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Canadian residents cannot partake in the free e-book lending service for Kindle or TV/movie streaming

The brick-and-mortar stores have spent years battling Amazon for its low prices, lack of tax collection, cheap/fast shipping, etc. But now, Target has announced that it will match Amazon and certain other competitor's online prices year-round.

Target said that it will now match the prices of rival websites year-round including Amazon, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Best Buy.

Target typically does this over the holiday season, such as its most recent price match program from November 1 through December 16. However, as online shopping continues to grow in the U.S., the company is embracing this method year-round.

According to Target, it will offer a price match when a customer purchases an eligible product at a Target store and finds the same item for a lower price in the following week's Target ad or a local competitor's printed ad. It will also offer a price match if a customer finds the same item for a lower price within one week at the website of one of the above-mentioned competitors.

While this gives Target a competitive edge, Amazon isn't sitting put while rivals rise to the occasion. Amazon recently expanded its Prime services to Canada, where residents can pay the $79 annual fee for guaranteed two-day shipping.

However, unlike the U.S. version of Amazon Prime, Canadian residents cannot partake in the free e-book lending service for Kindle or TV/movie streaming. Amazon said it isn't planning on offering these options in Canada.

Amazon Prime launched in the U.S. in 2005 and typically costs $79 per year, but the e-tailer recently launched a monthly subscription option as well for $7.99.

Sources: Times Colonist, Yahoo News

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wakey wakey
By smitty123 on 1/8/2013 12:16:29 PM , Rating: 2 is a joke and amazon prime are quite useless in its form in canada right now.

Lame product selection and prime only gives us the 2 day shipping advantage ?

i think we can do better than that!

Frankly i can wait a week for most of the junk they have on the .ca site and if i need something i'll just find it on the .com site or go to a store directly.

But now that target is finally coming to canada (RIP Zellers), i bet we'll see amazon readjust themselves and give better service.

As for amazon prime not streaming tv/movies here, hey amazon! put those lobbyists to good use!

Laws can be changed.

i just want the same service and fair prices.

otherwise why get amazon prime? And with Target coming here and matching prices, why even buy on amazon anymore?

Good luck you're gonna need it!


RE: wakey wakey
By nafhan on 1/8/2013 1:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
Lame product selection and prime only gives us the 2 day shipping advantage
American here so this may not apply... but one of the big advantages of Prime, for me, is getting free shipping without having to buy $25 worth of stuff. This makes Amazon a lot more useful for buying little things - like a single book.

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