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Walmart joins Target, drops Amazon Kindle products

Walmart is the second big-box chain to stop selling all Amazon Kindle tablets and e-readers in its stores, Reuters reports. Target booted the electronic devices from its shelves about five months ago.
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Walmart is the second big-box chain to stop selling all Amazon Kindle tablets and e-readers in its stores, Reuters reports.

Target booted the electronic devices from its shelves about five months ago.

Brick-and-mortar retailers, like Walmart, Target and Best Buy, are trying to battle the practice of "showrooming" -- when shoppers check out a product in a store and then buy it online from websites like Amazon.

In May, Target partnered with Shopkick, a smartphone app that can earn shoppers gift cards and discounts.

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