I’m finding the prices on Amazon are no longer as good as places like BestBuy or Walmart.com

Uber you too
Nov 23, 2018 67 Comments

I’m a long time, previously-loyal Amazon user for 20 years. I love Amazon. I have been a prime member since the beginning.

But these days, the prices are terrible, if not blatant lies. I’ve started to price compare for the first time in 10 years, because almost everything I’m finding cheaper elsewhere. Home tools? Home Depot is cheaper. Household items? Walmart or Target. Electronics? Often Best Buy or NewEgg.

Do other people find the same thing?

I went to buy a game for the Nintendo Switch and couldn’t find a price lower than $75 and I didn’t understand why amazon didn’t have it, only some other 3rd party sellers who were trying to rip me off. Meanwhile I went to BestBuy and found it in stock for $60 but then I checked Walmart and it was $45. So now, I’m going to be checking Walmart, something I never would have done last year.

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  • Intel / Eng pleb
    I was looking for a shoe cabinet. Found it on Amazon for $75. It was Ikea stuff so they had it for $25. I paid Ikea $9 for shipping and still was 50% cheaper. I would have ordered from Amazon even if it was a few dollars more but 300% is fucking outrageous.
    Nov 24, 2018 7
    • Amazon / Eng
      onMyWay

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      onMyWaymore
      Honestly, you’d be surprised. And ikea’s support is one of the worst I’ve ever encountered. It’s entirely normal to be on hold for 220 minutes.
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Intel / Eng pleb
      For $36 I wouldn't bother too much. Otherwise I'd just drive up there to sort it out.
      Nov 24, 2018
    • New tLFu71
      Lol right so it’s worth paying 300% more to amazon for the potential “better support”. Great sales pitch I’ll take worse support for 300% less thank you.
      Nov 24, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

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      Gill Batesmore
      Unless IKEA fucks up more than 66% of it's orders (and they'd be out of business if they did, so it's unlikely to be the case), you come up ahead by not buying on Amazon. Sounds like an insurance racket.
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      onMyWay

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      onMyWaymore
      Depends on how much you value your time is all. I don’t care where you buy your shit lol. I’m just giving you my experience.

      If you want cheap, you should go to Walmart
      Nov 24, 2018
  • New / Sales skisk8ride
    I always compared Amazon to a drug dealer. Hook them with cheap/free and when you have them in your hand, jack up the price.
    Nov 23, 2018 3
    • New / Eng cato
      Have you ever bought drugs before? That isn’t how it works ime
      Nov 23, 2018
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      ^ok, pablo.
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Microsoft HappyThank
      That is the approach most of the businesses take. Amazon destroyed a lot of them already and can finally start making profit. That was why investors were giving pass for not making profits.
      Nov 24, 2018
  • Facebook public2
    Yep, just canceled my prime membership this year after a decade. Once they moved to drop shipping it seemed to fall apart sadly.
    Nov 23, 2018 11
    • Amazon FancyDay
      You are running a shitshow. “Sold by Amazon” = Sold by Amazon. Hyperlink the news on the press if you want. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE UP STORIES/FAKE NEWS LIKE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING IN POLITICS.
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Facebook public2
      Shouting in caps doesn't make it true. As of 2017 sold by amazon no longer means sold by amazon. It means it touched amazon fulfillment but still very likely 3rd party junk. The press blew up over the publisher outrage. Dont you work there? Sold by Amazon does not mean bought from amazon.

      Shipped and sold by Amazon.com means that the product is shipped and sold by Amazon Retail (via Vendor Central or Vendor Express) directly. Basically, the manufacturer sends product to Amazon.com at a set price through a traditional PO process.
      All those products often get pooled together by bar code, regardless of whether they come from the brands themselves or other distributors. That way, Amazon can grab whichever product that’s ordered at the nearest warehouse to the customer.
      That means even if you buy something that is technically sold by Amazon under the brand’s name, you might end up with a product supplied by a third-party merchant, which may or may not be the real thing.

      And plenty of press around the 2017 move to hide the seller: https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/5/19/15596050/amazon-buy-box-publishing-controversy
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Facebook public2
      I also don't make up or even write political news? I'm just a nostalgic once amazon power buyer who is no longer a customer. Don't worry you have plenty of customers!
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Amazon FancyDay
      Everyone could be a third party. Everyone on FB marketplace is also third party. Are they all junks? Don’t drag every promising business down when you yourself is sinking into the hell.

      That news is about selling books on Amazon. The publishers are afraid that they don’t share the profits but they are just not sure, then they make up some “promotional copies” stories. There is this thing called resellers or distributors in the world. I hope you all know.

      Yes. Amazon has tons of customers and we want to serve all of them. Amazon always wants to serve you good no matter whether or not you are mean, stupid or whatsoever.
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Facebook public2
      I'm not sinking, none of the companies on blind or sinking. Amazon does have lots of customers. I used to be a model customer and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on your site. If quality recovers I will happily rejoin. Again I am just one customer and the thread is about people who have noticed the decline in quality.
      Nov 24, 2018
  • Intel / Product
    freshmonky

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    Amazon isn’t designed to be cheaper, it’s the convenience
    Nov 23, 2018 5
    • Apple yEdW78
      Whats more convenient for buying stuff on amazon vs walmart? Explain plz
      Nov 23, 2018
    • Amazon FancyDay
      Ship fast, price low and provide what you look for
      Nov 23, 2018
    • Apple yEdW78
      Lol entire post is about low prices on everyday items on walmart and other places
      Nov 23, 2018
    • Uber you too
      OP
      At least when I went to buy on Walmart tonight, I got free 2-day shipping from Walmart and the price was almost $30 cheaper for the Switch game.

