Target to Price Match Amazon, Amazon Prime Comes to Canada
January 8, 2013 10:52 AM
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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,
, 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
. 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.
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RE: Lucky Pricks
1/8/2013 3:20:11 PM
That is a pretty fatalistic post.
I don't think America is going to become anything other than the greatest country in the world anytime soon. There is nowhere else on the planet that is as accepting of the fact we are a melting pot of culture, religion and ethnicity. Like anything, it isn't perfect, but nobody else is even close. This allows us to harbor the brightest minds in the world use their minds freely.
Regarding Canada, its not that they lack freedom (in fact they have more freedom in some cases) but they have a one-sided government that thinks they have the peoples best interests in mind, when in the end they are hurting the corporations and services these people depend on with various legislation and restrictions to growth.
The flaws in the United States' position in the world do hold us back (the Iraq war being the most obvious recent one) but nothing is perfect.
RE: Lucky Pricks
1/8/2013 5:11:29 PM
We must travel in different circles.
Many if not most of the people we socialize with are afraid for the future of the USA and are seriously talking of the pros and cons of Ecuador, or Costa Rica, or Belize, or wherever.
NEVER in my life have I ever seen such angst and such a powerful desire on the part of many to leave this country and its dysfunctional government and electorate behind.
For various reasons, America DID lead the world in numerous ways over the past century. But you have to be blind to not see how decline has set in. And many think it's irreversible at this point.
RE: Lucky Pricks
1/8/2013 11:54:18 PM
Cuba looks promising too.
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