When I read the headline and saw a U.S. Senator was denouncing the concept of providing consumers with information, I thought: “I bet it’s a Democrat.” And I was (functionally) right:
An uproar over the Price Check shopping app, used on mobile devices, erupted after Amazon launched a promotion for Saturday that gives customers 5% off (up to $5) on up to three qualifying items on its site if they check the prices of those goods on the app while browsing at a physical store.
Retail trade groups denounced the offer, saying it unfairly encouraged shoppers to check products at stores and then buy them online. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) entered the fray, calling the promotion “anti-competitive” and “an attack on Main Street businesses that employ workers in our communities.” Amazon defended the device as pro-consumer and not anti-small business.
Information is good. Access to information is good. It cannot be anti-competitive for consumers to have better and more immediate access to information.
Olympia Snowe, you functional Democrat, chew on this: if readers buy their Christmas products though the Amazon search box on the sidebar, it will benefit this site. I hope giving people this information isn’t offending you too much!