On Friday morning, Amazon announced that it will acquire Whole Foods in a $13.7 billion deal —Amazon’s largest transaction to date. The deal between the companies has caused Twitter to explode with comedic commentary, with many nodding to overpriced goods at Whole Foods and Amazon’s ubiquity.
Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion aka two trips to Whole Foods https://t.co/WMb20s4GcV
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) June 16, 2017
Amazon buys Whole Foods for 13.7 billion, roughly equivalent to 11 shopping bags of their organic berries.
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) June 16, 2017
AMAZON, 1998: hello we sell books but online
AMAZON, 2023: please return to your Primehouse for your nightly Primemeal, valued Primecitizen
— KRANG T. NELSON (@KrangTNelson) June 16, 2017
It is now possible to live your entire life while only buying products from Jeff Bezos
— Christopher Mims (@mims) June 16, 2017
With the hefty all-cash transaction, many suggested that it was a mistake — perhaps an Amazon Alexa request gone wrong or a simple misunderstanding.
Jeff Bezos: "Alexa, buy me something from Whole Foods."
Alexa: "Sure, Jeff. Buying Whole Foods now."
Jeff Bezos: "WHA- ahh go ahead." pic.twitter.com/GuJ2jlAiuU
— JESAL (@JesalTV) June 16, 2017
Bezos: I need a suggestion for my money
Crowd: Pay your workers more
Bezos: I heard "Buy Whole Foods"
— Leonard Pierce (@leonardpierce) June 16, 2017
Some joked that the purchase is a way to expand warehouse space.
BEZOS, yesterday: Looking for some ideas...
PEOPLE: improve warehouse conditions
BEZOS, today: Loud and clear! We bought Whole Foods.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 16, 2017