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December 9, 2011 6:36 AM Subscribe
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Amazon has recently declared that tomorrow is Price Check day
. If you go into a brick and mortar retail store with Amazon’s new Price Check App
on your smart phone, and scan a barcode with the location settings active, and then report back to Amazon on the price of that product, Amazon will deduct $5 from your online purchase of that product. Amazon claims it’s trying to keep prices low for consumers, but others attribute the move to a less innocuous agenda
While the promotion doesn’t actually cover books, the independent bookseller community
has been the most vocal about the promotion with several bookseller blogs
suggesting alternatives, and an "Occupy Amazon" facebook event
being scheduled to protest Amazon's promotion. Bookstores have begun complaining about being used as mere “showrooms” for books
, with the actual purchase of the book occurring online. A recent study
seems to indicate that they have a point, finding 24% of people who bought books online saying they had looked at the book in a bookstore first, and 39% of people who bought books from Amazon specifically saying they had looked at the book in brick and mortar bookstore prior to purchase.