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(Yahoo)   Amazon.com is facing a new threat to its business in the form of brick-and-mortar stores, specifically Bed, Bath & Beyond   (finance.yahoo.com) divider line 28
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2013-08-20 11:35:46 PM
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2013-08-20 11:36:32 PM
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Reuters - A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado in this July 23, 2008, file photo. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files

That seems like a very specific caption for a file photo.
 
2013-08-20 11:38:21 PM
Amazon has never really had the lowest prices.  I've never purchased anything from them, but I suppose those who do do it just because they're used to it.

If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.
 
2013-08-20 11:58:37 PM

TuteTibiImperes: If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.


I buy from brick and mortar stores because I want to see what it is I'm actually getting.  One of the problems with buying stuff from the Sears catalog years ago was that things often looked a whole lot nicer in the catalog photographs, than they did in reality.  And I don't want to have to deal with all this returning stuff business.  As far as I'm concerned, going shopping at a bricks and mortar outlet is probably far less of a pain in the arse.
 
2013-08-21 12:01:20 AM
BBB 20% off coupons are great. I get refills for the soda stream for 13 bucks. You can't ship that item that cheaply.

Also, for other items you get to walk through and look at the items.
 
2013-08-21 12:02:04 AM
Yeah, but you have to drive there to get your goods.  Not gonna happen.
 
2013-08-21 12:06:17 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Amazon has never really had the lowest prices.  I've never purchased anything from them, but I suppose those who do do it just because they're used to it.

If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.


I use it for anything audio/video related and dog stuff. It's cheaper for both than pretty much any store. Plus the free 2-day shipping with Prime makes it pretty good (and Amazon Prime videos is a good 2nd option to Netflix). It's also got good prices on electronics and peripherals (got my new mouse for $8) and I can read customer reviews from people who actually purchased it rather than listen to some sales pitch.
 
2013-08-21 12:06:23 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Amazon has never really had the lowest prices.  I've never purchased anything from them, but I suppose those who do do it just because they're used to it.

If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.


I do it quite frequently for two reasons, one, the prices on things I purchase are quite good, especially when you factor in shipping costs, and two, I hate shopping.  Also, I get two-day shipping for "free" and can spring for one-day or even sometimes same-day if I'm in a hurry.
 
2013-08-21 12:07:45 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Amazon has never really had the lowest prices.  I've never purchased anything from them, but I suppose those who do do it just because they're used to it.

If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.


Amazon is fantastic for rural customers. The closest malls for me are Albuquerque and Flagstaff, both cities are more than three hours away. I can order something off Amazon and save a ton of money in gas, as well as time and sanity.
 
2013-08-21 12:09:51 AM
I usually refer to it as Bed, Bath & Buck$
 
2013-08-21 12:32:01 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Amazon has never really had the lowest prices.  I've never purchased anything from them, but I suppose those who do do it just because they're used to it.

If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.


I know, right? Like if I need a book, my local supermarket has dozens of them!
 
2013-08-21 12:33:42 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: TuteTibiImperes: Amazon has never really had the lowest prices.  I've never purchased anything from them, but I suppose those who do do it just because they're used to it.

If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.

Amazon is fantastic for rural customers. The closest malls for me are Albuquerque and Flagstaff, both cities are more than three hours away. I can order something off Amazon and save a ton of money in gas, as well as time and sanity.


I can see that.  I'll also add its great for urban customers.  I hate driving, and hate shopping at stores.  I have a Dollar General literally 2 blocks from my house.  I can look out the window and see it.  I *hate* driving there.  I can walk there, but that only allows me to get what I can carry home.

I'd rather get what I need on Amazon and other internet-based stores, if it saves me from driving 5 minutes.
 
2013-08-21 12:36:47 AM

Triumph: TuteTibiImperes: Amazon has never really had the lowest prices.  I've never purchased anything from them, but I suppose those who do do it just because they're used to it.

If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.

I know, right? Like if I need a book, my local supermarket has dozens of them!


I don't buy books, I go online, reserve a copy at my local library branch (or have them transfer it if it's at another branch) and swing by to pick it up.
 
2013-08-21 01:34:55 AM

downstairs: ecmoRandomNumbers: TuteTibiImperes: Amazon has never really had the lowest prices.  I've never purchased anything from them, but I suppose those who do do it just because they're used to it.

If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.

Amazon is fantastic for rural customers. The closest malls for me are Albuquerque and Flagstaff, both cities are more than three hours away. I can order something off Amazon and save a ton of money in gas, as well as time and sanity.

I can see that.  I'll also add its great for urban customers.  I hate driving, and hate shopping at stores.  I have a Dollar General literally 2 blocks from my house.  I can look out the window and see it.  I *hate* driving there.  I can walk there, but that only allows me to get what I can carry home.

I'd rather get what I need on Amazon and other internet-based stores, if it saves me from driving 5 minutes.


get a bike
 
2013-08-21 02:12:41 AM

Bucky Katt: downstairs: ecmoRandomNumbers: TuteTibiImperes: Amazon has never really had the lowest prices.  I've never purchased anything from them, but I suppose those who do do it just because they're used to it.

If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.

