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Amazon declares war on local retailers

Today Amazon takes its war on local retail to the next level actually enticing buyers to price shop and try things in local stores with their application and then giving them an additional 5% discount to buy with the app at the time.

This is bordering on anti-competitive and really is starting to get ugly. I love Amazon and am a prime member, but will not participate in this outright attack on America’s main street.

I implore you to please not reward this kind of behavior and though I have a ton of Christmas shopping left to do I will refrain from Amazon through Sunday in my own little protest against this.

If you use Amazon’s Price Check app in a brick-and-mortar store to comparison shop, Amazon will give you a 5 percent discount (up to $5) in its online store. You can redeem the offer on select items in the categories of electronics, toys, sports, music and DVDs three times, for savings of up to $15.

The app uses barcode scanning, camera, speech or text search to find Amazon’s lowest prices. The promotion runs from 9 p.m. December 9 to 11:59 p.m. December 10 (Pacific Standard Time).

That is how long my protest will last.

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