Amazon Price Check app offering up to $5 discount criticized by Florida retailers, unfair competition seen

By on Dec 10, 2011 in Business, Lifestyle, Shopping, United States Comments

The Amazon Price Check app that offers up to $5 discount, which is now available at, is being criticized by a group of retailers in Florida and calls it as an unfair competition.

According to a post at Sun Sentinel on Thursday, December 8, 2011, the Retail Industry Leaders Association is strongly criticizing the Amazon Price Check application, which was launched recently.

As noted by Amazon, the online retail shop is offering “Price Check” app users a 5 percent or up to $5 savings on selected items in electronics, toys, music, sports, and DVD on Saturday, December 10, 2011 only.

Amazon emphasized that the offer is available to as many as three items, which means shoppers could save $15 on selected products with “Get Deal” button, with the app available for Android and iPhone users.

By using barcode, scanning, camera, speech or text search, Amazon shoppers will be able to find for the lowest prices from their official website and their merchants, which shared prices noted to remain competitive for their customers.

However, RILA announced its strong opposition against the said Amazon shopping app noting that it creates unfair competition since Florida is among the US states where sales taxes are not being implemented.

“Every Florida retailer has the ability to match or beat a price, but Florida retailers can’t compete against a company like Amazon that’s given special treatment in the tax code,” RILA spokesman Jason Brewer was quoted on the report.

“The holiday season is make or break for thousands of Florida retailers, and the unfair advantage being given to Amazon could drive some of them out of business. With them go jobs, community investment and lost tax revenue,” Brewer added.

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