NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Every year since 1997 I've tried to do at least some of my Christmas shopping online.
What I have found is that, in general, Amazon (AMZN) wins my business. This was more true in the past than it will be in the future, as sales taxes are gradually figured into the mix.
But even with my house turned into a store -- sales taxes are typically imposed based on a merchant's location -- I find the search process at Amazon straightforward, the deliveries efficient, the merchandise arriving as advertised.
But over the last few years a new threat to Amazon has emerged -- Walmart (WMT). Their Vudu operation is one of the largest sellers of online video. The site has an Amazon-like look-and-feel; you can pick things up at the store. They are almost nine times bigger, by sales volume, than Amazon. As the online world grows, they are in it to win it.With that tale-of-the-tape, I took my dear heart's Christmas list to the Google (GOOG), focusing on what both these giant merchants can do. First. If what you want is not in a standard size -- and picture frames are often in non-standard sizes --
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