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Initial post: Nov 16, 2012 10:57:29 AM PST
Surveyah says:
I saw this today on cnet.com:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57551081-93/jeff-bezos-we-would-love-to-open-amazon-retail-stores/

Although he goes on to say they haven't found the right approach to a retail store, he doesn't say its out of the question. I am not sure myself what they would offer for sale on retail (besides the Kindle line, maybe some books, maybe some clothes (?)). I know there is a TON that Amazon COULD sell, but not sure what would set them apart

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 10:59:05 AM PST
I shop on Amazon because I don't like going to retail stores.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 11:05:56 AM PST
Surveyah says:
ok so thats one NAY :)

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 11:06:41 AM PST
Bixillarla says:
Same here, Amazon.com is my retail store. With Prime I can get whatever I want delivered in 2 days and not have to hassle with the headaches of shopping in a physical store.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 11:08:45 AM PST
Old Rocker says:
I would love to own a bakery, but I haven't found the right approach yet, either.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 11:11:37 AM PST
Please, why would Amazon mess around with their perfect business plan? Low over head, good service. Why would I go to a retail store,to deal with parking, can't find what I'm looking for, zero sales assistance. Kindle has the best customer service I have ever had and Amazon as well. I try very hard not to go to retail stores. I know I'm not supporting my local economy and am very sorry that I can no longer stand the retail hell. At 62 years with arthritis, it really takes a lot to get me in a store. Parks yes shopping no. Thank goodness for our young people keeping retail alive. Guess they both have their place. (Sorry for being long winded).

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 11:20:11 AM PST
Outside of the Kindle and the Fire there is nothing that I would visit a brick-and-mortar Amazon store for. And with the ability to return within 30 days for whatever cause there there isn't really a need to do that either.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 11:46:07 AM PST
❤ Ann says:
I could see a case for small retail stores carrying Kindles and Kindle accessories. Some people like to see / try electronics, and get in-person advice before buying. You can see Kindles at places like Best Buy and Staples (if/when they have them in stock), but the sales clerks are rarely very good sources of information.

Kindle stores could also be great places for in-person customer support.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 11:48:32 AM PST
Which would require a lot of training, nothing like the training employees receive that work in their warehouses.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 11:52:23 AM PST
Yes, I could see it with Kindles, but the whole reason I love Amazon so much is that I don't have to go to a B&M store. I've done all my Xmas shopping on Amazon for 5+ years.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 11:56:52 AM PST
T. Cannon says:
I would love a Kindle store. When I bought my Fire I had the hands on experience at Staples and Best Buy but then bought from Amazon and felt a little guilty. I would also suggest the Kindle store be mainly a large room with comfy chairs (and a fireplace for the winter) with free wifi so you could download Kindle books and read them. Unfortunately, a set up like that would cost money for someone so I fear prices would increase. Dad always said nothing is really free. If a store provides something with no cost on that item they will have to increase the price of another to make up the difference.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:02:20 PM PST
Haven't they been testing a small store in Seattle for a bit now?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:08:01 PM PST
Fuzzy says:
" I would also suggest the Kindle store be mainly a large room with comfy chairs (and a fireplace for the winter) with free wifi so you could download Kindle books and read them."

Sounds like Starbucks already beat them to that concept minus the fireplace. ☺

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:15:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012 12:16:38 PM PST
In addition to which:
In the summer, you have to take a sweater, or you freeze because they have it set at 67 in there. In the winter, you have to LUG your outdoor coat around, because they have it set at 76, and you broil.

The music is either offensive or insipid (and that's just the fault of peoples' varying tastes), but very nearly always annoying. Stand in line, haul stuff from basket, back to basket, into car, out of car.

Even with delightful cashiers (and they do exist!), it's a recipe for misery.

Edit to clarify: regular shopping (for me) is misery. The chairs and the fire and the wi-fi and the reading sounds wonnnderful! Can we have beverages, too?!?

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 12:16:30 PM PST
Old Rocker says:
Kindleland. A revolutionary new concept melding the past with the future to provide customers with an enjoyable experience while browsing our full line of Kindle offerings.

I claim rights to this concept.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:17:38 PM PST
I WANT TO BE THE KINDLIBRARIAN! Can I please, huh, huh, can I PLEEEEEASE?!?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:21:47 PM PST
My family would never, ever see me again.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:26:15 PM PST
Cassie Anne says:
NO! I'm gonna be the Kindlebrarian!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:28:00 PM PST
But I asked first!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:28:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012 12:28:31 PM PST
Cassie Anne says:
Right? It sounds wonderful... Cozy, comfy chairs, yummy coffee (not necessarily Starbucks), delectable desserts, a crackling fire....

I'd never leave.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:28:54 PM PST
Cassie Anne says:
Tough patooties! I claimed it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:30:20 PM PST
I'm telling.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:33:26 PM PST
Cassie Anne says:
Fine. We'll share. I'll take the even dates; you can have the odd ones. :-(

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:34:15 PM PST
We can't be there EVERY day; someone has to go out for provis... wait, no we don't!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:36:28 PM PST
Dittie says:
I think she already has only the odd dates. Just sayin'.
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