      If amazon had a note saying “we are sold out right now” I would get it, but all they did was offer 3rd party sellers without saying this, all of whom had jacked up the prices by $15, so it looks like Amazon is selling for $15 more and $30 more than Walmart.
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Amazon FancyDay
      Which game?

      Amazon is not only “sold by Amazon”, but also a seller platform. It hopes to provide the product that the customer wants. When Amazon sells it out, it hopes other sellers could help the customer out. If they price it to high or could not ship it fast or for free, you may shop elsewhere but Amazon has tried to serve you the best it can.

      Again, which game?
      Nov 24, 2018
  • Cruise Automation mocca
    What you described was a method to get things cheaper than Walmart a decade ago. Overall things are cheaper at Walmart, but you can find places that beat their prices aisle by aisle.

    People have started noticing Amazon doesn't have the best prices anymore, even eBay beats it by a dollar or two for items I searched for.
    Nov 23, 2018 1
    • Amazon OdpS15
      I think once people needed to pay sales tax, the cost advantage disappeared.
      Sep 6
  • Amazon FancyDay
    You guys are clown funny. Show examples.
    Nov 23, 2018 9
  • New tLFu71
    When they are fucking the merchants/small businesses that sell it for 25%+ what do you expect? amazon is greedy af
    Nov 23, 2018 2
    • Amazon FancyDay
      Is Amazon the only corporate retail that made small business bankrupt? They cannot survive the competitive environment dominated by Target, Walmart, Amazon, Macy’s etc. Blaming Amazon is weird. Why not blame capitalism?
      Nov 23, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      onMyWay

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      onMyWaymore
      Wow! Amazon wants to make some money and is optimizing to do so, unheard of!
      Nov 24, 2018
  • Expedia bfd
    Prime is no longer 2 day shipping, either 😒
    Nov 23, 2018 3
    • Amazon FancyDay
      On what?
      Nov 23, 2018
    • Reddit Snoopysnoo
      So many times it says 2 day, but arrives in 3
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Amazon FancyDay
      Why don’t you put up your order pictures to prove it? Please prove “so many”
      Nov 24, 2018
  • Amazon FancyDay
    I placed two orders containing 4 items on Amazon yesterday and they all got delivered just a moment ago. I don’t know why OP and some people are whining like a boring dog.
    Nov 24, 2018 2
    • Amazon Te56
      I don’t know why you’re so defensive about your master being criticized
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Amazon FancyDay
      Fair criticism and constructive suggestions are always welcomed. 0 tolerance for bullshits and nonsensical whining. It is not just about my “master”. It is about everything. Fxxk off if you just want to make yourself look cool.
      Nov 25, 2018
  • Microsoft Blkman
    Home Depot is almost always cheaper than amazon. This has always been the case.
    Nov 24, 2018 4
    • Amazon FancyDay
      Don’t say always. You are not market. You don’t crawl prices on merchant websites. You don’t know.
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Oracle Numbats
      Always may be an overstatement but HD is frequently cheaper than amazon.
      Nov 25, 2018
    • Microsoft Blkman
      Almost always not always 😀
      Nov 25, 2018
    • Amazon OdpS15
      Home Depot doesn’t sell a whole lot of things and good luck getting it delivered.
      Sep 6
  • Microsoft taAD04
    Now a days Amazon is my last option, not sure any one have noticed about there return policy.
    Nov 23, 2018 2
    • Uber you too
      OP
      I think their return policy is awesome. Very convenient. However I have heard if your return too often you will get dropped.
      Nov 24, 2018
    • Amazon FancyDay
      Could be if you are abusing the convenience that Amazon offers on returns. Amazon shoulders the social responsibility of correcting immoral behaviors.
      Nov 24, 2018
  • T-Mobile C53kwl9
    I stopped using Amazon for the majority of things myself - Best Buy has better prices and will price match Amazon on the spot, no fight. Same with Fry's. Fry's is amazing and matches everyone.
    Nov 24, 2018 1
    • Amazon FancyDay
      For in-store shoppers, you should keep doing that.
      Nov 24, 2018
  • New Payal
    Time to buy Walmart stocks.
    Nov 23, 2018 0
  • Facebook Hello worl
    It's kinda worth it though. I'd rather buy everything on amazon.
    Nov 23, 2018 0
  • Microsoft ouija
    I spent about $3k this Black Friday, but I spent $0 on Amazon. Best Buy for a tv, Target for rest of the items (iPhone, watch 4, Nest cams and doorbell), and few other retailers for various other items. I even bought Costco membership and planning to cancel prime.
    Nov 24, 2018 1
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

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      Gill Batesmore
      Plus Costco has the $1.50 hot dog and soda combo.

      There's no way Amazon can get you that, and I'm not willing to wait for Prime two day shipping for it either.
      Nov 24, 2018
  • Amazon Seaplane
    I did just now, Black Friday shopping
    Nov 24, 2018 0