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2020-07-11 9:03:36 AM  
I can shop nekkid at Amazon.
 
2020-07-11 9:18:48 AM  
... or a the Dollar Store
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2020-07-11 9:45:50 AM  
Oh sure, subby you say that now.  But who gets to register on all those lists for the indecent exposure conviction?
 
2020-07-11 11:11:24 AM  

oldernell: I can shop nekkid at Amazon.


You can do that at Walmart as well... briefly.
 
2020-07-11 1:09:12 PM  
Last I checked Walmarts online shopping experience is terrible. Target really upped their game with their app notifications and curbside pickup. Amazon is well.... delivering packages next day.
 
2020-07-11 1:19:42 PM  
Walmart has a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG way to go to get even close to the quality of Amazon's online storefront.
Walmart.com is like trying to navigate the local flea market 30 mins past closing time.
 
2020-07-11 1:27:28 PM  
That article was a terrible read.  So the accompanying picture being just a blur was very apropos.
 
2020-07-11 1:49:32 PM  
Five to eight years too late.
 
2020-07-11 2:00:27 PM  

haterade: Last I checked Walmarts online shopping experience is terrible. Target really upped their game with their app notifications and curbside pickup. Amazon is well.... delivering packages next day.


Walmart's grocery ordering set up has gotten a lot better. But shopping on their main site is still a mess.
 
2020-07-11 2:05:20 PM  
People of Walmart+?
 
2020-07-11 2:10:22 PM  
Was there a point to that article?
 
2020-07-11 2:13:57 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Was there a point to that article?


Consume
 
2020-07-11 2:40:29 PM  
If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+
 
2020-07-11 2:43:31 PM  

Alwysadydrmr: haterade: Last I checked Walmarts online shopping experience is terrible. Target really upped their game with their app notifications and curbside pickup. Amazon is well.... delivering packages next day.

Walmart's grocery ordering set up has gotten a lot better. But shopping on their main site is still a mess.


I've been ordering a lot of grocery items from Walmart as amazon decided to cancel most of my orders( not sure why amazon can't figure out what they have in their warehouse any more) . Walmart will deliver in 2 days if you order $35.
 
2020-07-11 2:47:03 PM  

anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+


I doubt streaming will continue to be part of amazon prime long term.
 
2020-07-11 3:13:57 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: That article was a terrible read.  So the accompanying picture being just a blur was very apropos.


It was more like some guy's blog that sucked.
 
2020-07-11 3:16:06 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+

I doubt streaming will continue to be part of amazon prime long term.


Really? Why? Additional revenue stream or Prime will become too expensive (too consumers or to Amazon) to keep bundled?

I think it'd be a bad move if they don't do it soon. Walmart will close ground on fast free delivery. They're already good at supply chain, it's just a matter of time. Video bundled with Prime is a differentiator that would be really expensive for Walmart to develop to a level to compete with Prime.
 
2020-07-11 3:17:02 PM  
Back when Netflix was killing Blockbuster, I was doing the DVDs in the mail. Blockbuster failed to buy Netflix but actually launched a very good mail thingy. I actually dropped Netflix. You could return the DVDs to your local Blockbuster and trade them for what they had in the store. So you didn't have the lag time with the mail. You could browse the store and end up taking something that wasn't even on your queue just because the mood hit you for something else as you browsed. It was nice.

But too little, too late. The store closed less than a year after I switched and the closest one was far enough away that it was no longer convenient, and expected to close too. So I switched back.

Amazon really has very efficient mail delivery and return for most things. There are ocasional hassles. But if Walmart could leverage the fact that they have physical stores for people to make returns, get immediate credit and grab something else right then and there, it may be worthwhile for people who live close to their stores.
 
2020-07-11 3:22:38 PM  

The Ocho: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+

I doubt streaming will continue to be part of amazon prime long term.

Really? Why? Additional revenue stream or Prime will become too expensive (too consumers or to Amazon) to keep bundled?

I think it'd be a bad move if they don't do it soon. Walmart will close ground on fast free delivery. They're already good at supply chain, it's just a matter of time. Video bundled with Prime is a differentiator that would be really expensive for Walmart to develop to a level to compete with Prime.


Plus their demographic are more RedBox
 
2020-07-11 3:26:31 PM  

kbronsito: Back when Netflix was killing Blockbuster, I was doing the DVDs in the mail. Blockbuster failed to buy Netflix but actually launched a very good mail thingy. I actually dropped Netflix. You could return the DVDs to your local Blockbuster and trade them for what they had in the store. So you didn't have the lag time with the mail. You could browse the store and end up taking something that wasn't even on your queue just because the mood hit you for something else as you browsed. It was nice.

