My wife and I basically have quit Christmas shopping, so this whole controversy has me asking "What don't I understand about truth, justice, and the American Way?" If you haven't read the story about the Amazon Price Check App and the criticism of it from Olympia Snowe as "an attack on Main Street businesses", read Furor surrounds Amazon's price-comparison app in the LA Times and/or Backlash Against Amazon Price Check Builds Steam in Technology News World or any one of the hundreds of articles online. Apparently, and I say apparently because I've never used it, while shopping in "brick and mortar" stores (we don't see many of those in our malls in California) a customer can scan an item's bar code to compare prices with rival local merchants and online merchants. According to Snowe what Amazon was really doing was just "incentivizing consumers to spy on local shops." And from The LA Times article: From the Technology News World article: What we have here is an attack on competitiveness by a member of Congress. I expect it from retailers representatives, but Congress is discussing a uniform method of sales tax collection on e-commerce and this is just bad form. How much shopping (meaning buying) would be diverted when people are in true "brick and mortar" "main street" stores? Or are we talking about frugal people in a Macy's or Target? Would you really, on December 10, walk out of a store without a Christmas purchase in your possession to get it somewhere else in the future, all to save 10%?