Summer of Amazon

Derek Mehraban's picture
Instructor
7/11/2017
Google, New Media

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This summer Amazon has been on the move. Buying Whole Foods. Today was Amazong Prime day. Amazon is a category killer and seems to be killing more than one category.

How do you use Amazon? Who do you think wins the battle for home systems like Alexa, Siri or Google? Are you Prime?

Comments & Feedback

Student

I'm kind of an oddball in the fact that I don't really use Amazon at all. I'm an extremely impatent and visual person, so online shopping doesnt really suit my personality. I would rather go to a store where I can feel and see a product then take it home immediately. Besides that, amazon is beginning to creep me out with the size and scope of their acquisitions. 

As far as the home systems go, I think siri is far and away the winner. First of all, it has been around the longest and is most comfortable for consumers. Also it comes included in the iphone, while Amazon is very costly. 

Student

I use Amazon for some specific needs such as furniture, electronic stuffs and others. I also buy books and accessories on Amazon. Using 'prime' Amazon is very useful and convenience because it brings products faster than regular. I am a prime member. I actually never used Alexa and Siri. So, I only know about Google as the best. 

Student

I use amazon everyday, I buy lots of things on that. I still can buy chinese food ,clothes on that. It so convienece for me. Now we can buy fresh food and other in food whole food. We can get that in two days, and it so fast and convience.

Student

I use Amazon for just about everything. I buy books, supplies, and accessories on Amazon, I use it to watch movies and TV shows, and I even buy food from Amazon sometimes (usually nonperishable items). I got an Echo for Christmas this year and I use it every single day to check the weather, listen to podcasts and music, set alarms and timers and pretty much anything else you can think of. I've never used Google Home or Siri, but I'm pretty happy with my Echo. The only thing that annoys me about Alexa is that when I play word games with her I'm pretty sure she cheats.

Student

The only time I use Amazon is to buy goods online. I found that it is the best place to shop products at a discount compared to the asking price at the actual company website shop. Because I rarely shop online, I am not an Amazon Prime member.

This past Christmas, my parents got an Amazon Alexa. However, they do not use it very often and seems to be not as useful as advertised. Based on my experience, I would say Alexa is the best home system simply because I have yet to use either Siri's home system or Google's. 

Student

I use Amazon mainly to buy books. Every semester I browse through Amazon to see what textbooks I can get for a cheaper price for school which then allows me to resell them after classes are over. I am a prime member so shipping is a benefit rather than an inconvience. On occasion I'll purchase electronic items anywhere from phone cases, speakers, video game accessories etc. 

I think Siri as of today is the more dominant home system. That's not to say that Alexa or Google could take over, but with how dominant Apple is, people bring their iPhone's everywhere and can utitilize Siri whenever. Ultimately, I don't have a preference with either or. The innovations these companies create is quite mindblowing. 

Student

While I do have an Amazon Prime membership through my parents, it is the only Amazon product that I use. I think that the battle for the best home systems will be determined not by how good of a speaker they provide but by companies self eliminating from the competition through survailence recording scandals and accidental purchases made by children. I am interested to see how far home systems will be integrated into the construction of new houses in the coming years, looking forward to a system like J.A.R.V.I.S. (the one used in Iron Man). 

Student

I am not a crazy Amazon fan, I would rather buy things in-store. I have Amazon Prime simply because its free for students and 2-day shipping in college is crucial. The only thing I really buy are textbooks for class and the occasional Christmas present. However, my former roommate was an Amazon addict. There was a delivery at our door at least 3 times a week carrying anything from tampons to coffee to her outfit for the weekend. 

For home systems I think Alexa wins the battle. I don't care for the home system technology, but most of my knowledge is of Alexa. I do use Siri a lot of my Apple devices and would prefer the technology that I am already used to.

Student

Personally, I do not avidly use Amazon. I think that Amazon is a great company and that they provide exceptional service to millions of people. Every now and again I will purchase something from Amazon. However, I don't have Amazon prime. My parents do have prime and my dad uses it to watch movies and read books. 