But too little, too late. The store closed less than a year after I switched and the closest one was far enough away that it was no longer convenient, and expected to close too. So I switched back.

Amazon really has very efficient mail delivery and return for most things. There are ocasional hassles. But if Walmart could leverage the fact that they have physical stores for people to make returns, get immediate credit and grab something else right then and there, it may be worthwhile for people who live close to their stores.


Blockbuster was killing Netflix at the DVD by mail business. Luckily for Netflix, Carl Icahn fired the Blockbuster CEO for wasting money doing this and eliminated the program to double down on their brick and mortar business.
 
2020-07-11 3:28:57 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+

I doubt streaming will continue to be part of amazon prime long term.


Amazon streaming is good for when you really want to watch a shiatty horror or sci-fi movie
 
2020-07-11 3:35:54 PM  
Amazon needs to start doing some quality control on the products they offer or someone is going to end up eating their lunch. Maybe I'm alone in this, but I've started looking elsewhere bc I've gotten sick of trying to wade through a sea of cheap Chinese knockoffs every time I shop on Amazon.
 
2020-07-11 3:55:06 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Alwysadydrmr: haterade: Last I checked Walmarts online shopping experience is terrible. Target really upped their game with their app notifications and curbside pickup. Amazon is well.... delivering packages next day.

Walmart's grocery ordering set up has gotten a lot better. But shopping on their main site is still a mess.

I've been ordering a lot of grocery items from Walmart as amazon decided to cancel most of my orders( not sure why amazon can't figure out what they have in their warehouse any more) . Walmart will deliver in 2 days if you order $35.


I've been doing the same thing since the beginning of this year, often Amazon is out of stock on what we want... So I've been using all 3 - Walmart, Amazon and Target

Walmart is terrible. Items come damaged, often. Wrong items ALL the time. Orders broke up into multiple shipments that arrive over the course of many days. There is no Amazon method for returning damaged or wrong items.

Target is much better - but they often are out of stock on what we want and need too

Amazon has been difficult getting what we want and need too - prices have gone up, and you really have to check them now... Sometimes they can be as much as 50% higher than other places
 
2020-07-11 3:59:48 PM  
I've been ordering a lot of grocery items from Walmart as amazon decided to cancel most of my orders( not sure why amazon can't figure out what they have in their warehouse any more) . Walmart will deliver in 2 days if you order $35.

This. I order all of my canned and dry goods this way. It's about the same price as in store, you can get odd things that you have discovered over the years but aren't always in the store (like those wonderful spicy dill pickles and a particular canned chili that only occasionally shows up on an endcap and my favorite diet sodas which seems to be out of stock everywhere) and I trim a couple hours a week off my shopping (I live out in the sticks and drive time to town is twenty minutes). And if you order something in a jar or a bottle it comes in this neat foam sleeve. No extra charge.
 
2020-07-11 4:19:57 PM  

anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+


According to Wikipedia, they still own Vudu.
 
2020-07-11 4:29:26 PM  

Copperbelly watersnake: Amazon needs to start doing some quality control on the products they offer or someone is going to end up eating their lunch. Maybe I'm alone in this, but I've started looking elsewhere bc I've gotten sick of trying to wade through a sea of cheap Chinese knockoffs every time I shop on Amazon.


True- we already have Wish and Aliexpress for cheaply-made things.
 
2020-07-11 4:36:14 PM  

haterade: Last I checked Walmarts online shopping experience is terrible. Target really upped their game with their app notifications and curbside pickup. Amazon is well.... delivering packages next day.


Their online grocery shopping is pretty good. The last time we were at Disney World we had a suite with a kitchen, so we set up a big grocery order for curbside pickup and I set up a Lyft route that was a big circle that had a stop at Wal-Mart. The car rolled up to a stall, I called the number posted, and they brought it right out.

My driver was pretty impressed by how I was able to set it up like a well-oiled machine. They are used to having to just drop people off or wait out in the parking lot with the meter running for people to do their shopping.
 
2020-07-11 4:42:49 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+

I doubt streaming will continue to be part of amazon prime long term.

Amazon streaming is good for when you really want to watch a shiatty horror or sci-fi movie


But they have Spaceballs, Buckaroo Banzai, and Galaxy Quest.

Not sure where you stand on Beastmaster. It is bad, but it is a fun bad.
 
2020-07-11 4:43:04 PM  

GardenWeasel: oldernell: I can shop nekkid at Amazon.

