does some holiday shopping, and picks up, and

Last year, bought shoe-retailer and customer service-centric Zappos for $900 million.

This year, like many of us, they spent a little less on their next big acquisition--a $540 million deal for

By buying the parent company of, Amazon will also get, which sells drugstore products, and, which sells makeup and skin and hair products.

Quite a threesome of strong domain names.

From The New York Times:

The acquisition suggests how far Amazon will go to maintain its edge in many corners of e-commerce, including sales of bulky household items for which it competes against and online drugstores.

Sources: The New York Times and Fortune

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