Amazon reduces prices and starts selling Echos at Whole Foods

Via @jordan327 & @canidechoi

True to their word, Amazon has cut prices on specific grocery staples at Whole Foods, which they now officially own as of this morning. Bloomberg logged prices last week and checked again today to find that organic Fuji apples have received the largest price cut, dropping 43% from $3.49 to $1.99 per pound. Other heavily discounted items include bananas, fish, beef, and avocados.

Amazon has also set up a “Farm Fresh” Amazon Echo display at several Whole Foods locations where they’re selling the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot at discounted prices of $99.99 and $44.99 respectively. There’s no need to hunt down one of these displays, however, because the same sale prices are currently available on Amazon’s site.

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