That's right come on down! Beginning later this week, thanks to a fledgling partnership with online car dealer Greenlight.com, Amazon will offer customers the dizzying possibility of picking up the latest Harry Potter while simultaneously treating themselves to a brand-new Volkswagen. What would Henry Ford say?
The flesh-and-blood car salesman, once relegated to bunting-bedecked corner lots, continues to face stiff competition from his digital counterparts. And although some online car dealerships (like CarOrder.com, which discontinued its web retail presence) can't quite get a handle on the new medium, analysts predict Greenlight.com can only benefit from its association with Amazon, which with some 23 million customers counts itself among the most recognizable and popular sites on the Internet. Those benefits may come sooner than anyone expected: Moments after the alliance was announced, Greenlight.com was flooded by calls from enthusiastic investors. Sometimes it pays to play with the big boys.