Amazon will offer $5 discounts to shoppers who use its Price Check app

Americans are spending more time price comparing goods while browsing the aisles at brick-and-mortar retail stores, using their smartphones to gather more information.

Now, Amazon.com is offering $5 to shoppers if — in the words of reporter Tricia Duryee at All Things D — they “walk out of stores empty-handed.”

Amazon.com plans to run the promotion on Saturday, December 10th — a big shopping day at physical retailers. As part of the deal, shoppers can earn up to $15 for doing three price checks with Amazon’s bar-scanning iPhone or Android app.

“With every in-store price you share, you help ensure our prices remain competitive for our customers,” Amazon.com wrote in a note announcing the new promotion.

Mobile shopping and price gathering is on the rise, and just last month Seattle startup Decide.com rolled out a new iPhone app that tells shoppers whether they should buy or wait on a purchase of electronics gadgets. In their press materials, Decide.com noted that about 70 percent of smartphone users are now consulting their mobile phones before making a purchase.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/clive.boulton clive boulton

    BestBuy, Frys, etc must love being Amazon’s showroom

  • Rory01

    Slash and burn! Amazon sees to kill all independent business competition. Beware, it’s only a bargain for a minute until they wipe out all their competition, and close down what few independent businesses that are left, then they name their prices, it’s a costly $5.00 savings.