Stop the "Price Check" assault on small businesses
  • Petitioned Jeff Wilkes

This petition was delivered to:

SVP, North American Retail
Jeff Wilkes
CEO, Amazon.com
Jeff Bezos

Stop the "Price Check" assault on small businesses

    1. Petition by

      Jasmine Johnson

      San Francisco, CA

I was so angry when I read about Amazon.com's Price Checker App promotion: the company actually paid shoppers to collect information on prices at local bricks-and-mortar shops and then shop at Amazon instead. In most places, Amazon doesn't pay any taxes and they don't contribute to local economies in nearly the same way that small businesses do.

In 1960 my grandparents opened Marcus Books, the nation's oldest independent African-American bookstore. Marcus Books is still here but it's a struggle. All around the country I see independent bookstores and other retailers fighting for survival in this tough economy. Amazon's Price Checker app goes beyond simple competition in a free marketplace. It represents an ugly race to the bottom that might provide short-term benefit for bargain hunters, but will lead to long-term pain for communities in the form of lost jobs and tax revenues.

If Amazon wants any credibility with consumers from here on out, they should pledge not to use these kinds of promotion techniques for the Price Checker app in the future and should apologize to small businesses.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. Wall Street Journal Covers Jasmine's Petition to Amazon

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Jasmine's campaign scored a major news hit today, with coverage in the Wall Street Journal. Let's keep the momentum going. Sign and share with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

    3. Local News Channel Interviews Marcus Bookstore Owner

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      San Francisco's ABC 7 interviews the co-owner of Marcus Bookstore about Amazon's attacks on small businesses, and calls the company for comment. Amazon has so far refused to respond to Jasmine's petition.

    4. Reached 9,000 signatures

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    • Sharifa Rohlehr SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up going to the San Francisco location.

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    • Rose Saxton TAMPA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Small Businesses AND Micro Businesses have an awesome challenge in competing against multi-million dollar businesses for the consumers dolars!! The unfair advantage these huge businesses have with applications like this and others, in addition to easier access to capital and huge marketing machines, makes it extremely difficult for Small and Micro Businesses to remain in business. Amazon, just drop the app - you'll still generate more revenue and continue to have large cash reserves without killing smaller independent bookstores!!

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    • katy kelly WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Amazon: You could have air conditioned your warehouse in PA. Instead you had your employees work in 120 degrees and didn't stop until OSHA made you. You are intent on driving publishers out of business, taking losses until you break them. And you are trying to destroy independent bookstores. If the only place I can buy something is on Amazon, I will do without,

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    • Cathie Glynn SARATOGA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      to protect small businesses

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    • Nicole Davis DOWNERS GROVE, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm pretty sure this guy will clasp his hands and laugh manically before going back to drinking children's tears when he sees this, but yeah, screw amazon.

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