Chart: Here’s why Amazon needs to jack up the price of Prime

Amazon’s net shipping costs — the difference between how much it charges customers for shipping and how much it actually spends to get their purchases in their hands — hit a new high in the fourth quarter, topping $1.2 billion. Those are the underlying economics driving the company’s announcement yesterday that it’s considering raising the… Read More


Google aims at Amazon with Google Shopping Express

When you want something quickly, Amazon is one of the best options for a fast delivery. But one other online giant is bringing its power to bear to try and compete. Google wants to unseat the Seattle-based online retailer with Google Shopping Express (GSX), a rapid delivery service that offers users same-day delivery on a… Read More


Google’s new same-day shipping service to challenge Amazon Prime

Amazon, watch out — Google is stepping into your space. TechCrunch is reporting today that Google is preparing to launch something called “Google Shopping Express,” a same-day shipping service designed to compete with Amazon Prime. Sources say that the service will be $10 or $15 cheaper than Amazon Prime, which currently sells for $79/year. Google’s… Read More


O, Canada: Amazon expanding Prime service north, but without Instant Video and e-book lending

Amazon Prime is now available in Canada but without a few key benefits. The Seattle online retail giant announced today that Prime membership is launching in Canada for 79 CAD per year. Amazon Prime shoppers in Canada can now enjoy free two-day shipping. However, the Canadian version of Prime does not include benefits like Instant Video… Read More


Amazon Prime celebrates an amazingly vague milestone

It’s interesting how often a company as numbers-driven as asks its customers and shareholders to judge its progress with incomplete data. The tradition continued this morning as the company announced a big milestone for its Amazon Prime subscription service, complete with a letter from CEO Jeff Bezos on the home page: Amazon now… Read More


Report: Amazon Prime not nearly as big as analysts think

Amazon Prime, the company’s $79/year subscription service, has significantly fewer subscribers than Wall Street analysts have been estimating, according to a Bloomberg News report this afternoon, citing three people familiar with the matter. The Amazon Prime service had 3 million to 5 million subscribers as of October, according to the Bloomberg report. That’s in contrast… Read More


Amazon’s new Viacom deal adds Snooki, not Jon Stewart this morning announced a deal with Viacom to add TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo to the streaming video catalog available at no extra cost to its Amazon Prime subscribers. The announcement confirms a report by Reuters yesterday afternoon. The news comes amid widespread speculation that Amazon will be launching… Read More


Report: Google to challenge Amazon with fast shipping

Google is talking with big retailers about creating a new service to provide fast, cheap shipping of items found through its product search engine, in competition with the free shipping feature of Amazon’s Prime subscription service, according to a Wall Street Journal report this morning. The search giant has approached such retailers as Macy’s, Gap… Read More


Amazon lands Fox movies and TV shows for Prime members this morning announced a new digital licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox that will increase the catalog of streaming content available to members of its Amazon Prime subscription service to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows, up from 9,000 previously. The agreement comes two days before Amazon’s expected announcement of a tablet computer… Read More