You can do that at Walmart as well... briefly.


Just to prove you wrong, I did an image search for "naked Walmart shopper", and OH GOD, MY EYES! IT BURNS!
 
2020-07-11 5:45:32 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Was there a point to that article?


Yeah, this. I opened it up figuring that I'd see what Walmart was offering in contrast to Prime. Nothing, nothing, now I'm skimming, now you're talking about your kids and your buddy and WTF, dude?
 
2020-07-11 6:20:42 PM  
I hope Target's online presence is better because their in-store experience has gone through the floor.   They "renovated" ours last year and it's a disaster now in just about every way measurable.
 
2020-07-11 6:26:22 PM  

haterade: Last I checked Walmarts online shopping experience is terrible. Target really upped their game with their app notifications and curbside pickup. Amazon is well.... delivering packages next day.


Amazon Prime is very hit or miss on delivery. Occasionally I get a next day delivery, but more often than not, they can't even get it here in two days. Several times recently, they couldn't even get it here two days after the original promised delivery date. So 5 days after ordering.
 
2020-07-11 6:27:57 PM  
Amazon claims the "two day shipping" is "two days from when they ship it" which is inane.   Further, it's a lie anyhow.
 
2020-07-11 6:56:44 PM  
Which is more immoral, ordering from Walmart or ordering from Amazon?
 
2020-07-11 7:08:27 PM  

Al Tsheimers: haterade: Last I checked Walmarts online shopping experience is terrible. Target really upped their game with their app notifications and curbside pickup. Amazon is well.... delivering packages next day.

Amazon Prime is very hit or miss on delivery. Occasionally I get a next day delivery, but more often than not, they can't even get it here in two days. Several times recently, they couldn't even get it here two days after the original promised delivery date. So 5 days after ordering.


Their shipping times have been less predictable during this whole coronavirus outbreak. Demand for online shopping has increased significantly due to in-person retail being closed during shutdowns (and now with many customers still preferring to stay at home), and air shipping packages ASAP on passenger flights has become much less of a possibility.

Outside of work, I only use it for random stuff that might be hard to find locally, and always try to use that Amazon Smile thing they have that donates a tiny amount of their profits to charities.
 
2020-07-11 7:22:27 PM  

MBZ321: anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+

According to Wikipedia, they still own Vudu.


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Not anymore.
 
2020-07-11 7:37:19 PM  

MBZ321: anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+

According to Wikipedia, they still own Vudu.


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2020-07-11 7:40:29 PM  
Amazon Prime gives me a huge selection of badfilms and several monthly PC games via Twitch Prime at no additional cost. Walmart are going to have to work pretty hard to top that.
 
2020-07-11 8:01:39 PM  

HempHead: MBZ321: anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+

According to Wikipedia, they still own Vudu.

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Not anymore.


Weird..when I Googled it, in the wikipedia preview, it still showed as Walmart.
 
2020-07-11 8:29:55 PM  

cyberspacedout: Al Tsheimers: haterade: Last I checked Walmarts online shopping experience is terrible. Target really upped their game with their app notifications and curbside pickup. Amazon is well.... delivering packages next day.

Amazon Prime is very hit or miss on delivery. Occasionally I get a next day delivery, but more often than not, they can't even get it here in two days. Several times recently, they couldn't even get it here two days after the original promised delivery date. So 5 days after ordering.

Their shipping times have been less predictable during this whole coronavirus outbreak. Demand for online shopping has increased significantly due to in-person retail being closed during shutdowns (and now with many customers still preferring to stay at home), and air shipping packages ASAP on passenger flights has become much less of a possibility.

Outside of work, I only use it for random stuff that might be hard to find locally, and always try to use that Amazon Smile thing they have that donates a tiny amount of their profits to charities.


I have been using smile.amazon.com for a couple of years. Why not, right?
I always try to see if anyone sells it local. My local hardware store will do special orders for me, and their prices are only a little bit higher, if at all, than HD or Amazon. Ebay is good for hard to find items, if there is no hurry.
I go to Amazon if I need it real soonish. There is the frustration when they can't deliver.
 
2020-07-11 8:42:53 PM  

MBZ321: HempHead: MBZ321: anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+

According to Wikipedia, they still own Vudu.

[Fark user image image 850x428]
Not anymore.

Weird..when I Googled it, in the wikipedia preview, it still showed as Walmart.


The great thing about Wikipedia is that anyone can update it.
 
2020-07-11 9:05:24 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+

I doubt streaming will continue to be part of amazon prime long term.

