"Even though the online retailer was burned badly playing the venture game, [Amazon.com] is still on the prowl for investment opportunities. But this time the deals are nowhere near as high-profile (in some cases Amazon.com doesn’t even announce them). And they also don’t come with hefty price tags. In the past three months, Amazon.com has bought assets of failed e-tailers such a Egghead.com and OurHouse.com. Last week, it signed an agreement to receive visitor traffic from San Francisco-based Switchouse, a defunct online swapping service for consumer goods."