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KiplingerAug 09, 2022
Amazon Adds Another Popular Smart Home Brand to its Amazon Prime Mix
That Roomba vacuum robot you were considering buying - or that's already patrolling your floors for dust bunnies - will soon have ties to your go-to online shopping service.

SEE MORE Alternatives to Amazon Prime for Free Shipping and More Amazon, which recently raised its Amazon Prime subscription price, is spending $1.7 billion to buy iRobot, the maker of the Roomba lineup of robot vacuum cleaners. This is Amazon's fourth-largest deal to acquire top brands offering popular consumer products. The iRobot purchase, pending shareholder approval at iRobot, follows the recent $3.9 billion acquisition of One Medical, a boutique primary care provider that directs Amazon deeper into the medical field. Amazon also spent $13.7 billion when it bought Whole Foods in 2017 and $8.45 billion buying MGM studios.

What does this mean for you? Just that the dots from famous brand names you know continue to connect to one name-brand owner: Amazon. And Amazon would like to make even more of your everyday and big-ticket purchases through Amazon Prime, not just on Amazon Prime Day. (If Amazon going deeper is a  turnoff, you can always step away from the online

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