Amazon streaming is good for when you really want to watch a shiatty horror or sci-fi movie


Or you have kids. They have a massive library of original kids shows that are really good, plus tons of other shows from other networks. Honestly Prime streaming is way better than Netflix at this point except for a few big name Netflix shows.
 
2020-07-11 11:02:50 PM  
I don't particularly like pushing my money to Bezos but there is no chance in hell I'm shipping it to the Arkansas crime family
 
2020-07-11 11:36:29 PM  

Al Tsheimers: cyberspacedout: Al Tsheimers: haterade: Last I checked Walmarts online shopping experience is terrible. Target really upped their game with their app notifications and curbside pickup. Amazon is well.... delivering packages next day.

Amazon Prime is very hit or miss on delivery. Occasionally I get a next day delivery, but more often than not, they can't even get it here in two days. Several times recently, they couldn't even get it here two days after the original promised delivery date. So 5 days after ordering.

Their shipping times have been less predictable during this whole coronavirus outbreak. Demand for online shopping has increased significantly due to in-person retail being closed during shutdowns (and now with many customers still preferring to stay at home), and air shipping packages ASAP on passenger flights has become much less of a possibility.

Outside of work, I only use it for random stuff that might be hard to find locally, and always try to use that Amazon Smile thing they have that donates a tiny amount of their profits to charities.

I have been using smile.amazon.com for a couple of years. Why not, right?
I always try to see if anyone sells it local. My local hardware store will do special orders for me, and their prices are only a little bit higher, if at all, than HD or Amazon. Ebay is good for hard to find items, if there is no hurry.
I go to Amazon if I need it real soonish. There is the frustration when they can't deliver.


If I really need something, nothing's faster than buying it in person. While online vendors might have a reputation for reliability, there's never a guarantee that you'll have the exact same experience the next time.

Besides, if FARK has taught us anything, it's that websites aren't the place to go if you need something soonish.
 
2020-07-11 11:53:12 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Amazon Prime gives me a huge selection of badfilms and several monthly PC games via Twitch Prime at no additional cost. Walmart are going to have to work pretty hard to top that.


They really oversold the value is prime video in the article. I've like watched one show to end on it and rest is terrible and trying to navigate it is just the worst. But hey, at least we finally get profiles.
 
2020-07-11 11:55:29 PM  

dukeblue219: Or you have kids.


Let's be honest, they would rather have access to Disney+.
 
2020-07-12 12:16:47 AM  
 
2020-07-12 12:20:42 AM  

cyberspacedout: Al Tsheimers: cyberspacedout: Al Tsheimers: haterade: Last I checked Walmarts online shopping experience is terrible. Target really upped their game with their app notifications and curbside pickup. Amazon is well.... delivering packages next day.

Amazon Prime is very hit or miss on delivery. Occasionally I get a next day delivery, but more often than not, they can't even get it here in two days. Several times recently, they couldn't even get it here two days after the original promised delivery date. So 5 days after ordering.

Their shipping times have been less predictable during this whole coronavirus outbreak. Demand for online shopping has increased significantly due to in-person retail being closed during shutdowns (and now with many customers still preferring to stay at home), and air shipping packages ASAP on passenger flights has become much less of a possibility.

Outside of work, I only use it for random stuff that might be hard to find locally, and always try to use that Amazon Smile thing they have that donates a tiny amount of their profits to charities.

I have been using smile.amazon.com for a couple of years. Why not, right?
I always try to see if anyone sells it local. My local hardware store will do special orders for me, and their prices are only a little bit higher, if at all, than HD or Amazon. Ebay is good for hard to find items, if there is no hurry.
I go to Amazon if I need it real soonish. There is the frustration when they can't deliver.

If I really need something, nothing's faster than buying it in person. While online vendors might have a reputation for reliability, there's never a guarantee that you'll have the exact same experience the next time.

Besides, if FARK has taught us anything, it's that websites aren't the place to go if you need something soonish.


But coronavirus has taught us that buying in person is dangerous due to the idiots who won't wear masks.
 
2020-07-12 1:12:12 AM  
Can they complete with Samsung video+? A whole channel dedicated to Bob Ross? This old house?
 
2020-07-12 3:33:18 AM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: anwserman: If they were wanting to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart shouldn't have sold off VUDU and instead keep it as part of Walmart+

I doubt streaming will continue to be part of amazon prime long term.


They do too much in-house to NOT bundle. They're using Prime numbers to make their video numbers look better...

However, their non-Amazon selection isn't exactly spectacular so it's not like there would have been a competition if Wal-Mart had kept Vudu around.
 
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