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Old 01-21-2019, 04:16 PM   #1
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Should we keep saying that 'A' word?

I'm sure like me you spent the holidays with family and friends, well one of those for me happens to work as an executive for that 'A' company we all seem to want to buy things from these days. Me being a small business owner I asked him some questions mostly curious to see what his answers would be, many of them his response was I know that but sorry cannot share that info. One thing he did tell me I have to say concerns me and I think we should all think about it next time we just order from this 'A' company. He said that .51 of every 1.00 today spent on the internet is done through them and they still project growth.

Sorry but I don't think any company with this kind of monopoly is good for any of us so if this bothers you like it does me lets try and spread out our internet business.

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Old 01-21-2019, 06:24 PM   #2
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A company which has only half of a market is, by definition, not a monopoly. The market would likely benefit from more competition, but there certainly is competition; everyone who purchases from them is free to choose another online retailer.

One thing to consider: why does Amazon have such a large market share? They must do something better than most online retailers, or their customers would go to other retailers; are they cheaper, easier to use, easier to find? Simply buying something from another company at higher cost or with less convenience doesn't really accomplish much, in my opinion.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:26 PM   #3
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One thing to consider: why does Amazon have such a large market share?

Another consideration is after they have captured the market and put all the bricks and mortar stores out of business, will they raise prices so they can finally make money?
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:56 PM   #4
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I always like to buy local but many times it is just frustrating.

When I wanted to buy my hatches for the trailer I made two phone calls to a local manufacturer with no reply...just my time wasted waiting. I ended up getting twice the quality at a 3rd of the price from Amazon.

I have also had companies not want to sell to me because I am just a person off the street even though I can see the item in a bin behind them. Or they want me to buy 50 of them. Go to Amazon and it is right there for the picking in the quantity I want.

I also live in small city and not everything is available. To get it shipped in by Canada Post is a joke. I always have a list of small items to add to an order to make the $35 free shipping of Amazon.ca.

There are just a whole bunch of electronic stuff I can’t buy in any store in Canada. Radio Shack was long gone before Amazon filled the gap in supply.

Of course Amazon.ca is way more expensive than Amazon.com so I always start with another A company before Amazon. AliExpress generally has the small items I want with free shipping for much less than Amazon.ca.

So I do spread my business around when the locals are uncooperative.
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Don’t forget the W word that has had a similar dominance in the brick and mortar for years and the same debate has taken place with them. The W company is making huge strides to improving online sales with certain advantages over the A company. Anyway, competition appears to be live and well. Oh and we have to give an honorable mention to the T company as well.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:48 PM   #6
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Oh and we have to give an honorable mention to the T company as well.
Not in Canada. Target's attempted expansion to Canada was such a complete failure that it's used as a case study in business publications and commerce courses. That just demonstrates that even the big and successful companies can make mistakes, so there is always an opportunity for competitors which make better decisions.
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One thing to consider: why does Amazon have such a large market share? They must do something better than most online retailers, or their customers would go to other retailers...
I completely agree. I would love to see a whole slew of online retailers who can offer the same prices, selection and speed of delivery that Amazon does. The key to a healthy market isn't to try to regulate them or penalize their success, but to try and outdo them.
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Old 01-22-2019, 05:21 AM   #8
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So are we now looking at sales on the internet as a product or commodity? I ask that question because here is the definition of a Monopoly:

Monopoly definition, exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices.

As I mentioned I'm in the wholesale side of office furniture industry and when I talk to dealers especially ones that sell supplies as well easily their biggest problem is Amazon and how they are taking over that market. I wonder how many other COMMODITIES would say that? So sorry that is why I will have to disagree about your definition of a monopoly.

Will admit also been wondering if 'A' has 51% how much does 'W' have? Combine the two I think WOW!

My whole point is I think too many people today just go to 'A' for the convenience and or habit don't even bother to check the price.

Here is what I have learned, I search a product I want by its item number, this of course will give you several choices of where to buy that product, 'A' & 'W' are almost always included in the results you receive as several others. What I have learned is that 90% of the time the other (usually much smaller retailer) will match a price if you ask.

Lots of choices on the internet for good and services but if we all keep buying from just the 'A' and the 'W' when we shop on line those prices you think are so great bet that changes. Just my opinion of course.

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Old 01-22-2019, 05:29 AM   #9
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While growing up we had Sears and Montgomery Wards who were the retail giants, both are almost gone. But shopping was a hands on experience, something the A word does not allow.
I could spend hours inside the Craftsman tools section, seeing things I never knew existed but once seen I wanted one. The online experience is too focused on knowing what you want.
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We both read an interesting book about people that work at Amazon as seasonal employees, and live in RVs. Amazon calls them Camperworkers. Nomadland is the book and it makes us not want to shop at Amazon. Read the book, and get ready to meet the employees in Quartzsite and Ehrenburg and all over the AZ desert at the many rallies this winter.
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