On Wednesday, Herald Sun reported speculations that online shopping giant, Amazon are set to extend business to Australia by the end of the year.
Warehouses are set to be established in Sydney and Brisbane, as well as the one in Melbourne.
An e- mail obtained by news site, Lifehacker suggested that five hundred businesses have already signed up with Amazon to join their Marketplace during a trial.
Amazon argued that this could help smaller retailers by offering a platform. This will make them rivals with Ebay.
Business analysts and other retailers had warned that the (now failed) launch by yesterday was overly ambitious. However, there is confidence that Amazon could complete the rollout by Christmas.
I really hope it goes well for Amazon. I believe the more retail competition we have the better.
I bought a few things from Amazon years ago. Before iTunes took over for my entertainment, I bought quite a few albums that I couldn’t find in a store near me from legends Suzi Quatro, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Alice Cooper. I remember being thrilled when I found them on the site and when they arrived.
They were all in perfect condition, too.
The delivery times were always fair, often a few days before the expected date.
I think it’s great that Australian businesses will soon be able to join Amazon. I think it really could bring success to all parties involved.
The criticism about Amazon taking competition from Ebay, Harvey Norman and David Jones? I hardly think that Amazon will end up defeating such companies. It might drive them a bit more to better services, make sure stock is up to scratch and that financial details remain secure and transactions are legit (I’m looking at you, Ebay)*.
Not only that, isn’t it great that Amazon is offering small business owners in Australia a chance to develop? The Australian economy and culture thrives on small independent businesses! This will give them akickstart! I think that’d be good! As long as Amazon abides by Australian consumer law and it helps rather than hinders small business, I really can’t see any problems.
*Just a disclaimer: I personally haven’t had any bad experiences with Ebay, but I’ve heard of people who have; both buyers and sellers.
How have your experiences buying from Amazon been? Let me know in the coments below.