Target and other stores have a problem with a simple solution. They can not compete with Amazon on price. They simple don’t have the over head of running thousands of stores all over the country. They have an advantage that. Amazon simple doesn’t have. The shopper is sitting in the sore with his hands on the product. MAKE A DEAL!. I bet in most cases they wouldn’t even have to meet Amazon’s price. If they can get a little off and have it RIGHT NOW is HUGE!
Even better keep selling the Kindle, but every time someone seems interested, in one, offer and on the spot unadvertised discount for a competitor’s product. Use Kindles to sell IPads. Home sellers have been doing this for EVER. You notice an open house one week end and that is exactly when your yard sign goes up.
Basically it comes down to Target forgetting how to sell. If you have an interested buy IN YOUR STORE, with the product IN HIS HAND, and you can’t figure out a away for him to leave with it, then YOU ARE THE WORST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD.
Target, signaling its growing irritation with its rival Amazon, announced on Wednesday that it would stop selling the online retailer’s Kindle e-readers.Enlarge This Image Matthew Staver/Bloomberg NewsUnpacking Kindle Fires at a Target in Denver in November. Target has sold Kindles since 2010.Add to PortfolioAmazon.com IncTarget CorporationGo to your Portfolio »Target, with almost 1,800 stores, is one of the bigger carriers of Kindles in the offline world, though most of the devices are sold at Amazon’s Web site.Like other big retailers, Target has been trying to figure out how to stop Amazon shoppers from visiting Target stores to check out products, and then buy them online from Amazon. It is a practice encouraged by Amazon; over the Christmas holiday, for example, the company offered a promotion on its Price Check app that gave shoppers 5 percent off any item scanned at a store.
via Target, Upset With Amazon, Will Stop Selling Kindles – NYTimes.com.
Dap: NY Times
The anticipated Amazon AppStore went live to day. And today only AngryBirds Rio is free. (I’m totally addicted to Angry birds)
Apple filed it’s response with the US District Court of Northern California.
Over the last year, Netflix has gone from a mail-order DVD subscription service to a streaming Internet video service. In the companys last quarterly report, it announced that streaming had surpassed DVDs as the preferred method for content delivery and just last month it began offering a streaming-only option in the U.S.Seeing this success, then, it doesnt come as a surprise that Amazon – the worlds largest Internet retailer – is looking to make a subscription-based, streaming-only option of its own to compete with Netflix.
via Amazon Working on Rival to Netflix Streaming-Only Subscription Service.
If all of the content that is available in Amazon VOD is available for the
there their subscription service, THIS WOULD BE MONSTER.
Similar to Verizon’s bold move it looks as it Amazon may be considering to launch it’s on App store on Android devices. To compete with Google’s own, and Verizon’s VCAST app store the Amazon app store will offer some perks to developers as well. The online retailer will allegedly pay a royalty “equal to the greater of 70 percent of the purchase price or 20 percent of the List Price.” This “List Price” is said to help protect Amazon against the developers offering their apps for cheaper on the other markets.
via Amazon also considering it’s own Android App Store | Android Community.
I see this working in concert with Google’s App store. Google would be the place where anyone could get there foot in the door and providing paid or ad supported apps. And Amazon, would be the place where curated apps could be found, being of higher quality because Amazons recommendation engine would engine could weed out the dregs. Not to mention they receive payments in more places than Google checkout.