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Amazon: We're Not Opening Physical Stores

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Amazon today denied reports that it has any plans to open physical, bricks and mortar stores following reports to that effect from British publication, the Times.

A report in the Times over the weekend cited property landlords who said the American company had launched a secret search for bricks-and-mortar stores to support its rapidly growing website. According to the Times, Amazon was said to be scouring the country for high-profile sites just as the Borders book chain is shutting down its UK locations. The Times described the stores as a sort of click-and-collect affair that allowed customers to buy online and then collect their purchases from the store.

However Amazon yesterday denied the claims, saying it has no plans to open stores anywhere in the world. Reuters cites an Amazon spokesperson that denied the report but refused to comment further on the company's plans, including whether or not it planned to partner with retailers.

If you were able to buy online and collect from the store, would you? Or do you prefer to wait for the postman to bring your goods to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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    JohnnyLucky , December 7, 2009 3:34 PM
    I normally order online and wait for delivery. Free shipping is an added incentive that works for me.
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    chriskrum , December 7, 2009 3:38 PM
    A big plus with Amazon is avoiding sales taxes. If they put a brick and mortar store up in my state I'd no longer use them.

    I think this was a stupid rumor to begin with, that any reporter with half a brain should have seen through.
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    bogcotton , December 7, 2009 3:42 PM
    Well if it's a secret then they are going to deny it aren't they?

    Isn't that the first rule of secret-keeping?
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    angryfingertips , December 7, 2009 3:45 PM
    Considering how slow amazon is to ship items compared to other e-tailers, I would buy in store. Whenever you use super saving shipping, they always seem to hold your items for a few days before shipping, unless you pay for the more expensive shipping.
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    dark_lord69 , December 7, 2009 3:47 PM
    I don't think amazon would want to open a physical store. electric bills, property taxes, business association fees, more employees, more overhead. An online only business is a very stream lined way to do business. It allows for low overhead and helps them keep competative prices.
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    bogcotton , December 7, 2009 3:49 PM
    chriskrumA big plus with Amazon is avoiding sales taxes. If they put a brick and mortar store up in my state I'd no longer use them.I think this was a stupid rumor to begin with, that any reporter with half a brain should have seen through.


    It's about opening physical stores in the UK, we only have one tax on sales of normal goods and that's VAT, you pay it whether you sell online or in a shop.

    The only added cost to them would be the rent / utility bills and if they don't reassign current employees, wages.
    But I'm sure that they could match the online + P&P price in real stores if they wanted to, whilst maintaining the same profit margins.
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    icepick314 , December 7, 2009 3:55 PM
    so anyone know what was the result of Amazon vs New York, I believe...

    either city or the state of NY was trying to collect sales tax from Amazon....
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    icepick314 , December 7, 2009 3:58 PM
    n/m

    Amazon lost to NY so anyone from NY is paying sales tax when ordering....
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    ukcal , December 7, 2009 4:25 PM
    Kind of pointless for them to have stores where you could only pick up items. The items have to be delivered somewhere, so why add a middle man? E-commerce is all about cutting out middle men.
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    99lawrence , December 7, 2009 4:26 PM
    I work for Borders Uk and I doubt Amazon is going to want the stores. There is a reason why they re closing.
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    maigo , December 7, 2009 4:38 PM
    Maybe they'll just let you wander their warehouses with a shoping cart?
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    cyberkuberiah , December 7, 2009 4:57 PM
    i have a microcenter 10 mins away ! beats the whole wait-for-shipping thing and they have good rates more often than not .
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    scryer_360 , December 7, 2009 5:09 PM
    ...

    Well I expected that there wouldn't be any stores from Amazon, why screw with their business model like that?

    But more importantly, anyone else notice all todays news so far is reported to us by Jane? What happened to Tuan? Not that I'm sad to see Jane reporting all the news, just wondering if she finally succeeded in eating all her co-bloggers and took over or not.
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    ssalim , December 7, 2009 5:22 PM
    Keep the prices low, don't need local stores.
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    JMcEntegart , December 7, 2009 5:32 PM
    scryer_360But more importantly, anyone else notice all todays news so far is reported to us by Jane? What happened to Tuan? Not that I'm sad to see Jane reporting all the news, just wondering if she finally succeeded in eating all her co-bloggers and took over or not.


    I am JANE, hear me ROAR! RAWWWR!!

    Nah, I'm based in Ireland so I work GMT hours. Interestingly enough, both Kevin and Marcus write at least 6 articles each per day and Tuan only does maybe one a week. Show the other boys some love, yo!
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    scryer_360 , December 7, 2009 6:24 PM
    Ah. You know I think someone told me that before. But! Marcus is posting again, so at least he hasn't been consumed.

    Yet.
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    jamac666 , December 7, 2009 6:45 PM
    Don't quite get how they would set up a retail store. What would they sell?
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    demonhorde665 , December 7, 2009 11:12 PM
    JMcEntegartI am JANE, hear me ROAR! RAWWWR!!Nah, I'm based in Ireland so I work GMT hours. Interestingly enough, both Kevin and Marcus write at least 6 articles each per day and Tuan only does maybe one a week. Show the other boys some love, yo!



    so NOT into showing guys love .. not that there is any thing wrong with queers , jsut i'm not one .. would much rather show you love jane :p 

    keep those articles rolling !
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    JMcEntegart , December 8, 2009 1:36 PM
    homrqtWe love you Jane.


    Um, awkward. Thank you. :) 
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    JMcEntegart , December 8, 2009 2:23 PM
    homrqtNo, awkward would have been.. "I" love you Jane.


    Very true! Thank you for not going the whole hog!
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