Target (TGT) is halting sales of Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle line as of May 13 due to a "conflict of...


Target (TGT) is halting sales of Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle line as of May 13 due to a "conflict of interest," per an internal memo. The Verge speculates a recent deal to open Apple (AAPL) mini-stores within its outlets could be the reason. This won't be the first time this year a bricks-and-mortar retailer has chosen to boycott Amazon products.

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  • Josh Krause
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    Somehow I am sure this is bullish for AMZN.

     

    Everything is bullish for AMZN.
    2 May 2012, 09:44 AM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    stupid target. no wonder I never go there
    2 May 2012, 10:02 AM Reply Like
  • gigabob635
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    Interesting - I just walked by a local "branch" Apple Store and noticed it was closed - the sign indicated it was re-opening "May 13th". Curious
    2 May 2012, 10:47 AM Reply Like
  • krk
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    Why would one be buying this at any B&M and pay sales tax on it when they could have bought it directly from Amazon tax free and which btw also ships for free?
    2 May 2012, 11:07 AM Reply Like
  • losbronces
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    I don't know about that. AMZN charges state sales tax on all my transactions with them through my Arizona billing address.
    2 May 2012, 04:57 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    "Why would one be buying this at any B&M and pay sales tax on it"

     

    You mean you would avoid paying taxes? Scandalous.:-)
    2 May 2012, 11:52 AM Reply Like
  • DianeLee
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    Doubt the move indicates a "boycott" of Amazon's Kindle (except as demanded by Apple to lessen its own competition.) There is a steady move for online sales to collect tax for States, and the 'free shipping' requires minimum amounts. I'm a little surprised Apple hasn't already exposed itself to anti-trust charges, that is unless it amply contributes to campaigns.
    2 May 2012, 12:32 PM Reply Like
  • krk
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    "..the 'free shipping' requires minimum amounts..."
    Yes, but it is a modest $25.
    2 May 2012, 02:54 PM Reply Like
  • ItsAllGreek
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    A separate NYT article mentions a warning letter to Amazon because it was using Target as a show room. Target will still be selling Nooks and other tablets..

     

    (or maybe Target got tired of dealing with all those Fire replacements/returns)
    2 May 2012, 09:46 PM Reply Like
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