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It's expected to be $10-$15 cheaper than Amazon Prime

Google is creating its own Amazon Prime-like service that is expected to be cheaper and offers same-day delivery.

Google's new service is called "Google Shopping Express," and will cost around $64-$69 a year -- which is $10-$15 cheaper than Amazon Prime's annual membership fee of $79.

Google Shopping Express will also have a same-day shipping option, like Amazon Prime. But same-day delivery for Google's new service will come from brick-and-mortar stores like Walmart, Target, Safeway and Walgreens.

Amazon is a competitor to brick-and-mortars, and a war broke out between the two when brick-and-mortar stores said it was unfair for online-only Amazon to skip on sales tax collection in certain states -- which allowed Amazon to offer better prices. While Amazon has started collecting taxes in some states, brick-and-mortars could also get a boost by partnering with Google in its new service.

This new venture is likely a result of Google's two recent acquisitions: BufferBox and Channel Intelligence. With BufferBox, Google can use the delivery lockers for easier shipment and Channel Intelligence's data-management platform could help keep sales and deliveries organized.

There's no word on when this service will launch.

Source: TechCrunch

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RE: Hmm..
By Rukkian on 3/5/2013 4:31:40 PM , Rating: 0
So you are saying Amazon will turn into a douche and patent online shopping? That is about the only way this relates in the least bit.

Amazon was not the first to have online shopping, they were not first to have same day, and as far as I know have not tried to patent online shopping to stop others from copying.

That said, I am not sure how this even compares to all of the other things amazon brings. Their customer service is one of the main reasons I use them as my first stop for pretty much all shopping. Add that to the fact that they are almost always one of the cheapest, and have a very easy to use website.

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