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Out-Amazoning Amazon

Let’s face it: Amazon is convenient. I try hard not to shop at Amazon, just as I avoid Wal*Mart and the like. I shop local and like to support independent business owners. DGLM is a small business, too, and supporting other small businesses is important to me. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t go to Amazon.com every day. I use it for book research and to track clients’ sales; I’ll also use it to comparison shop prices on other goods. It’s impossible to avoid, even if I rarely purchase anything there.

One of Amazon’s most annoying tactics has been to try to capitalize on other retailers’ brick and mortar stores—releasing apps that allow consumers to go shop for something in the real world, scan the item with their phones, then buy the item for less money through Amazon. Amazon avoids pesky rent in expensive commercial areas, but gets the advantage of the showroom. This, understandably, drives business owners crazy. But now they have a way, of sorts, to retaliate: a Chrome plug-in that allows Amazon UK users to search on Amazon, but gives you the price of the book at your local shop—reverse showrooming, or some such! It’s completely genius! On the one hand, it almost works as a piece of criticism, making the shopper think twice before clicking the buy button. And on the other, it’s actually a great shopping tool, seeing as books are sometime cheaper at your local store than they are at Amazon. Here’s hoping someone gets this to work in the US, too.

2 Responses to Out-Amazoning Amazon

  1. Iola says:

    I live in New Zealand, and I\\’d like to see that app as well, because the shipping charges from the US make me think twice about buying from Amazon. But lack of availability locally often means Amazon is faster and cheaper than buying locally, even with the shipping charges and the one-week wait.

  2. Zuly says:

    Hi Bro!this is the top most website what i like.Good Collection of the songs. i love it the way the site is.Any i say u r roicnkg all of us.Even we are some where in the world. the fastest in world way to get the telugu songs is this site. Srinviasa Goud Gjust one feedback : please remove the unnnasary/less hit movie songs.and please add some middle age song as a remembering .. like what u r done for premikuda.please make sure that all hit movies of telugu will be available.VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait…

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