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April 04, 2008

Amazon is Sears

Has anyone else noticed this? Amazon.com is essentially Sears, but using a website to push their products instead of a catalog. The image below is what prompted this... I mean, come on. NCAA Gnomes? How midwest-US can a company be?

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Now, I love the work they've done with EC2 and the Mechanical Turk. These are innovative, useful endeavors. But Jeffy's gotta pay the bills somehow, right? So, NCAA Gnomes are on the front page now, and will be in yards across Nebraska and Illinois come Spring.

It's a little disconcerting that one of the greatest businesses of the beginning of this century is essentially aping the strategy of one of the greatest businesses of last century (logistics and delivery of physical goods to American consumers). I mean, hasn't anything changed in the last 100 years? Or should I get into railroad stocks now, before the bubble has time to inflate any more? ;^)

Posted by ashusta at April 4, 2008 09:03 PM

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