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Is Amazon facing stiff competition from supermarkets?
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I've noticed in the past few months that the online stores of Tesco, Sainsburys & ASDA are comfortably beating Amazon on price for blu rays & CDs. Is it because they don't feature in Amazon's algorithm, or is Amazon confident that they cover only a small section of customers, or is it just not able to compete?

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As long as its below £15, I often buy blurays at Sainsbury just being impulsive.  Supermarkets only compete in the top 20, you are very limited what you can buy,  so don't think Amazon are too concerned.

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As long as its below £15, I often buy blurays at Sainsbury just being impulsive.  Supermarkets only compete in the top 20, you are very limited what you can buy,  so don't think Amazon are too concerned.

 

Agreed.  I saw Jaws for £15 at Morrisons today and if I was to purchase that is where I would buy it from.  I agree, I don't think Amazon are too concerned though, as long as they are beating or matching the likes of Play.com they will be quite happy.  I fear for people like Play.com though, I can't see how they are going to survive.

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RE: Is Amazon facing stiff competition from supermarkets?

I think BB was on about the online sections of the Supermarkets.

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laserman16 wrote:

I think BB was on about the online sections of the Supermarkets.

 

If he was then IMO it's not as simple as 'comfortably beating'. No one website beats amazon consistently across particular categories. Rarely do 2 websites beat them on an individual item. Most discs that I search for amazon are stil cheapest. And even if they are sometimes beaten on price they certainly are not 'unable to compete' as amazon's market is rather different: plenty of people will find a disc on amazon and buy it, without comparing prices with the competition. That will happen much less frequently with the supermarkets. 

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Paul Hobbs wrote:

As long as its below £15, I often buy blurays at Sainsbury just being impulsive.  Supermarkets only compete in the top 20, you are very limited what you can buy,  so don't think Amazon are too concerned.

 

Agreed.  I saw Jaws for £15 at Morrisons today and if I was to purchase that is where I would buy it from.  I agree, I don't think Amazon are too concerned though, as long as they are beating or matching the likes of Play.com they will be quite happy.  I fear for people like Play.com though, I can't see how they are going to survive.

Play are owned by a highly successful Japanese company now, kind of the Japanese equivalent of Amazon, very popular there. I used to buy quite regularly from Play, but haven't bought from them for some time as they're not as competitive as they used to be.

By the way gel, I was in Morrisons this morning, can't say I noticed any sharks though.  :help:

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Well, First Aid Kit's CD £8.99 on Amazon, and to my amazement, £8 in high street HMV...

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BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:

gel wrote:

Paul Hobbs wrote:

As long as its below £15, I often buy blurays at Sainsbury just being impulsive.  Supermarkets only compete in the top 20, you are very limited what you can buy,  so don't think Amazon are too concerned.

 

Agreed.  I saw Jaws for £15 at Morrisons today and if I was to purchase that is where I would buy it from.  I agree, I don't think Amazon are too concerned though, as long as they are beating or matching the likes of Play.com they will be quite happy.  I fear for people like Play.com though, I can't see how they are going to survive.

Play are owned by a highly successful Japanese company now, kind of the Japanese equivalent of Amazon, very popular there. I used to buy quite regularly from Play, but haven't bought from them for some time as they're not as competitive as they used to be.

By the way gel, I was in Morrisons this morning, can't say I noticed any sharks though.  :help:

 

Laughing  

 

I'm a big fan of Play.com but when you look at Indiana Jones box set at about £43 - no one is going to buy it there.  Last time I bought from Play was to buy some cheap Animal clothes.  My sister was saying today she has been waiting up to two weeks for orders that should be there within five days.  Just as well they are owned by this successful Japanese company now.

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BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:

gel wrote:

Paul Hobbs wrote:

As long as its below £15, I often buy blurays at Sainsbury just being impulsive.  Supermarkets only compete in the top 20, you are very limited what you can buy,  so don't think Amazon are too concerned.

 

Agreed.  I saw Jaws for £15 at Morrisons today and if I was to purchase that is where I would buy it from.  I agree, I don't think Amazon are too concerned though, as long as they are beating or matching the likes of Play.com they will be quite happy.  I fear for people like Play.com though, I can't see how they are going to survive.

Play are owned by a highly successful Japanese company now, kind of the Japanese equivalent of Amazon, very popular there. I used to buy quite regularly from Play, but haven't bought from them for some time as they're not as competitive as they used to be.

By the way gel, I was in Morrisons this morning, can't say I noticed any sharks though.  :help:

 

Btw - I was in Morrisons this morning too - that is freaky! Not many good deals today.   Smile  Had a quick pop in Blockbuster - The Dark Knight Rises still £14 to pre-order and went in Pound Stretcher too.

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I was in Poundstretcher first, but I've been ill this week, and had to abandon it to get to the nearest toilet in double quick time.

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There was a time when my main purchase was from Amazon. But recently, all my orders have been from an online store of a supermarket:

Tesco - James Bond Collection, Avengers boxset, The Raid blu ray (brilliant film, by the way), Prometheus and Now 82 CD.

Asda - 300 (bought only last week), Super 8, Thor, Captain America and Now that's what I call running CD

Sainsburys - Christopher Nolan collection (pre-ordered), Ghost rider 2, Ultimate bourne collection, Star Wars complete saga, Tangled and Now 83 (pre-ordered)

At each instance, they were significantly cheaper than Amazon.

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As you suggested BB, maybe they're not in Amazon's algorithm. I'm sure if Amazon were taking any kind of hit from the supermarkets, they'd react; so maybe they don't see the supermarkets as competition at the moment.

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gel wrote:
Last time I bought from Play was to buy some cheap Animal clothes.

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gel wrote:
Last time I bought from Play was to buy some cheap Animal clothes.

 

 

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gel wrote:
Last time I bought from Play was to buy some cheap Animal clothes.

It's a good look if you can pull it off Andrew.  :P

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gel wrote:
Last time I bought from Play was to buy some cheap Animal clothes.

 

Hmm, I think he may have been referring to cheep animal clothes:

 

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