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Amazon encourages shoppers to leave retail stores empty-handed

By Rick
Dec 8, 2011
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  1. Amazon is set to reveal a promotion this weekend which is raising eye brows. The online retailer asks that customers scan merchandise at local retailers using their mobile app. If…

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,524   +324

    I like the fact that water stones argument is that you need to be physically at the book store to really choose your book, yet the whole point of this is that amazon is encouraging you to go into the store and choose a book? Then just buy it off amazon? Or water stones lower there prices this weekend? That would have a adverse effect wouldn't it? If all companies lowered there prices to amazons level just when these promotions come out.
     
  3. "The computer screen is a terrible environment in which to select books. All that 'If you read this, you'll like that' – it's a dismal way to recommend books. A physical bookshop in which you browse, see, hold, touch and feel books is the environment you want."

    Just what I need, some jerk telling me what I want and how I am supposed to buy something. How about you let us decide what we want and where we are going to buy it from. The only reason I go to a local store is because sometimes I cant wait for a product or they might have a comparable price.

    I understand supporting local business, but if they want me to shop there and "pay more" you have to give me a darn good reason. Innovate ways to draw people and make it worth my while to pay more. I know its better for your local economy, but they way we buy goods now are changing and local businesses have to change too.
     
  4. AlienOverlord

    AlienOverlord TS Rookie Posts: 27

    "The computer screen is a terrible environment in which to select books. All that 'If you read this, you'll like that' ? it's a dismal way to recommend books. A physical bookshop in which you browse, see, hold, touch and feel books is the environment you want."
    I'm glad he told me what i want because i wasn't sure.
     
  5. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 275

    Is this really any different than a store saying they'll beat a competitors price?

    It is cheeky, but I'm not sure it will work all that well. It means stores will get more foot traffic, and they can counter with their own deals. That $15 savings may be less attractive if the retailer offers a $10 gift card with a $50 purchase. And you get the product right there, and then.
     
  6. Sounds like a stalemate with the environmental argument.
    AMAZON requires a electrical device (e.gSmartphone) + burning of fossil fuels = more CO2

    (WATERSTONES) books require paper to be printed on + less trees = more CO2
     
  7. Yesterday I went to Chapters to buy a Dance with Dragons (George RR Martin), it was being sold for 38.99 CAD, and then found it for 25 $ on amazon.ca. Sorry but why in the world would I pay 14 $ more uh ? So that minimum wages employees can keep their cash ? All the bookstores in the world can close their doors I could care less as long as amazon ( 5 * service) and at least an online competitor stay I would be happy. I mean they wanted the freedom of setting their own prices, well in return the competition is free to crush them.

    God Bless Capitalism !

    PS: time to get that price app for my itouch ^^
     
  8. These people are just scared of progress. They know the future is in online retail, but they refuse to admit it. And his claim that amazon doesn't have the consumer in mind is absolutely ridiculous. Amazon is just about the only company I've ever dealt with that I have nothing bad to say about. They are the model that all other consumer-driven companies should follow. I'm not the only one who thinks so either. Correct if i'm wrong but i'm pretty sure amazon was ranked number one in customer satisfaction out of like all companies every where. This is just another way amazon is pushing the envelope in online retail, and another reason they are the hugely successful company they are now.
     
  9. So can I scan a six dollar book/item and get it for a buck? Is there limitations on this stuff?
     
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,262   +1,551

    If I actually walk in the store and see the item I want, I will walk out with the item I want. My whole point in buying on-line is so I can buy items that the local retailer doesn't have. If I could actually find the item I'm looking for at a local retailer, I wouldn't have a need in buying on-line.
     
  11. The real question is, if we scan something for under $5 will Amazon pay us or give us a credit?
     
     
  12. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    local retailers need to step their game up, not beg for mercy
     
  13. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Actually the best way of choosing anything to buy is to read the reviews online, not go into a shop and impulse buy something.
     
  14. This is sarcasm right? You realize there are warehouses full of people paid to write reviews on www sites for products they have never even seen.
     
  15. Exactly, I'll pay 5 dollars (even more) above the online cost if I can drive down and get it. Plus there is the issue of gas expenditure. Are people going to run all around town and waste all day, and burn up 10.00 of gas so they can save 15 dollars? I really doubt this is going to have any noticeable impact on retailers sales. People aren't that stupid... oh wait
     
  16. Night Hacker

    Night Hacker TS Enthusiast Posts: 113   +12

    The book stores, oh, you mean the ones that charge Canadians more money for the books than Americans even though the Canadian $ is almost at par.... this sounds like a good business idea where the consumer wins out. It's why we have a competitive market, it drives the prices down.
     
  17. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 349

    "The computer screen is a terrible environment in which to select books. All that 'If you read this, you'll like that' ? it's a dismal way to recommend books. A physical bookshop in which you browse, see, hold, touch and feel books is the environment you want."

    Holy macaroni, speak for yourself, bro. That has to be the single most ignorant comment I have ever read in my entire life. That is exactly what I DON'T want - a bunch of other shoppers and possibly even store staff judging what books I buy. No thanks, I'll stick with amazon where I can browse through what I want while I enjoy my coffee.
     
  18. Not compatible.. for Canadians... how ****ing stupid is that
    :(

    Esp since "stores" here rip off customers for books far worse!
     
  19. Man these kind of demagogues by mom-and-pop store owners are at the same time hilarious and scary. Hopefully they are not rich nor numerous enough to get their ways in Congress. And, this is taken from the link to the statement website:

    "RILA supports bipartisan legislation introduced in the House and in the Senate that would level the playing field and force all retailers to compete under the same rules. In a hearing last week before the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) summed up the need for Congressional action by saying:

    "I don't think Congress should be in the business of picking winners and losers. Inaction by Congress today results in a system today that does pick winners and losers."
    Gruenwald, Juliana, "Congress Urged to Close Online Sales-Tax Loophole," National Journal, 11/30/11"

    They must think we're stupid or something.
     
  20. Actually, it's 5% off, up to $5.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000749751
     


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