About Amazon And Those Chinese Companies

I have made it pretty clear here that I am an Amazon Prime member and have been for more years than I can remember. I was smart enough to add some Amazon stock to my IRA about ten years ago, but I was not smart enough to buy much more. My stock has gone up about 400% so far!

I know the argument about buying from local retailers, but since Walmart has already eaten up most of them before Amazon was even a dream, that ship has sailed. If I want anything that Walmart doesn’t sell I must make an hour round-trip to the next town of any size. Besides wasting my time it costs about $10 in gas and wear and tear of my vehicle. But that is not what this post is really about.

I buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, but one thing I have learned is to pay attention to where it is coming from. Not all items are delivered in 2 days or less to us Prime Members. A lot of what Amazon sells is made and shipped directly from Chinese companies. When you buy those items it generally takes two weeks or so to get them. That is almost the same delivery schedule as most of Amazon’s competitors! 🙂

I am spoiled now. I am just too used to ordering something Sunday night and having it delivered Tuesday afternoon. I don’t have the patience to wait two weeks anymore.

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

I know the title of this post is a worn out cliche but it does kinda make sense for this post about WalMart taking on Amazon in the online market. Another worn out cliche that fits this scenario is “Better late than never”.

It is still kind of hard to think of Walmart as “old-school”. I can remember when there were none of them around. I think of McDonald’s in the same vein. Both are trying to hold on to the dominance they once had in their markets while others are quickly eating their dinner so to speak.  McDonald’s, at least in my area, are going through a pretty severe facelift.  The golden arches are for the most part gone except for a small one on the side of the new plain grey facade.  But in both cases, I kind of think its too little too late but I am getting ahead of myself here.

2018-05-17_08-15-25.pngWalmart is trying to bring up a strong online presence but from my personal experiences, it is a pretty meager effort. Their “new” website is well (yawn) boring. It just lacks the pizzazz and speed of response of Amazon. But I have recently given them a chance. I was in need of a new twin mattress for my microRV and found that Walmart has the one I want for about the same price as Amazon, so I ordered it.  They promised a 3 day delivery to my local store.  When I went to pick it up I found a pretty much untrained staff to handle the transaction. I wish them luck but…

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