Rumor: Google Is Working on Same-Day Amazon Prime Killer

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TechCrunch claims that Google is "stealthily preparing" to launch a new same-day-shipping Amazon Prime competitor called Google Shopping Express.

Sources have told TechCrunch that the service would cost $59 a year—undercutting Amazon's annual Prime subscription by $10—and allow customers to receive same-day deliveries from bricks-and-mortar stores. The sources don't expand on which those stores might be, but TechCrunch speculates that it might include the likes of Target, Walmart, Walgreens and Safeway.

That would make it a pretty serious contender to Amazon's Prime, which still seems to be struggling to offer an effective same-day shipping service. It could also lend a focal point to Google Wallet and Google Shopping, which currently seem to lack real purpose.

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It's not the first time rumors have swirled about Google creating a Prime competitor, but previous speculation back in 2011 suggested that it would be a free service. This fresh rumor about undercutting Amazon seems more realistic—but, as ever, it remains to bee seen whether the speculation will turn out to be accurate. [TechCrunch]

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matt975321
matt975321

Amazon is much more than quick shipping. For example, when buying Prime items you get their whole fulfillment services which includes easy returns and refunds. Anyway, it is hard to imagine how a cheaper service could do same day fulfillment without extra delivery charges. Amazon is able to save costs by their logistics. Finally, any Amazon Prime customer who has been using the service for a while knows that they are not switching to anyone else unless there is a really good case for switching is made. Just saving $20 on the subscription is not enough to forgo the peace of mind dealing with Amazon gives you.