When Amazon bought Whole Foods I was shocked. My cousin works at the headquarters of Whole Foods in Austin and she said that all of her co-workers were shocked. However, it isn't expected to have an immediate impact and changes won't start happening until late fall. I think having grocceries delivered directly to your home would be extremely convenient. But, when I go to Whole Foods usually I am mostly buying produce because everything else is so expensive. 

As far as home systems, I do not use any. I think when they first came out everyone was receving them as Christmas gifts but most people haven't developed an affinity. Honestly, it freaks me out a little bit. 

Student

Home systems totally freak me out too.

Student

Do not agree that Amazon is killing categories and categories. The word "transforming" should be perfered in this scenario since the market would not fall into pieces. The fact is that one big capital occupation coming into the stock, simple as that.

In talking of Prime day, I checked up couple discounted items personally. And after going through a bit of research on the price of the product online, the prices were mostly similiar or even more expansive than the other ones online. What Amazon actually do is marketing the "Prime membership only" entry thing.

I do have an Amazon Student Prime membership and the two-day shipping feature is one of the best thing ever happened out of the internet market in the states.

Siri is not leading the home system market as right now since they can't take it out of an Apple product but Amazon Echo is an individual thing that could focused on communication with users. I barely carries my phone on my pocket at home and I am not a fan of AppleWatch that thing is useless in my opinion. 

Student

I use Amazon for anything that I need for school or even leisure purposes. I think the trend of Amazon buying these companies and investing a lot into specific categories is a necessary evil.  I think the grocery game may evolve into something greater because of the power and influence Amazon has. My assumption is that they will push companies like Walmart to rethink their strategies, which will ultimately be a benefit to consumers like us. 

Leisure wise, I use Amazon prime video quite a bit due to their selection of movie and TV shows versus a streaming service like Netflix. Being able to diversify and start producing their own movies is a good push for more competition on Netflix, which like the Whole foods thing, will only benefit our viewing experience for the future. 

While home AI units are becoming more and more relevant in our daily lives, I think Amazon is taking the lead solely based on sales. The Alexa units are cheap and fairly easy to use and fairly helpful. I do think in the future, companies like Google and Apple or even Microsoft will take over the AI game and really push Amazon out of the picture. Those three companies are most likely engineering a stronger and easier AI system and want everyday people to get involved with them. I personally believe they are going to be fully integrated into our futures so now is a good time to get involved. 

Student

Amazon prime is definitely the MUST HAVE for me. I almost buy everything on Amazon especially for shampoo, books, and office supplies. Nothing is better than 2-days shipment, but I still wish there are more retailers founded by Amazon, like Whole Foods. Integration of online and offline business is the most efficient way for this giant entrepreneur.  

I believe Siri would win this battle of the intelligent home system because Apple shares the best ecosystem with other devices. Even though Siri is not SMART as expected now, it is just about time.  

Student

I use Amazon way too often. Their deals are way too good to pass up, especially being a prime member. I purchase a lot of shoes, books, and phone accessories from the website, but sometimes I find myself just browsing through miscellaneous things because they literally have everything one could possibly imagine. Amazon is usually my first stop when it comes to needing and/or wanting something but not knowing what brand to get.

 I have heard of a lot of people having Alexa in their homes, but I haven’t heard too many talk about Google or Siri. My sister has the Alexa home system in her home and I know that they really enjoy having it. I have always used Siri but I still haven’t heard of many people having it in their homes.

Student

I have been a Prime member for 3 years now and I purchase most household supplies and textbooks on Amazon. The membership is not cheap but I like saving myself the hassle of carrying heavy supplies and books from the actual stores. I also like Alexa more than Siri and Google. I think it is more intelligent than Siri and Google.

Student

I browse on Amazon any chance I get, honestly. It's a great place to go if I'm looking for something, but I'm not sure what specifically I want to buy as well as finding the exact thing I need. I purchase things like my swiffer refills, vaccum and vaccum filters, cat food, phone chargers, books, and anything I need that would require an extra trip to the store. (Think: I went grocery shopping already this week, but managed to run out of cat food earlier than expected). I'm a prime member, and when I'm visiting family I can get same day delievery a lot of the time. 

I personally haven't seen Google or Alexa in at home settings, but Siri is my go to for almost anything. 

Derek Mehraban's picture
Instructor
7/11/2017
Google, New Media