Amazon is raising an army of geeks to install your smart home

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That drop may reflect investor worries that Amazon could potentially compete with Best Buy's in-home handyman service, which has been a cash cow for the company. In that case, Amazon connected consumers with vetted home pros for a wider range of services, including things like consumer electronics installations, but also general home improvement services, plumbing, auto mechanics, lawn care, housekeeping, iPhone fix, and much more. The world's fourth-most valuable public company has moved far beyond retail and into digital media, including a TV and movie production company; a logistics business complete with its own aircraft, trucks, and drones; an in-house line of home goods; and cloud computing and Web services.

Wonder who Amazon is going after...? They've also undergone background checks which is another way to help present Amazon as a company to trust. Now, according to reporting from Recode, Amazon will be a major competitor in the space.

The services are only available in a handful of areas, including Amazon's home turf of Seattle as well as Los Angeles, Portland (Oregon), Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. Now, Amazon wants to add being on your doorstep and in your home to that long, and growing list.

Best Buy's Geek Squad has been making it easier for the tech-adverse to set up complicated technology in homes for years. They also provide tech support and fix services for PCs.

Amazon is aiming to win the smart home revolution, so it wants to make installing its assistant, Alexa, as easy as possible.

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But now that Amazon is getting into home consultations, Best Buy should be anxious that it will keep expanding. Then the expert comes to your home where you can "test drive" smart home products through interactive demos and in-person tutorials.

Best Buy's Geek Squad helps customers setup and troubleshoot gadgets. You can use Apple's website to find a local Apple Consultants Network member to help, assuming you've heard of the program.

IBD'S TAKE: For all of Amazon's heft, Best Buy remains the consumer-electronics market leader by revenue.

Amazon recently introduced its new "Smart Home Consultation" service, which is extremely similar to Best Buy's Geek Squad technology consultation and support business.

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