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Amazon to open brick-and-mortar store in NYC in time for the holidays

By Shawn Knight
Oct 9, 2014
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  1. Amazon already has an extensive collection of fulfillment centers, lockers and pop-up shipping containers scattered across the country. Soon enough, the online retail giant will be able to add a physical brick-and-mortar store to its resume if a new report...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,754   +1,107

    Wait... so the e-commerce behemoth who's been putting brick-and-mortar shops out of business for a decade is now building an actual store?! I'd expect this story on April 1st maybe, but not today.

    I know they have to keep growing and they need something. What else have they done? The Amazon Kindle does alright, doesn't it? But their phone is a joke. Their website is the go-to place for low quality knockoffs. Sure, the prices are great, and you can get free shipping sometimes, but plenty of their stuff is fake... you can't buy anything without reading through reviews.
     
  3. What do you mean by "plenty of their stuff is fake"?
     
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,566   +2,375

    Seconded.

    I've been buying stuff off of Amazon for years, no problems.
     
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,754   +1,107

    I should have been more specific, and I shouldn't exaggerate... some (not plenty) of their electronics stuff is fake. What happens is knockoff brands use the same SKU numbers as the real products and they all get mixed in the bins together. When you buy something like a phone charger for example, you may or may not get what you think you're buying. I once bought an HTC charger, the thing looked exactly like the ones I had gotten with my phones, but it charged my phone at half the speed. I plugged it into a KillaWatt and found that it was drawing only 3 watts instead of 5 like my other HTC chargers.
    Here's a news story about it I found quickly... I think Techspot had a story too at one point.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazon-struggling-to-keep-counterfeits-off-market-retailer-says/
     
  6. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    In about a decade of buying first books and now everything else from them I am yet to receive a knockoff item. I've seen reviews stating that people received a fake item, but those typically relate to Amazon Marketplace vendors.
     
  7. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    On a separate note - building a brick and mortar store would be a huge mistake.
     
  8. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    I guess they're going after the physical Walmart's and Target's now. I'm indifferent, and have no use for a physical store.

    However, I wish they'd focus less on expansion and focus more on streamlining the site, revamping their search features (far too irrelevant results) and do something about the over use of USPS with Amazon Prime.

    Pay extra for 2 day delivery, lucky if USPS shows up the same week.
     

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