March Shopping Madness: And The Winner Is...!

Amazon tore Target to shreds to become DealNews' first ever March Shopping Madness champion.
Bezos Win

Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of DealNews' first ever March Shopping Madness tournament is none other than — Amazon.

The online giant crushed seventh-seeded Target in a stunning bout that put the Seattle-based retailer in the lead with almost four times as many votes from our readers as its rival. From the start, top-seeded Amazon was favored to win the tournament, and the crowd favorite delivered time after time, defeating Kmart, Groupon, Walmart, and Target to take home the title.

While Target never gave in, Amazon was too big of an opponent and the bullseye dog never gained any traction against its competitor. Nevertheless, readers pushed Target to the #2 spot with regards to deals, an impressive finish considering Target's history of troubles throughout 2013.

As the year progresses, we'll see if Amazon is capable of holding onto its title. In the meantime, thank you readers for voting!

Louis Ramirez
DealNews Contributing Writer

With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
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The "seed" rankings are based on total number of deals in all of 2014. But the winner was chosen by votes from our readers!
Scroogus Maximus
Anyone surprised by this outcome is likely still "waxing their modem trying to make it go faster." Between Amazon's ridiculously responsive customer service (I have yet to pay for Prime based on their returns policy, and it's been over two years...) and their market clout, it's hard to find many deals that beat them out at all. There are occasional highly-publicized items where the price is insane, but when even the Fed does market research using Amazon, "guaranteed all-the-way bracket slot" is an appropriate phrase.