Amazon is fantastic for rural customers. The closest malls for me are Albuquerque and Flagstaff, both cities are more than three hours away. I can order something off Amazon and save a ton of money in gas, as well as time and sanity.

I can see that.  I'll also add its great for urban customers.  I hate driving, and hate shopping at stores.  I have a Dollar General literally 2 blocks from my house.  I can look out the window and see it.  I *hate* driving there.  I can walk there, but that only allows me to get what I can carry home.

I'd rather get what I need on Amazon and other internet-based stores, if it saves me from driving 5 minutes.

get a bike


Oh, I have one.  I'm just very insular.
 
2013-08-21 03:00:03 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: Amazon is fantastic for rural customers. The closest malls for me are Albuquerque and Flagstaff, both cities are more than three hours away. I can order something off Amazon and save a ton of money in gas, as well as time and sanity.


yup.

$80 a year gets me tons of movies to watch, plus free shipping. and that free shipping means I'm not stuck buying whatever the local walmart has.
 
2013-08-21 05:00:33 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: [l3.yimg.com image 626x472]

Reuters - A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado in this July 23, 2008, file photo. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files

That seems like a very specific caption for a file photo.


It's from the NSA's file.
 
2013-08-21 07:31:21 AM
Can BBB let me stream HD Teen Wolf? I didn't think so.
 
2013-08-21 08:54:36 AM
There are a lot of items, especially electronics, books and music (mostly entertainment items), that Amazon can offer cheaper than brick and mortar around here. However, anything that requires me to pay attention to detail (furniture, clothes, shoes, expensive items), I only shop local.
 
2013-08-21 09:35:04 AM
I will gladly pay a few extra bucks at Amazon to avoid having to enter overly crowded big box stores with horrible parking.  Big box stores destroyed shopping for me.
 
2013-08-21 09:35:55 AM
Bed, Bath & Beyotch is a vendor's worst nightmare. No matter what you do, expect 11% chargebacks. BB&B is notorious for charging back vendors for items that may or may not actually even exist. I've sold them while at two different vendors of two completely different products. Both places - 11% chargeback. When I first came on board at the second company (my current employer) I looked at the numbers and pulled the plug on the BB&B business. We were selling $3mil annually to them. We were making $31k after chargebacks. That's right 1% profit on sales.
I hate BB&B.
 
2013-08-21 10:29:00 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Amazon has never really had the lowest prices.  I've never purchased anything from them, but I suppose those who do do it just because they're used to it.

If I decide I need something, I go and buy it, I don't want to deal with waiting several days for shipping.


For me, it varies.  Some things I want to see/feel before I buy them; other things I don't care.  Since I'm a Prime customer, 2 day shipping is fine for almost everything I buy.
 
2013-08-21 11:12:57 AM
BB&B doesn't really compete directly with Amazon in Amazon's main market segments.  Sure, Amazon sells shower curtains and the like, but that's not really their main line of business.
 
2013-08-21 11:35:16 AM

Geotpf: BB&B doesn't really compete directly with Amazon in Amazon's main market segments.  Sure, Amazon sells shower curtains and the like, but that's not really their main line of business.


If it's just one retailer, it's no big deal.  But Amazon's business model is to undercut the competition on prices and run razor thin profit margins to drive brick-&-mortars out of business.  But now the B&B's are pushing back with their own revised business models as well as efforts to force online retailers to pay sales tax.  If enough of the retailers can do this, it will force Amazon to undercut them more (which will kill profits) or raise their own prices.
 
2013-08-21 12:16:53 PM
The nearest BB&B is about an hour's drive from me, about as far as a Costco and just about all the other major retail stores (a smaller town is about ten mins away and has all the necessities). So, about once a month or so I can head to the "big city" and pick up things I want.

I use Amazon, Newegg, and some car places occasionally, but I also like to shop around, look, feel, and get an idea of what's available and how much it costs. Yeah, I could research prices online, but that's too much like work.

I liked Amazon a lot more when they were mostly just books and media. Once they started selling refrigerators and stuff, it felt to me like they were trying to do too much. BB&B has always been a good store for me, but I rarely need the things they sell right now.

/...yawn...
 
2013-08-21 12:37:33 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I usually refer to it as Bed, Bath & Buck$


So I did a lot of moving recently, and my experience was this:

"Huh, I could really use something that did X"
*Heads to Ikea*
"Well, that might work kinda" OR "Nothing"
*Heads to BB&B*
"Oh, hey, that does exactly what I need.  It's super-expensive, but it works".
 
2013-08-21 12:43:00 PM

meyerkev: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I usually refer to it as Bed, Bath & Buck$

So I did a lot of moving recently, and my experience was this:

"Huh, I could really use something that did X"
*Heads to Ikea*
"Well, that might work kinda" OR "Nothing"
*Heads to BB&B*
"Oh, hey, that does exactly what I need.  It's super-expensive, but it works".


My experience exactly. I thought I was the only one that found useful items there.
 
2013-08-21 01:06:32 PM
Amazon is popular in AK as you simply can't get much of what it sells anywhere else and they don't jack you around on shipping. We don't have a BBB and I'm not sure if Anchorage does either. Even if they did, I don't know anyone willing to make a 360 mile drive to get incidentals.
 
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