Reports: Amazon.com to buy owner of Diapers.com, Soap.com

The deal price is around $540 million according to Fortune and The Wall Street Journal

Amazon.com has agreed to acquire Quidsi, operator of online retailers Soap.com and Diapers.com, for about US$540 million, according to published reports.

The deal could be officially announced as early as Monday, according to articles in Fortune Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, both based on anonymous sources.

The purchase price is about $200 million above Quidsi's current valuation, Fortune reported.

Quidsi's management will stay on and join Amazon.com, according to the Journal.

Diapers.com sells a wide variety of baby products, including toys and cribs, while Soap.com focuses on household items and personal care products.

Quidsi launched Diapers.com in 2005, while Soap.com made its debut in July of this year. Quidsi's strategy has been to offer a very wide variety of products, coupled with low cost and very fast delivery and sharp customer service.

Amazon.com bought online shoe seller Zappos.com last year for $1.1 billion.

Neither Amazon.com nor Quidsi responded to requests for comment.

Tags business issuesMergers / acquisitionse-commerceamazon.cominternet

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Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service

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