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Get Your Organic… Echos? Here’s What’s Cheaper at Amazon’s Whole Foods

Retail giant slashes prices on day one of owning the high-end grocer

Jody Allard

Published on: August 29, 2017

Jason Del Rey, via Twitter (@DelRey)

Pictures cropped up on social media yesterday of Amazon advertising fresh-picked deals on their popular Echo product, leading many people to wonder if they were a joke. The pictures are real, and if you go to your local Whole Foods today — only one day after Amazon officially took over ownership — you might spot electronics lurking among your organic produce.

But that’s not the only thing the online retail giant is changing about Whole Foods. The chain has already dropped prices substantially, and Amazon promises more price cuts to come. So where will you find the biggest savings? Prices vary nationwide, but here in Washington the biggest price cuts seem to have come to the produce, dairy and meat aisles.

Over the weekend, The Seattle Times scouted prices at Whole Foods. When they went back yesterday to price compare, here’s some of what they found:

  • 365-brand cage-free eggs went from $3.79 to $2.99 per dozen
  • 365-brand butter prices dropped by 50 cents
  • Bananas decreased from 99 cents to 69 cents per pound
  • Some apple varieties decreased by $1 per pound
  • Grass-fed organic lean ground beef dropped from $9.99 per pound to $6.99 per pound
  • Farmed Alaskan salmon dropped by a whopping $3 per pound
  • Whole chickens dropped by $1 per pound

Only time will tell what other changes may come to the Amazon version of Whole Foods. But it seems fair to say that the store often referred to as “Whole Paycheck” may not deserve the nickname much longer.

Are you a devoted Whole Foods shopper? What do you think about the changes? Tell us in the comments.

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