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Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:16 pm    Post subject: Why Amazon Will Win This Season  

With Thanksgiving drawing to a close and Black Friday shopping gathering steam, this is clearly a retail weekend. Brick-and-mortar outlets, such as Target Corp (NYSE:TGT - News), BestBuy Inc (NYSE:BBY - News), Macy’s Inc. (NYSE:M - News) and Kohl’s Corp (NYSE:KSS - News) opened their stores at midnight yesterday, vying with each other to catch the first shoppers. Shoppers, too, have been lining up to bust the doors for the best of the selection and deals.

While consumer dollars will no doubt pour in, this year is different from others. Mainly because a number of traditional retailers, such as Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS - News) and J.C. Penney Company (NYSE:JCP - News) have not been doing so well and may not have promo offers available for long. Consumers on their part are also more cautious and have started comparing the offline shopping experience to the online one.

The main (and possibly the only) advantage for offline retail is the fact that shoppers can see, touch or feel their products before purchase. But during rush hours such as this, the scope for this connection also gets limited.

On the other hand, the online experience, while not allowing this personal connection, does enable effective comparison shopping without queuing, waiting and wastage of time. Okay, so actual delivery does take a bit of time. But since Christmas is still a month away, this is not such a big problem.

The convenience aside, there are many other reasons why consumers are likely to do more shopping online this year.

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Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:24 pm    Post subject: Amazon traffic up a lot - ebay a bit  

Just checked the Alexa ratings.
Amazon has gone from 15 this time last year to 11 this year, that is a big jump.

Ebay has gone from 21 this time last year to 20 a small jump.

You can see why ebay are pushing their weekly listing specials.
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Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:25 am    Post subject:  

Go to amazon's facebook - there are dozens/hundreds of complaints about technical difficulties leading to inability to order (or at least order at the right price) - seems like they were not prepared for today in terms of back-end support.
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Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Why Amazon Will Win This Season  

I really don't know why Amazon would sell the most as every time I look on it the prices are way too high. I sell also and when I check some of my items price against Amazon they are about 10 times higher. I have checked out some of my toys which I have for $10 - $20 and theirs are $100 or more. That is crazy. Who would buy that doll if they could have mine? My items always work and are in good to great condition.
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Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:52 pm    Post subject:  

There is no way I would sell on Amazon
I have heard that they screw over small sellers.
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