After Delving Into 33 Other Lines, Amazon Finally Gets Around to Food - New York Times: "Webvan and Pets.com tried to defy fiscal logic by selling goods with profit margins as low as their shipping costs were high. But these and other companies quickly learned that there was no easy way to make up the money lost on selling 50-pound bags of dog food or 20-pound packages of diapers.
Amazon?s approach is at least slightly different. The company will not ship perishable items, and will instead concentrate on dry goods like packaged cereals and canned food. Many of those items come packaged in groups, like last week?s best seller, the 4-pack of Senseo Douwe Egberts Dark Roast Coffee Pods. The 72 single-serve pods cost $16.40. "