Look, I’ll be honest. At this point, trying to predict a launch date for Amazon is going to require some divination. There’s been no word from the ‘800-pound gorilla’ and no comment on the speculation. All that potential bargain hunters can do is keep refreshing that home page.
But over the weekend Amazon Australia’s HTML changed, giving some indication of its first round of product offerings and providing a glimmer of hope that that launch is fast approaching.
It seems every second day there are fresh batch of speculation about Amazon Australia’s arrival. We’ve been following along as best we can since the rumours first started flying about the Australian launch of the Bezos behemoth but we’re no closer to finding out just when the site will go live.
Over the weekend, astute Amazon-watchers noticed that the HTML for the webpage title had changed when using search engines such as Google from “Shop for Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Books, Apps for Android, Cloud Drive, and Audible Audiobooks” to “Shop online for Electronics, Computers, Clothing, Shoes, Toys, Books, DVDs, Sporting Goods, Beauty & more.”
When using this handy Google trick to see the kinds of products that we’re loaded onto the site, I found DVDs and Blu-Rays for movies such as Mulholland Drive, The Grinch, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Howl’s Moving Castle. I didn’t find things like Nintendo Switch consoles or too many consumer tech gadgets but I did find sporting goods such as basketball rings.
Does that mean we’ll see a launch within days? Weeks? Months? DECADES?
I’ve stopped wondering and started refreshing Amazon.com.au because that’s about all we can do anymore.
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