(AMZN - Get Report) will issue up to $16 billion in debt to fund its pending acquisition of Whole Foods Market (WFM) . With that kind of chump change, Amazon could have wiped out some of its struggling bricks-and-mortar retail competitors once and for all.

So what does $16 billion buy? Try Macy's (M - Get Report) , Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS - Get Report) , J.C. Penney (JCP - Get Report) and Sears Holding Corp (SHLD)  -- collectively their market caps only tally $11.3 billion.

Jeff Bezos would even be left with more than $3.73 billion in change to pick a next target...or go to brunch over 400 million times.

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Editors' Pick: Originally published on August 15, 2017.