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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the world's leading online retailer is buying Spain's BuyVIP, an online shopping hub with 6 million members across Europe. As a private sales club, BuyVIP offers its membership base access to fashions and lifestyle brands for as much as 70% off.
In other words, Amazon isn't just making a play to go upscale overseas. There's also a discounting element here. In other words, it's straddling the realms of both Blue Nile
Amazon knows its place in the online space. It carries a broad line of products at attractive price points. It opens up its storefront to third-party vendors to broaden its offerings. It wants to reach a higher-end clientele, but it also doesn't want to dilute its brand as a mainstream retailer. When it wanted some more skin in designer handbags and accessories, it launched Endless.com four years ago. It snapped up Zappos last year.
Amazon isn't afraid to go outside of its organic offerings if there's a void that can be better served by a company that it can acquire. Earlier this year, it bought Woot.com. Two years ago, it was digital audiobooks specialist Audible.
This doesn't mean that Amazon will buy anything that moves, just for the sake of incremental sales. Bluefly
The e-tailer's shopping list is long, but not all-inclusive. Right now, BuyVIP makes perfect sense. The popularity of daily deal websites where online groups gather for timely bargains is driving its strategy through both Woot and a more upscale play in BuyVIP. The Transatlantic allure of BuyVIP also helps, especially if it's serious about conquering Europe through Lovefilm before Netflix
So keep on shopping, Amazon. If the price is right, now is not the time to be a shrinking violet.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been shopping online since the early 1990s, even before Amazon.com was around. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this article, except for Netflix. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.