On Friday morning, Amazon announced it was buying upscale grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.
It's the largest Amazon acquisition to date and the announcement caused a ripple effect as other grocery giants saw their shares dip — Kroger by 14 percent, Costco by 6 percent and even the retail giant Walmart was down 5 percent.
In the deal, Amazon will pay $42 per share in cash for Whole Foods, which is based in Texas. While business experts and the market alike try to determine what this mega deal means for both Amazon, Whole Foods and grocery stores on the whole, Twitter already knows how to process this information. From speculating that the deal was really just an Alexa command gone wrong, the beginning of a new world of odd mergers to suggestions of what grocery stores should be purchased next, Twitter has all the jokes and questions we all want to know the answers to.
Read on for the funniest tweets about the Amazon-Whole Foods merger.
Maybe Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos didn't really buy Whole Foods — maybe it was all Alexa
Amazon’s virtual personal assistant, Alexa, is helpful for all kinds of things. You can ask her to get you a car from Lyft, play music, get news updates, accidentally let your toddler request porn ... the options are nearly limitless.
But there's also room for Alexa to misunderstand and some people wonder if Jeff Bezos simply wanted to order groceries while Alexa had others plans. Buy groceries, buy the whole grocery store chain, they seem kind of close to us. We wonder if you can get Prime shipping on a whole grocery store chain, though.
Bezos: "Alexa, buy me something from Whole Foods"— Jeff Lewis (@ChicagoPhotoSho) June 16, 2017
Alexa: "Buying Whole Foods"
Bezos to personal assistant: "Pick me up some groceries, please."— Ed Bott (@edbott) June 16, 2017
Assistant: "OK, I just bought Whole Foods."
Some had ideas about what the nearly $14 billion actually gets you
We've all heard the jokes about Whole Foods really being "Whole Paycheck" because of how expensive the grocery store can be. This left some on Twitter wondering if Bezos really bought the whole Texas-based chain or if it was just a really expensive grocery run instead of a huge mega-merger that has the potential to change the face of retail grocery shopping forever.
What does $13.7 billion get you at Whole Foods anyway?
Problem is, spending $13.7 billion at Whole Foods only gets you one slightly used organic gluten free grape.— Kashana (@kashanacauley) 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
Others realized the potential for some very convenient prime opportunities
Amazon Prime's two-day shipping is pretty much the only reason any of us willingly spend the money for Prime (okay, maybe there's some television programming we like, but it's really the shipping).
With Amazon buying Whole Foods, some are hoping that shipping deal will apply to groceries soon as well, meaning we never have to leave our houses for organic asparagus water and artisanal, locally grown Meyer lemons ever again.
All I can hope for is free prime delivery on my groceries from Whole Foods.— Casey Kelley (@ckelley) June 16, 2017
While others had some ideas about the next big merger
Forget about wondering how the deal came about, speculating about the cost and hoping for Prime shipping. Some folks on Twitter are already looking ahead to the next great merger and have some suggestions for what should come next. GoDaddy buy Cracker Barrel? McDonalds buy Target?
USA. United States of Amazon. (Amazon buys Whole Foods, what's next)— Aboud Dweck (@PhotoDweck) June 16, 2017
GoDaddy to buy Cracker Barrel— Seth Abramovitch (@SethAbramovitch) June 16, 2017
We don't know about those. What we do know is it's all about weird combinations and while there were a lot of suggestions, there was one standout favorite and it involves another beloved grocery store, Trader Joes.