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On December 10th only (today), Amazon will give a 5% discount on up to 3 items for anyone who buys products through Amazon’s Price Check app. According to Amazon, the discount is valid “on selected items in electronics, toys, sports, music and DVDs, just by checking a price”.

So what do you have to do for this? First, you’d need the latest version of Amazon’s Price Check app for iOS or Android. You can also read the promotion’s fine print on the app’s page. Once you download the app, do the following steps:


  • Enable location services on your mobile device to let the app recognize your location (see here how).
  • Launch the app and choose a product either by snapping a picture of the product with your device’s camera, scanning the product’s barcode, saying the products name or typing the product’s name into the app.
  • The app will show you the available deals, and if you find that Amazon’s price is the best and the product is eligible for the discount, go ahead and place it in your shopping cart. You must complete the purchase within 24 hours or the discount will expire.
  • The 5% discount will be automatically applied to your purchase when you check out from within the Price Check app.

The catch? The discount only goes up to $5 per item, and is limited to three different items. This can still amount to a $15 discount, which is not so bad a deal.

What do you think? Is this actually a good deal or simply a shameless promotion from Amazon, trying to get more people to use its Price Check app?

Sources: Amazon, Price Check app


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  1. Ellen Loehman
    December 10, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I thought this was cool until I thought about it. Amazon wants you to walk into a brick-and-mortar store, look at an item, whip out your cell phone and order that itme online. This is so contrary to saving local jobs and businesses. 

    • Tina
      December 11, 2011 at 1:55 am


      I think you have a valid point and I don't think people will use these apps in stores where they feel connected with the local business and valued as a customer. In those stores that people do use this app, well, these businesses obviously fail to take advantage of the opportunity they have. They can communicate face to face and bond with their customers, something that is much harder for online stores such as Amazon.

    • Yaara
      December 11, 2011 at 4:44 am

      I agree with Tina. I don't think this would work or be used in small local stores, probably in huge retail stores which are not much different from Amazon.

      Other than that, you don't actually have to be in the store in order to use the app, you can just type in a product's name and find it that way without ever leaving the house. :)