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Amazon’s promotion — paying consumers to visit small businesses and leave empty-handed — is an attack on Main Street businesses that employ workers in our communities. Small businesses are fighting everyday to compete with giant retailers, such as Amazon, and incentivizing consumers to spy on local shops is a bridge too far.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) • Openly criticizing Amazon’s new price-check app, which allows users to go in stores, scan the barcodes and see if Amazon has lower prices than said shops do — for a discounted price at Amazon. With the location feature turned on, consumers effectively can let Amazon know what their brick-and-mortar competitors are selling something for. What do you all think? Clever or sketchy? Does it empower the consumer or hurt small businesses? source (viafollow)
December 11, 2011 // 11:03 // 2 years ago
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  10. idroolinmysleep said: But there are lots of other smartphone apps that do the exact same thing (in fact, Lifehacker just did a round-up: lifehacker.com/5866851…), and Amazon is far from being the first, either.
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  15. chartier said: It destroys small business. Before the internet, you’d get punched if you walked into a competitor’s store to hand out $5 coupons. Heck, you still would today. Some innovations go over the line, and I think this is one.
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