Hey, it’s the season of buying tons of stuff that you’ll regret in the next couple of months. And in the search for our insatiable appetite for gear and deals, Amazon is ready to offer you $5 off your purchase if you go into a local store, scan the item using their Price Check app, and then purchase it through Amazon! Dafuq?
Yeah, basically the Wal-mart of the internet wants you to help destroy your local economy and their willing to bribe you with an entire $5 discount. That’s like a slice of pizza and a fountain soda (cans cost money b*tch) here in NYC. Amazon is clearly hoping to snatch away potential brick and mortar sales from local competitors, but what they’re really doing is making it harder for small business to compete.
Amazon isn’t the only online retailer hoping to woo customers away from the long lines and crowded spaces, eBay has also recently started promoting their mobile app on television (random bit of info: they’ve got the subways plastered with ads too). The move by both Amazon and eBay is intended to “empower consumers” but can have long term negative effects at some of the places you may frequent.
Though in these hard times many consumers may not think twice about saving a few bucks, Amazon is definitely looking like the Grinch to their smaller, local competitors. For those that may not care about their local businesses are looking for a deal, you can download the Amazon Price Check app on iOS and Android.