Amazon Offers Mobile Price-Checking Shoppers a Deal
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
December 07 2011 08:32 PM ET
Amazon will pay holiday shoppers to use its new Price Check mobile app this Saturday (Dec. 10). The e-commerce giant announced today (Dec. 7) that it would give users a 5 percent discount on items purchased through Price Check, a price-comparison app for iPhones and Android phones.
The timing is good. Mobile shopping is on the rise, with nearly 40 percent of the 90 million smartphone owners having purchased items from their phones, according to a recent comScore survey.
But don’t get too excited about scoring big discounts. Amazon limits its 5 percent discount to $5. App users can apply the discount on up to three items for a total savings of $15, no matter what they buy. Amazon will also require users to activate "Location Services" on their phones, so that Amazon can “see” you are really out shopping in a bricks-and-mortar store, not just lying around on your sofa.
After adding qualifying products to the shopping cart in the Price Check app, shoppers must complete their purchases from Amazon within 24 hours. Discounts will be automatically applied at checkout.
Price Check is available for free from iTunes for iPhone and from the Amazon App store and the Android Market for Android.