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Amazon Price Check App Furor

Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. phrelin

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    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%?
     
  2. The Merg

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    What people complain about just amazes me. I'll compare prices of brick and mortar stores with online shops. If the brick and motor store is cheaper, I'll buy from there. It's that simple.

    - Merg
     
  3. Drucifer

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    The big difference between Brick & Mortar and Online is the cost of running several B&M locations compare to the cost of a single Online Location.
     
  4. dpeters11

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    I'll pay a bit more to a small business, but if it's a big chain, I'll go Internet if it's cheaper. But the small business can't be too much more. I have a standing 10% discount at a bicycle shop, they get my business on things thy carry or can order.
     
  5. SayWhat?

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    What's fun is when you find the item at the Big Chain B&M website for less, or in a better color or special 'web only' combination package and they'll deliver to your home for free.
     
  6. Lord Vader

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    A single online location? Which one? Have you any idea of how extensive Amazon's business is? They are far from a "single online location."

    I'm willing to bet they have more facilities locations, employ more people, use more energy, and incur more costs than many brick & mortar stores. So much for the limited expenses of a "single online location." :rolleyes:
     
  7. dualsub2006

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    It's funny, but around here the local mom & pop stores were run off years ago by Walmart.

    There used to be local businesses that I bought from all the time. I bought clothing, computer parts, books, dishes, appliances and all sorts of other things from locally owned and operated businesses. Every one of them are gone.

    If anyone can bring Walmart down, it's Amazon, and I'm all for that.
     
  8. Drucifer

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    Amazon is an exception. They're a monster.

    Most Internet businesses are limited in products in their line of business.
     
  9. trh

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    I remember in 1972 going with my parents when they were looking for a new car. We went to 4-5 dealerships within about 30 miles pricing the same car. I wonder what Olympia Snowe would say about that? What about all the people who "let their fingers do the walking" through the Yellow Pages? What the customer doing is nothing new; it is just the technology. Probably fueled by a group in Washington that want a federal sales tax on purchases made via the internet.
     
  10. Davenlr

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    It works in reverse too. When I see something I want in a B&M local store, Ill check the reviews on Amazon.com to see if they have lots of negatives before I buy it.

    Basically, Id rather buy certain items locally, especially if I think I might need to return it, or want it right away, or dont want to wait for it. If its something that is not available locally (and its getting worse...see how many online items for B&M stores say "WEB ONLY"), then Ill shop online for best price.

    WalMart is the worst. Many times, their web prices are LESS than the store. I went to buy a 60" TV I saw on the website, and the store wanted $300 more + tax. Manager would not price match their own website. Drove to Best Buy, and they had the same model for $25 more + tax. Did I order from Walmart.com to save the $25+tax? Hell No. Walked out of Best Buy with it. Heck with WalMart.
     
  11. photostudent

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    I was in Sam's Club a while back and there were two Costco employees chatting and writing down prices. I know this is not uncommon. I think at one time Walmart bragged in an ad that they checked their competitors prices to make sure they were the lowest. Is it somehow immoral that shippers now can do the same?
     
  12. Draconis

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    It’s nothing new, I have been using an app on my iPhone called RedLaser to do the same price comparisons for years. (The local Walmart hates me when I ask them to price-match.)

    I just guess that now that AMAZON is doing it it’s going to destroy the retail industry. :nono2:
     
  13. pfp

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    $325 more just because you were mad at Walmart - There is NO WAY I'd do that.
     
  14. Nick

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    Well, I haven't heard the expression, "Cutting off your nose to spite your face" in a long time but it seems to apply here. There is just no way, all things being equal, that I would spend an extra $325 just to avoid doing business with a company.
    Pretty much the same thing.
     
  15. Drew2k

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    Dave wold be the best to address it, but I read his post differently:

    Walmart had an online price A, and an in-store price of A+300+tax, and would NOT match the online price.

    Best Buy had the in-store price of A+25+tax.

    He bought the TV at Best Buy, so it didn't cost him an extra $325, only an extra $25 + tax. (He even says: "Did I order from Walmart.com to save the $25+tax? Hell No.")

    I would probably have done the same thing...
     
  16. SayWhat?

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    I read the post as WM's on-line price +$25 at BB.

    Personally, I would never do business with either.

    I'd like to know the model number to see if I could have beaten it from my usual sources.
     
  17. cj9788

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    Wal Mart clearly says on it's website that the stores will not match the online price. Sad but true.....
     
  18. Drucifer

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    But will deliver to store for a FREE Pickup Service.

    That's the hilarious part. :lol:
     
  19. Christopher Gould

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    Then there is "pick up today" where you buy online and if its in the store you can pick it up in 1-3 hours.
     
  20. bobukcat

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    I've been using the Amazon app for over two years, it's certainly nothing new but I guess changing the name of it to Price Checker got people worked up. Sometimes it changes my mind about where and what to buy and some times it doesn't. I agree that it's the way things are and trying to fight it is just wasting time and energy. If a local store wants my business over Amazon or a different on-line merchant they had better find a way to add value to the purchase!
     

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