- 10.20.10 - 8:30AM
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- Matt Jurns
Amazon's New Sale-Stealing Book Scanner Is Great for Cheapskates, Bad for Bookstores, Worse for Me
What really sets this new version apart is the inclusion of bar code scanning. Essentially, you take a picture of the bar code with your iPhone, and the app searches through Amazon for a match and sets you up to buy a copy.
This is great for Amazon. This is even pretty great for you. This is less great for bookstore clerks.
When I apprised a number of my fellow bookstore employees of this new development, one threatened these hypothetical psuedo-customers with physical violence, and another just offered a sad, glassy stare and mused, "Oh. I wondered why that woman was taking photographs in the kids section."
Allow me to welcome you ... to the Bookstore of Tomorrow.
Clerk: Hi, what can I do for you today?
Customer: I need that new Fresh book.
(Ten minutes later, after the clerk has determined that the customer was in fact looking for Bill O'Reilly's 2008 outing, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity.)
Clerk: All right, here you go!
Customer: Thanks. (pulls out iPhone, takes picture, and returns the book to the clerk)
Clerk: Did... did you not want the book?
Customer: Oh yeah, I needed you to find it for me. I just bought it from Amazon.
Clerk: (head explodes)
So thanks, Amazon. Thanks a million.
- link:// Amazon Mobile 1.2.8
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