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Amazon Ending Amazon Local, Register Services

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Amazon Ending Amazon Local, Register Services.

There are so many of those “local daily deals” websites on the Internet, that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all. A notice on the site’s homepage says that the service will be gone for good come December 18th; until then, it will continue selling off its remaining inventory of vouchers and deals.

According to numerous reports—and a big announcement from Amazon itself—the company will stop offering any deals whatsoever on its local.amazon.com website and Amazon Local app starting December 18. “Merchants will no longer be able to sell deals and customers will no longer be able to buy deals at www.local.amazon.com and on the Amazon Local app. At the height of consumer interest four to five years ago, dozens of daily-deal sites were popping up, many catering to specific categories or demographics. But the onslaught of emailed deal offers—and the at-times poor economics of the coupons for merchants—led many consumers and merchants to shy away from the discounts. “We’ve learned a great deal from the daily deals business and will look for ways to apply these lessons in the future,” an Amazon spokesman said in a statement.

That company, once on a path to its own public offering, recently cut 20% of its staff and has been shifting its focus from daily deals to longer-term offers, echoing moves from rival Groupon. If some merchant is refusing to honor the voucher for some reason, you’ll have to contact Amazon to get it all worked out. “You may still apply any promotional balance on your account to a purchase on Amazon Local before December 18, 2015. In addition, the company says that it’s not existing local commerce entirely – Amazon Home Services, a sort of Angie’s list-like service for finding local pros, remains online, and it’s continuing to work with local restaurants through Amazon Prime Now. Amazon is also eliminating its Amazon Register services, which allows businesses to accept payments via a combination mobile app and card reading device—much like Square or PayPal Here.

The site offered Amazon shoppers the ability to find deals on hotels within driving distance of their current location – that is, “weekend getaways.” At the time, Amazon only offered a vague statement about how it “learned a lot” about the deals business, but had decided to discontinue operations.

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