A German Court Has Decided Amazon Dash Buttons are Illegal

By Tom Pritchard on at

You know what Dash buttons are. Those little product-specific buttons Amazon will sell you so you can buy something by pressing a button. Well Germany has decided those same buttons are in violation of consumer law, effectively making them illegal.

A complaint was levied against Amazon by a local consumer rights watchdog, with the issue being that they don't offer up to date pricing information at the time of purchase. Apparently complaints have been made by German customers, with a Munich regional court ruling ordering Amazon to stop taking Dash Button orders. Apparently Dash buttons are in breach of the country's e-commerce laws because Amazon reserves the right to change features of the order - including the price, brand, and delivery cost.

Naturally Amazon plans to appeal the ruling, insisting that Dash buttons are totally legal and legit. Telling Reuters:

“Today’s ruling is not only hostile to innovation. It also stops customers from making an informed decision about whether a service like the Dash button gives them a convenient shopping experience”

Meanwhile Wolfgang Schuldzinski, head of the consumer watchdog, said:

“We are always open to innovation. But if innovation means that the consumer is put at a disadvantage and price comparisons are made difficult then we fight that.”

To be honest, the fact you can't see all the details of the order are the exact reason why I've avoided Dash buttons. There's plenty of stuff I buy regularly that I could feasibly get from Amazon, but I know I'm not the only person who wants to price-check beforehand. [Reuters via Engadget]