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Old 08-25-2017, 08:10 AM   #1
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Amazon to Lower Prices at Whole Foods

No more "Whole Paycheck?"

Amazon.com says their first order of business at Whole Foods will be to lower prices. I have one of these stores across the street from where I work. I eat lunch there often, and occasionally pick up food to take home and cook for dinner (high prices aside, it's convenient for me and within walking distance). So I'm interested to see what changes they will make.

Amazon: We're lowering Whole Foods prices on Monday - Aug. 24, 2017

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Old 08-25-2017, 08:44 AM   #2
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I shop at Whole Foods every week, usually multiple times per week. It sounds like the majority of its price changes are going to be on organic items, which I don't generally buy unless they happen to look better than their non-organic counterpart. I'm more intrigued by this Amazon locker idea. I don't have Amazon Prime and I don't often buy from Amazon, but I can see people finding this useful because they won't have to make a separate trip to the post office to return something to Amazon. But will it really work in practice? I'll be watching for the changes over the next year to see if Amazon destroys my pleasant Whole Foods shopping experience. My husband thinks they are going to ruin it and make it like shopping at Walmart. I think that's an overstatement, but time will tell.
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:59 AM   #3
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Considering that Whole Foods tends to be in pricier areas, I doubt they will become like Walmart. A more likely scenario to me would be something akin to Target, except with food.
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Considering that Whole Foods tends to be in pricier areas, I doubt they will become like Walmart. A more likely scenario to me would be something akin to Target, except with food.
Super Targets have full grocery departments.
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:08 AM   #5
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Super Targets have full grocery departments.
Yes, I'm aware. They're headquartered here in Minneapolis and I used to do consulting work for them.

As far as Whole Foods goes, I mean ONLY food. I don't really see them selling clothing and housewares. But who knows.
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Considering that Whole Foods tends to be in pricier areas, I doubt they will become like Walmart. A more likely scenario to me would be something akin to Target, except with food.
Well, our Whole Foods is a block away from a Wal-Mart. And while that Wal-Mart might be a bit nicer than some I've been in, it's still a Wal-Mart; meaning awful. It's not the area that makes Wal-Marts terrible places to shop, it's the fact that they are Wal-Marts. I only enter them if I can't find something anywhere else. But I do agree that it's unlikely they will get that bad. I can handle them being Target-like. I love Target.
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We had a Whole Foods here in cowboy-ville for a very short time and then,
*POOF*
they were gone!
Now the closest is 54 miles away.
DH just shouted from his den that typical food stores only profit $1 for every $100 in food revenue.
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Old 08-26-2017, 08:44 AM   #8
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I shop at Whole Foods every week, usually multiple times per week. It sounds like the majority of its price changes are going to be on organic items, which I don't generally buy unless they happen to look better than their non-organic counterpart. I'm more intrigued by this Amazon locker idea. I don't have Amazon Prime and I don't often buy from Amazon, but I can see people finding this useful because they won't have to make a separate trip to the post office to return something to Amazon. But will it really work in practice? I'll be watching for the changes over the next year to see if Amazon destroys my pleasant Whole Foods shopping experience. My husband thinks they are going to ruin it and make it like shopping at Walmart. I think that's an overstatement, but time will tell.


Well next week you can really tell us if they cut prices or not
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:53 AM   #9
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I can see....Organic Cantaloupes $1.99 Ea./ $1.79 Ea. for Amazon Prime Members.
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We had a Whole Foods here in cowboy-ville for a very short time and then,
*POOF*
they were gone!
Now the closest is 54 miles away.
DH just shouted from his den that typical food stores only profit $1 for every $100 in food revenue.
1-2% is fair profit. They have to make it up on volume.
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