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Amazon - From nothing to ubiquitous 

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I remember when Amazon just sold books, people thought it was a cute company, it's a giant now. A leviathan. It sells nearly everything, its cloud services has the tentacles of a thousand octopi, not everyone is aware just how huge AWS is. It makes TV shows and is getting into movies for goodness sake.

Lately, I've been doing lots of price comparisons and Amazon's everyday prices are just so competitive. If you have Prime, which is pretty much free shipping and reduced price next day shipping (I make generous use of Prime's video, music, library, cloud and photo storage services), it practically can't be beaten.  I try to support local stores, tried to buy a Dremel attachment for example - the experience was some stores didn't have it, if it did, 30-40% more than Amazon. I just had Amazon next day ship it to me as the overnight delivery step up charge was $0. Went to buy some windshield wipers at Pep Boys, looked at Amazon - it's half the price. How do you compete with this? While I find the money saved to be very copacetic, it just troubles me what they might be doing I don't know about to keep prices low and its effect on future commerce.

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A noticeable number of items were cheaper, lots to go though - downgrade to Whole Check-ish, maybe? :-P

The stand below is bizarre though. Kindles next? The big A trying to infiltrate its way into your world anywhere it can.



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Amazon lockers @ Whole Foods - now that will be interesting to observe. I was expecting an expanded kitchenware and gadgets section.


STARTING TODAY, Whole Foods Market is offering lower prices on a selection of best-selling staples across its stores, with much more to come.

Customers can enjoy lower prices on products like Whole Trade bananas, organic avocados, organic large brown eggs, responsibly-farmed salmon and tilapia, organic baby kale and baby lettuce, animal-welfare-rated 85 percent lean ground beef, creamy and crunchy almond butter, organic Gala and Fuji apples, organic rotisserie chicken, 365 Everyday Value organic butter, and much more.
IN THE FUTURE, after certain technical integration work is complete, Amazon Prime will become Whole Foods Market’s customer rewards program, providing Prime members with special savings and other in-store benefits.

Whole Foods Market’s healthy and high-quality private label products—including 365 Everyday Value, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws and Whole Catch—will be available through Amazon.com, AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry, and Prime Now.

Amazon Lockers will be available in select Whole Foods Market stores. Customers can have products shipped from Amazon.com to their local Whole Foods Market store for pick up or send returns back to Amazon during a trip to the store.


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I've bought Amazon labeled HDMI cables, golf shirts (they're actually pretty good and no labeling, no logos, wicks moisture pretty good although a tad more abrasive on the skin) and batteries. Most cabling, I will go Anker or Monoprice. The list of products under the Amazonbasics name is long. Rechargeable batteries I went back to Eneloop.



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