I'm a little confused by the article. So how is the change of heart on taxes related to same-day delivery? Is it because it'll be easier to get permits for building the distribution centers if they're paying into the state's economy?
"If Amazon removes that advantage, the few big box stores that are left could die -- right? "
Good riddance, then. Poor service, constant out-of-stock status for popular items, complete lack of SKUs that aren't highly popular, low-quality items pushed hard by sales drones, worthless but expensive "extended warranty" pressure... I see no reason the remaining big box retailers should survive. I've gotten excellent customer service from Amazon even though they have no brick-and-mortar presence. If the box box stroes were that good, I'd support them, but the best thing I have to say about them is "they suck."
Sacky, it is related to same-day delivery because if they pay their taxes they can open a distributions center in that state. For Same-day delivery to work, the closer the center to the customer the faster the customer gets their order.
I shop for price. If Amazon's no~tax gets it to me cheaper, that is who I buy from. Newegg doesn't charge tax here either.
Most brick and mortar stores don't have the goods I want anyways. If they do, they want too much for it. I can wait a few days for delivery.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
realneil:Most brick and mortar stores don't have the goods I want anyways. If they do, they want too much for it. I can wait a few days for delivery
Exactly, trying to buy quality components is nearly impossible at a retail store, and like you said what they do have is way over priced, or out dated.
Interesting really and it also leans exactly where I have seen it going for some time. If you do not need to refrigerate it or try it on prior to purchasing it the need for many, many things disappear in a retail environment for most. Oh and realneil do you not have Fry's or Microcenter there yet? Fry's directly matches all pricing internet included and Microcenter may be a few dollars more on many things than the net but if you need it now they often have a lot of hardware like 10 miles from me generally.
Either way I give much of what we know as retail 5-10 years as it currently exists same for print media in many cases and television as well we are coming on the cusp of the information age I think where it becomes the norm and a lot of things from the 70's-80's start disappearing.
Microcenter has awesome deals on CPUs, sadly there isn't one near me :(, but i am willing to travel... :D
No frys either :(
The ONLY thing Amazon cannot replace, is the ability to go into the store, and actually look at, test/handle the item that you are interested in. Yes, online makes it easy, and cheaper- though unless you really know that it IS the item you want. Sometimes, things are marketed nice, but junk when you finally get ahold of it for yourself.
Darn, no Fry's or Micro Center near me. Would have been nice, but oh well.
I feel like even after taxes amazon will be cheaper for a lot of the things I buy. For example, a relatively new blu-ray is always ~$40 in a retail store, but amazon seems to have a permanent 25%-50% discount on movies. A tax can't bridge that gap.
I do not see retail going anywhere, convenience is a big thing and people will gladly pay for it. Me included on most occasions. That said, at least in Canada, price matching is aggressive enough that I do not even need to worry about online deals. I only need to hop online for stuff stores do not carry because it is too niche.
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