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Amazon Prime Day – 2017

Amazon Prime Day is a wrap! And I am sure it’s going to be largely a success for Amazon, per usual. For us it provided some good insight to both Amazon and Walmart’s dealings with each other. Our product, PricingIQ, was configured to price monitor 100 products on both retailers. The impetus behind this small project was to see how many price changes happened during PrimeDay and whether or not Walmart would just sit it out on the sidelines. What we learned was there were a lot of price changes, Walmart did not sit this one out, and it was a damn good day to buy a toothbrush! (All the products we monitored can be found here at the bottom of the page)

Price Changes

There were 92 price changes over a 30 some odd hour window – Amazon kicked off PrimeDay early and we just happened to be ready for it. A third of those price changes were a discount on previous pricing, the remaining were lapses in the PrimeDay pricing or a product going out of stock and the Buy Box moving to a 3rd Party Sellers from the Marketplace.

Some of the better pricing discounts we monitored were:

  • Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Black Electronic Power Rechargeable Toothbrush – went from $129.97 on both sites to $85.00, it took Walmart a few hours to price match but by noon PST they had. Both retailers increased their price to $129.96 by 7/12/2017.
  • Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ electric rechargeable toothbrush, HX8911 – surprisingly Walmart led the charge, yup I did it, with discounting this toothbrush from $97.07 to $79.97 on the evening before PrimeDay officially kicked off. Amazon ended up pricing matching this product by noon PST on PrimeDay. By end of PrimeDay they both were price at $96.50 but only to start the next day at $82.02. Implications around making you feel like you got a good deal the day of? Or just the Brand reducing their price across all their channels – I don’t know, but interesting nonetheless.
  • Philips Sonicare HX8332/12 Airfloss Ultra, Pink – by 7AM on Prime Day Aamazon had moved the price for the Airfloss down from $78.95 to $69.99. Walmart, equally priced to start, found price parity by noon PST on PrimeDay price matching to $69.99. This price both retailers have held post PrimeDay.
  • GoPro HERO5 Black – Amazon dropped the price here to $319.20 by using a clever trick of only giving you that discount if you purchased with their Amazon Prime card. This is not a direct MAP Violation because the GoPro MAP policy but I am not entirely sure its so black and white.

  • SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, (SDSQUNC-064G-GN6MA) – Is another potential MAP violation on a PrimeDay discount. This discount was only applied once you added this product to your cart. We also saw a similar strategy with a handful of other products.

  • Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso Maker, BVMC-ECMP1000 – Amazon also had a significant discount from $132.61 to $105.55. This one Walmart did not price match during PrimeDay.
  • Transformers: The Last Knight Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet – really just an honorable mention given the day, but Optimus Prime did drop from $60 to 58.91 through PrimeDay.

Other tidbits:

  • Amazon was not always leading the charge for discounts during PrimeDay, but they did quickly respond by matching Walmart’s pricing for certain products.
  • There is significant price tracking and price matching observed between both Amazon and Walmart – this was not an unknown and was expected though I did expected to see a higher amount across the dataset. My assumption at the moment is our sample size is too small and the products, while best sellers, are maybe not the most competitive.
  • The aggregate cost to own all the products we price tracked went from Walmart @ $8,047 & Amazon @ $7,625 to its lowest for Walmart @ Noon PST for $7,823 and Amazon’s lowest of $7,367 at 7AM PST. As of 7/12 Walmart to $8,020 and Amazon has stayed down to $7,499.

Conclusion

This was definitely a worthwhile exercise. We were able to see some of the things we thought we knew get proved out, at least to some degree. Beyond that though we left with more questions to be answered that we had not thought about – and that is a good thing! We have seen Amazon and Walmart both seemingly respond to the others price changes. There was also seemingly an attempt by Walmart to blunt some of Amazon’s Prime’I’ness by achieving price parity for some products that were for prime members only. Something tells me that if this becomes more and more prevelant that PrimeDays are going to go the way of the birds.

Finally we are still monitoring this same group of products throughout to day as our final point of analysis will be how many price moves both retailers do on a “normal” day.

Do you want access to our PrimeDay data? Send me a note and I will pass it along.


 

July 10, 2017

Amazon Prime Day Tomorrow! We are price tracking 100 products on Amazon and Walmart for the next three days. A very small subset of what both retailers carry (and what our price monitoring can handle)- but they are best seller products on both. At the moment there is roughly an aggregated $400 difference, favoring Amazon (Amazon $7640.09 vs Walmart $8041.56)

–More info to follow over the next couple of days! —

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  13. Brica Seat Guardian Car Seat Protector
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  20. Coleman Brazos 30-Degree Sleeping Bag
  21. Coleman Green Valley 40-Degree Sleeping Bag
  22. Coleman Sundome 2-Person Dome Tent
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  25. Delta Children 4 Pocket Hanging Wall Organizer, Beige
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  28. DRU’S TRANSFORMING VEHICLE
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  32. Epson WF-2750 All-in-One Wireless Color Printer with Scanner, Copier & Fax
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