“Now the site has launched, it’s not what we’re seeing, at least not initially. Amazon is very much finding its feet in terms of pricing, which could be why we’re not seeing some high-end items such as TVs, because they haven’t worked out how to make them cheaper than the other heavy discounters.”
He added that some deals look good but “when you get down to the nitty gritty, they’re not really”. The popular Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Noise Cancelling headphones, for example, are on Amazon for $445 versus $499 at JB Hi-Fi, but “we’ve seen these discounted as cheaply as $380 recently in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales”.
Wearables such as FitBits “tend to be the same price or cheaper elsewhere”, and UK site Book Depository appears to have better prices at the moment, Mr Cooke said.
“The biggest price differential I’ve seen is a high-volume office scanner from Kodak, which is $87,162 on Amazon but available for $79,899 elsewhere. But you need to be in a very specific market for that anyway.”
Mr Cooke pointed to nappies as one example of Amazon failing to properly localise its range. “In Australia nappies tend to be bought by and sold by the developmental stage, such as infant, newborn, crawler, toddler, junior,” he said.
“In the US they’re sold by size, one, two, three, four, five, six. They’re listing nappies on Amazon by size and in a lot of cases not mentioning the developmental stage of the child those nappies are for.”
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