Rumors Resurface About Amazon Opening Physical Stores

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

Do you think Amazon would fit in beside the Walmart and Target in your local mall?

Jason Calacanis reported rumors this week that the online giant may launch brick-and-mortar stores. Even the New York Times speculated about the resurfacing rumors:

The idea seems farfetched, but before 2001 so was the idea of Apple operating its own stores. “I give them two years before they’re turning out the lights on a very painful and expensive mistake,” a consultant told BusinessWeek about Apple’s plans in what has become one of the most celebrated bad guesses of the era.

We analyzed the news over at eBookNewser: “while much of Amazon’s business is still from print books, DVDs and CDs, the company is banking on the proliferation of digital media, which is why they are focusing so much on the Kindle and Kindle Fire and selling these devices at such low prices. Why would it make sense to open a physical store to sell digital items? Perhaps to compete with Barnes & Noble’s Nook business, which is known to have better customer service than Amazon because of in-store offerings.”