questionswith the kindle fire coming, will woot drop…

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If I had to guess, I would say not at all. Woot is an independent subsidiary, not Amazon. They are still separate companies.

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I agree w/hackman2007. woot! is still a separate company, as is Zappos (Amazon purchased in 2009). As far as I know neither company has changed much since they were bought. ...Of course I could be wrong.

Oh, and please don't liken Amazon to Apple - it's so wrong! One should never compare rivers to apples.

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Even with as much of an Amazon nut (prime, kindle, etc) I am becoming, I sure hope not. But I'm also not too worried about it, they feel very different in terms of mission. Taking away PayPal would seriously hurt Woot's mission of spontaneously freeing me of my monies.

Amazon wants you to buy everything through Amazon. New, used, digital, physical, etc. To be fair, they are doing a damn good job with me. Except for (...most) groceries, I tend to see if Amazon has something with Prime shipping before bothering to go to the store. Those tend to be credit card purchases... Amazon CC purchases. Oh...wow...I do everything through Amazon.

Woot, well, you know, one item a day, and no crying if you don't like it (or want more than three of it.) I can't imagine how Amazon would be able to assimilate Woot without changing Woot into something else entirely (or destroying it outright...) Except for Deals, I rarely plan to buy something from Woot. It just kind of...happens.

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I guess I'm failing to see how the Kindle Fire changes Amazon's business model. What does buying physical items have to do with a tablet?

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@rustybender: As I understand it, the Kindle Fire will come with Amazon Prime (free at first) that gives you free shipping. They will be offering Books, Music, Video, and everything Amazon as the default option. Much like IPad/Pod/Phone users tend to buy their stuff from the Apple stores, Kindle Fire folks will be buying from Amazon. As you know Amazon is already the go-to place to check for shopping needs, with Fire it will be your default go-to place.

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@nortonsark: Just FYI, you don't need Prime to get free shipping on items sold or sourced thru Amazon...you only need a $25 minimum order. Fire is not going to start a fire for Zon. It's already there. Kindle books (for the most part) can only be purchased from them. Nothin' new. Amazon is a great place to shop, has been for years.

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I hope not. Taking away PayPal would be baaaaad, I'd never woot again :(

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@nortonsark: Thanks for the explanation. I already buy most of my music and books from Amazon so they already have me there. And I do buy a fair amount of tangible goods from them as well. Unless it comes with Prime free for more than just a trial period, I don't see it changing the way I shop.

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@nortonsark: The Fire comes with just one month of Prime. As gmwhit mentioned you get FSSS with most orders over $25 (but not all). The draw to Prime is free 2-day shipping and only $3.99 to ship just about any single item overnight.

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Amazon Prime also give you access to all the video content, so my guess is that most people will continue the subscription as part of their Kindle Fire experience. Amazon appears to be delivering a complete and compelling package. Sure, people will still be able to cross-buy with others, but like cross-dressing, most people won't.