Galleycat reported this morning that Senator Olympia Snowe called on Amazon.com to cancel their price-check app promotion. Snowe, a Republican from Maine, published a comment on her site just before the promotion took place on Saturday the 10th:
Amazon's promotion - paying consumers to visit small businesses and leave empty-handed - is an attack on Main Street businesses that employ workers in our communities. Small businesses are fighting everyday to compete with giant retailers, such as Amazon, and incentivizing consumers to spy on local shops is a bridge too far...I urge Amazon to cancel its planned promotion, and look for ways to partner with Main Street, not promote anti-competitive behavior that could shutter the doors of America's small businesses.
This price check app promotion got Amazon more bad mainstream press than anything in recent memory. (Even the 1984 Kindle messup mostly simmered on literary blogs.) Between their fight against state taxes and this, they're starting to get on the testy sides of some prominent people. If I were Amazon, I'd be doing some unambiguously good things before the tide of public opinion turns against the public, but then, Amazon has never given much of a shit about the perception of their company, anyway.