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6:15 pm on Jul 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Amazon Gets Into Groceries In The UK [news.yahoo.com]
Amazon.com has launched a grocery delivery service in the U.K., following the recent kickoff of a similar service in Germany.

The online retailer said it has 22,000 product lines ranging from cleaning products to fresh fruit to beer and pet food. Amazon is entering a crowded market in the U.K. Stores such as Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose have delivery services that can often deliver items the next day during a specific time range.
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Thats a harsh market to get into. Tesco are getting close to owning that market. Will be interesting to see if the Amazon brand will be well received.

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Absolute joke with the beer.

~2.40 for a beer you can buy in the local quickie-mart for 2.00 and 1.65 in the supermarket

Not only that but 6.50 delivery.

I have doubts about some of the feedback. Someone commented on a 6 bottle gift pack.

Price was extortionate (4x the price in supermarket) and they reviewed 3 months ago. Maybe they were part of a trial before launch but even a trial user would not spend 4x on a product which is available for cheaper at the nearest supermarket.
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its the delivery cost that surprised me. The same with Tesco. There are a few independent grocery stores that cover the delivery cost. Why cant the majors do the same?

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It's because the stock is not amazon. It's one of the many third party retailers and they bump their P+P charges to ridiculous levels, and have high profit margins.

OK, they can't compete with the supermarkets bricks and mortar sites but there are no bargains with online groceries - it's just not profitable. Look at Ocado. They are struggling and are looking to the US for financing this week.

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Some of the Amazon prices are way out too.


Sam Smiths Organic Best Ale 550ml: 7.30 (13.27 / l)

That is 7.30 for ONE bottle. The vendor site is selling this for 3.75 whilst other sites have it at 2.75. That's not a pricing error; that is greed.
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>>Why cant the majors do the same?

i use sainsbury's on line for shopping and they deliver free - i think you have to order 100, but really that's not difficult, i buy the largest packets of rice/pasta etc available as it saves carrying them myself!