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Amazon Likely To Have Physical Store Locations Soon


Amazon.com, the go-to online website for discounted products and lazy shoppers (myself included) is about to test out an actual physical store location to sell its products. If successful, you could soon have an Amazon store in your neighborhood. 

Amazon “sources” have talked to the website GoodEReader about the potential move into the physical realm. They say the online retailer is planning to open a retail store in Seattle, Washinton in a few months. “This project is a test to gauge the market and see if a chain of stores would be profitable,” according to GoodEReader. “They intend on going with the small boutique route with the main emphasis on books from their growing line of Amazon Exclusives and selling their e-readers and tablets.”

Seattle is already the headquarters of the company so it makes sense they’d start there. “A source has told us that they are not looking to launch a huge store with thousands of square feet,” they write. “Their intention is to mainly hustle their entire line of Kindle e-Readers and the Kindle Fire. They also will be stocking a ton of accessories such as cases, screen protectors, and USB adapters.”

Having recently started their own publishing division (launching officially in the Fall), the store would give them a chance to sell their own titles, titles that other book retailers are purposely boycotting. “Amazon launching their own store will give customers a way to physically buy books and also sample ebooks via WIFI when they are in a physical location.”

“The company has already contracted the design layout of the retail location through a shell company,” according to the source who say it will likely open when they launch their publishing division in the Fall or during the end-of-the-year holidays.

Having brick-and-mortar locations for Amazon would be interesting indeed. I shop with them as often as possible for their prices and convenience but there are times I’m out somewhere and make an impulse buy that ends up costing more. If there were an Amazon store with the same prices as online, I would certainly make shop there if I was already out and about. There’s just one potential hitch so far.

“They are starting out local and small mainly to test the waters with the new store, but also to figure out how they’re going to avoid paying massive taxes,” according to the site. “In the last few years, there has been a huge tax debate because Amazon sells things online and only pays State taxes if they have a distribution center within a particular location. Having a physical store means the company will have to start paying more taxes and they are currently working out the logistics and tax loopholes before they launch.”

What do you think of the idea of an Amazon store near you?

(via Robot 6)

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  • http://twitter.com/UnravThreads Kathryn

    I think Amazon really, really, really need to be hit with some legislation or trading rules, because they and supermarkets (like Wal-Mart in the US, Tesco in the UK) are just destroying absolutely everything in their path.

    Stores in towns are closing because they can’t compete with the lower prices of supermarkets/Amazon.
    Bookstores are losing sales due to perceptions of being “overpriced” when Amazon, The Book Depository etc can undercut them by dollars/pounds per book.

    You get the idea…

    The fact they’re focusing on their ereaders is really going to damage that market, and the book one too, because it’s not like they have any decent competition. There’s the Kobo and Nook as two of the bigger competitors, but it trails off quickly. It’ll be like Apple and the iPod – damaging and controlling the market as best they can.

    Amazon and its ilk are not doing anyone any favours, and even launching stores to focus “just” on their ereaders will have a negative impact.

  • http://twitter.com/tishalulle1 Marissa

    This totally reminds me of the most recent Percy Jackson book where the real Amazon’s are running Amazon and had a huge warehouse full of magical items for sale. 

  • Anonymous

    A physical location in your state would mean that you’d now be paying taxes on your purchase when ordering online. At least, that’s how it works in Louisiana.

  • http://twitter.com/UnravThreads Kathryn

    English here ;)

    We pay tax on ALL! of the things (or near enough – physical books are one of the few exceptions)

  • http://twitter.com/Ultrafem Lisa M. Hayes

    These big corps can never leave it alone. They’re on top, so they have to ruin themselves.

  • Anonymous

    This doesn’t make sense to me.  A lot of bookstores are already closing, so why open another one?  I know Amazon is perhaps a big reason for those closings, but now they’ll have to have stores and employees to run them, in addition to what they already have in place.  I’m not saying new jobs are a bad thing, but I’ve gotten used to buying books online.  Going down to a store where they might have what I’m looking for, when I can just stay home and go online where I know I’ll find it for sure, sounds like much less of a hassle.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cinerina Karina M

    Dear Borders,

    I spit on your grave.

    Love, Amazon Physical Bookstore

  • John Wao

    Shopping at Amazon is not being lazy it’s about saving gas and not polluting the environment. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

  • Anonymous

    Let them come to Saskatchewan, Canada, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/JinxyBlastwave Jinxy Blastwave

    When the Borders at Wall Street closed, the IQ of the entire neighborhood went down 50 points.  Whenever my soul crushing office job (the dreaded SCOJ!!!) sent me somewhere, on my way back I’d find a way to sneak in there for a minute and see if anything good had come out.  Or gone on sale.  OK mostly I robbed them of their sale items… don’t tell anyone.

    The idea of a physical store built around selling their e-reader sounds like a strange business model, but it’s got to be a similar model to standalone cell phone stores, no?  A one time sale (the phone) with the purpose of seeing additional money coming in on the back end (the phone bill).  I don’t know if it will work out, but it’s not as weird an idea as it sounds at first blush.

  • Anonymous

    If these stores do open up, they should be called “Screw Barnes and Noble” because that seems to be the intent. Despite making arguably better equipment, the real reason the Nook has been able to capture almost 30% of the ereader market is because they have physical stores with salespeople constantly selling the Nooks like crazed banshees.

    Amazon obviously thinks that it has physical stores it can capture that remaining 30$ and,  despite being a Kindle owner, I hope they don’t succeed.

  • Robyn Richardson

    As an bookseller in an independent bookstore, I make a point to stay well-informed of Amazon’s latest pathetic excuses to call itself a reputable business.  
    This development doesn’t seem likely for several reasons, but mostly because of the tax evasion issue.  I highly doubt they would even make it out of the state of Washington because they are hell-bent on avoiding any financial recompense to the dozens of states in which they owe hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue.
    However, they do have a knack for monopolizing commerce.  
    An as-yet unnecessary (but hilarious) thought I have: who on Earth would they find to work in said physical establishments?

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2CCZ7SZ7H6TBC6OZ2W5YORL2E Dark

    You’re supposed to pay those taxes anyway regardless of state. It’s just that you yourself have to report it, not the seller, if you are in a state that they do not have a presence in. Most people are either ignorant of the law or just don’t pay the taxes.

  • Anonymous

    The reason they are closing is BECAUSE of Amazon. People buy from there with the free shipping and the lower prices.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I agree, but it seems like they are making a foolish decision in proposing these physical stores.  Unless they’re massive, these new stores won’t have the selection of Amazon’s website, they’ll probably be like every other bookstore.  They’ll probably have a good selection, sure, but if I’m looking for a specific cookbook or a biography I probably won’t have much luck unless it’s new or a bestseller.

  • Anonymous

    That’s true, though most book stores don’t have the selection on their websites. I’m also willing to bet you can “special order” books at the store and/or get 2 day shipping or something from the site to the store like some businesses offer. Then there would be the “free ebook/s for frequenting our store, or such” :<

  • Donutlord

    Will they have all their products or just books because that seems to be what everyone is think about. And if they aren’t just for books then come to California!!!

    * no ‘you don’t say’ s to my previous comment about book stores please* :]