.
We’ve spotted these new e-commerce ideas lately which deserve a mention for their innovative thinking:
- Everybody loves a good deal, but tracking coupon-based discounts can be time consuming. Here comes new coupon aggregator site CouponCowgirl.com . The website targets popular apparel, consumer electronic and flower and gift brands, serving consumers by compiling online discounts for hundreds of retailers in one location.
- Clayvalet (pictured above) is a Seattle-based startup on a mission to simplify the way people find products online. At ClayValet, real people research your shopping inquiries. The company’s shoppers scour the Internet to find the best products at the best prices, and you receive a free personalized report with product recommendations, expert opinions, customer reviews and links to purchase within 24 hours of your request.
- With the popularity of social networking sites these days, it seems that an online store that combines e-commerce, social networking and instant messaging would be a winner. Buddy Shopping  allows consumers to shop for products online simultaneously with friends in real-time. With their special software, online shoppers can lead or follow friends in co-browsing sessions.
- How many of you have gone ahead to buy that plasma TV, only to find out that it’s cheaper by 500 bucks at a sale 3 days later? Let PriceProtectr.com  protect you. On the website, online shoppers can enter the URL of the product from the retailer’s online store and PriceProtectr.com will track its price. If the product you’re eyeing gets cheaper, the service will email you a notice.
Do you have any smart, brilliant ideas about e-commerce and online stores?
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This New Business Ideas Report is compiled specially for Small Business Trends from the editors of CoolBusinessIdeas.com .