Amazon has faced a few setbacks in recent years. But Walmart’s decision to stop selling Amazon products may deal a big blow to the American retail and electronics company.
According to a spokesperson of Walmart, “Recently, Walmart Stores, Inc. made a business decision to not carry current Amazon products beyond our purchase commitments and existing inventory.”
“Our customers trust us to provide a broad assortment of products at everyday low prices, and we approach every merchandising decision through this lens,” he added.
The order to stop selling Amazon products was delivered to store managers last Wednesday. This includes all the Kindle devices.
The reason to pull out Amazon products in their stores is strictly business decision.
The Walmart spokesperson added, “We will continue to offer our customers a broad assortment of tablet, eReaders and accessories at a variety of great price points. This decision is consistent with our overall merchandising strategy.”
Target has also decided to pull the plug on selling the Kindles. This is the second big company to do so.
Walmart still continues to sell Barns & Noble Nook, Apple’s iPad and other tablets.
Do you think this would greatly affect the sales of Amazon products most especially that the Holiday season is just around the corner?
Sony upgraded its Sony Reader line last Thursday prompting to instigate a major drive to oust other e-ink readers off of their seats. Sony released the PRS-T2 which enables you to work faster due to its faster processor and the addition of new social media features.
The Sony PRS-T2 has a built in storage of 2GB and has a 6-inch glare free touch screen that comes in different colors.
The Facebook integration allows you to share quotes from the book that you are reading to your Facebook profile.
The Sony PRS-T2 is touted against the likes of Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. Sony has a library of about 15,000 titles for you to purchase or borrow.
Sony also has its own Reader Store that is filled with reading materials.
Though Sony has released their own e-reader, the company has an app for Android smartphones and tablets.
The Sony PRS-T2 is now on sale on various Sony shops. You can also purchase it online for $129.
For those of you who will purchase a black version of the PRS-T2, Sony will be giving you a free copy of the very first Harry Potter book released. This voucher can only be used to purchase that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Amazon’s Kindle e-reader was a huge success in the tablet market. Though not as popular as the iPad, it has created its own niche.
A tipster informed Reuters that the company is about to release their latest version of the Kindle. The report said that the source has direct knowledge of the matter but asked not to be named.
This new Kindle now has a front light that enables users to be able to read in the dark. Previous versions of the device had to buy an external light to suffice their craving of reading while in the dark.
Vice President of Emerging Display Technologies at DisplaySearch Jennifer Colegrove said, “I do see demand for a front-lit Kindle.” She also added that this could pose as a problem to the Kindle as a Front-lit battery could consume additional power thus it’ll run out quicker.
Amazon is also expected to launch a new Kindle Fire later this year. Sources have said that this latest gadget boasts of an 8.9 inch display.
Reuters source also added that the Kindle e-reader will be launched in two versions: the Touch 3G and Touch WiFi.
The news agency pegged the price of the Kindle e-reader at the same price or will be slightly higher by $10.
The company also announced that the U.S version of Kindle, which was powered by Sprint, is being discontinued. All the new Kindles now use AT&T as the device’s carrier.
If you’ve already bought the international version of the Kindle, don’t fret about getting it too early thus more expensive because Amazon is generous enough to give you a $20 refund.
Good news! Due to strong customer demand for our newest Kindle with U.S. and international wireless, we are consolidating our family of 6-inch Kindles. As part of this consolidation, we are lowering the price of the Kindle you just purchased from $279 down to $259. You don’t need to do anything to get the lower price–we are automatically issuing you a $20 refund. This refund should be processed in the next few days and will appear as a credit on your next billing statement.
Amazon won’t be completely severing its ties with Sprint though. Amazon.com director of communications Drew Herdner said that the Kindle DX will still continue to use Sprint’s data network. 🙂