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gb18
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Potential buyers of B&N

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keriflur
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Re: Potential buyers of B&N

Oh geez, not Walmart.  Please, not Walmart.

 

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MacMcK1957
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keriflur wrote:

Oh geez, not Walmart.  Please, not Walmart.

 


For all those who complain of cutbacks in B&N customer service, it could get ten times worse.

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patgolfneb
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Just as bad, Walmart has shown a willingness to edit, censor products to cater to fundamentalists. 

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RHWright
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Though it would be interesting to see a general retailer (Target, maybe?) go head-to-head with Amazon by bringing a stronger book player (and their base) into the fold.

 

Sure, you can get books at target.com, but does anyone really think of it as a place to go for books? Amazon is the big online general retailer—from books to video to electronics to food, clothing, etc. But books are a big part of the enticing, get-em-in-the-door equation. Target lacks that. Adding B&N's book appeal might not hurt in their online competition with the big A.

 

Still, this is only speculation, right? B&N doesn't seem ripe for a sale. Yet.

 

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roustabout
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I came away from this article completely unconcerned about WalMart as a suitor.

 

The article is claims that the BN website, as a result of BN's viability as a general retail outlet with a front-end to many other vendors' wares, is valuable  specifically to WalMart.

 

I was glad there was no coffee in my mouth when I read the piece.  

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:smileyhappy:

 

If WalMart thinks of every Nook as a shopping kiosk, then it makes sense.

 

Truth is that Amazon is selling mini-Amazon stores. Later, once there are 20-30 million Kindle Fire owners it'll switch on the STore aspects.

 

It doesn't want to give away too much.

 

WalMart would look at it from the same angle.

 

A walking, always-on, always-on-the-person WalMart Kiosk.

 

WalMart could take a loss and sell Color and TAblet (After resuscitating them) for $100 and Nook HD for $150 and HD+ for $200.

 

And it would have all these people who would have a mobile WalMart store.

 

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There are also suitors from the Tablet side i.e. Google, Microsoft.

 

And from the ebook side i.e. Amazon, Rakuten (owner of Kobo).

 

Lots of people interested if there's a sale.

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MacMcK1957
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But if people were to do their WalMart shopping through their Nooks, wouldn't they then lose the opportunity to expand their horizons by actually going there?

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MacMcK1957 wrote:

But if people were to do their WalMart shopping through their Nooks, wouldn't they then lose the opportunity to expand their horizons by actually going there?


 

There's a book for that.

 

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5ivedom
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Re: Potential buyers of B&N

That site is something else.

 

It's something you can't UNSEE. A part of me wishes I'd never visited it.