Wal-Mart Gives Amazon Kindle Products the Boot
September 20, 2012 11:55 PM
comment(s) - last by
Competition between the two has come to this
Wal-Mart reported that it will no longer sell Amazon's e-readers and tablets online or at its brick-and-mortar stores.
Amazon, which makes Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets, had its products booted from Wal-Mart due to the fact that Amazon is a strong competitive force against brick-and-mortar stores.
Physical retail stores like Wal-Mart and Target have faced tough competition against Amazon in recent years. The huge e-tailer has offered the same products at lower prices, (often) no sales tax and for fast, cheap delivery.
This obviously made it hard for the brick-and-mortars to compete. Stores like Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target complained that Amazon's lack of
sales tax collection
in most U.S. states was unfair, leading to more and more states demanding that Amazon start collecting (mainly to cover the states' own budget crisis').
At long last, Wal-Mart and friends got their wish when Amazon agreed to start including sales tax in customer orders; however, the e-tailer did so in exchange for more distribution centers throughout the U.S. so that it could
launch a same-day shipping feature
-- a whole new competitive edge in favor of Amazon.
To top it all off, Amazon's e-readers and tablets have been a hit. In fact, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet has been the only other tab to take a chunk out of the iPad's market share.
Amazon just announced a whole
new generation of Kindle Fire tablets
(Kindle Fire HD), including an updated $199 7-inch Fire; an 8.9-inch version for $299, and a 4G LTE model for $499. On top of that, Amazon is offering 250MB of bandwidth per month, 20GB of cloud storage space, and a $10 in Appstore credit for only $50 per year.
It's easy to see why Wal-Mart is a little upset. It's competition is growing and offering even better offers all the time, leaving the brick-and-mortars in the dust. But there is another side to this -- the Kindle Fire was the hottest holiday gift in Q4 2011, racking up tons of sales for not only Amazon, but the physical stores like Wal-Mart too. With the Kindle Fire HD line launching either September 14 or November 20, Wal-Mart could lose out on
the huge sales
that these tablets could potentially draw.
Target stopped selling the Amazon Kindle line this past Spring as well.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
9/21/2012 12:33:32 AM
It's understandable.... I'm sure Walmart and others would be glad to carry the kindle at the reduced price if it was their shopping portal that was advertised on it so aggressively. If its digging into the sale of competing tablets with higher profit margines and not returning that revenue in other forms such as online shopping as it is doing for amazon it quickly becomes obvious why they wouldn't want to carry such a product which is then only good to bring in foot traffic.
Though I hate ads, Amazon should actually consider tayloring the advertising and product suggestions to also mirror each of the big retailers selling them like Walmart, target, maybe even Costco. Since they aren't trying to make their money on the sale of the kindle hardware it would stand to reason they would have no interest in that type of a setup especially since it would be aiding their etailor rivals. In the end amazon will probably be content with selling its kindles solely through their online portal if it came to that.
"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
Amazon Reveals $299 8.9" Kindle Fire HD, $499 LTE Model with $50 Yearly Data Plan
September 6, 2012, 2:05 PM
Amazon Kindle Fire Sold Out, Alleged Image of Next Generation Tablet Leaked
August 30, 2012, 2:35 PM
Amazon to Offer Same-Day Delivery, Could Pummel Brick-and-Mortar Retailers
July 12, 2012, 12:33 PM
Amazon to Collect Sales Tax in New Jersey Beginning July 1, 2013
May 31, 2012, 3:31 PM
UK Teachers Want Parents to Cut-Off Their Children's Internet, Tablet Use at Night
April 17, 2014, 3:40 PM
Quick Note: Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android Launches
April 17, 2014, 9:26 AM
Report: Apple Plans to Integrate Shazam Song Finding Functionality into Siri
April 17, 2014, 9:15 AM
Bring Your Own Battery: LG Isai FL Likely is G3, First U.S. Quad-HD Android
April 16, 2014, 7:38 PM
Project Moonshine: Google's Plan to Flatten Android App Icons Leaks
April 16, 2014, 1:46 PM
Apple, Microsoft, and Major U.S. Wireless Carriers Embrace Smartphone "Kill Switch"
April 16, 2014, 10:08 AM
Most Popular Articles
Cities to Carpoolers: Sharing Your Car is Illegal, We Will Seize Your Cars
April 4, 2014, 9:17 PM
A-10 Warthog May Live to Fight Another Day with Support from Lawmakers
April 14, 2014, 9:41 AM
EFF: NSA May Have Used IRC Botnets to Exploit Heartbleed for Last Two Years
April 14, 2014, 4:43 PM
Quick Note: Toyota Attempts to Erase “Boring” Image with ’15 Camry SE Hybrid
April 16, 2014, 11:36 AM
A Bug's Life: Female Cave Bugs Have Penises, Penetrate Males for Three Days
April 17, 2014, 7:20 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information