Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Local in in new markets, including New York City today. NYC is obviously a major market for the online retail giant's daily deals offering.
The service originally launched in Boise in early June. Two months later, it launched on Groupon's home turf in Chicago. Now NYC, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago's northwest suburbs, Northern Virginia, Orlando and the San Francisco Peninsula.
"Since our initial launch in Boise in June, AmazonLocal has rapidly expanded to 30 distinct locations in 10 states. Whether it's an amazing deal on local services or, in the coming months, on Amazon.com, MYHABIT.com and endless.com, AmazonLocal customers can expect to find significant savings every day," said Mike George, vice president of AmazonLocal. "In New York, there's no better way to truly understand the Big Apple than by getting the best deals the city has to offer."
Amazon says NYC customers can expect deals like:
- 50% off tickets to Cirque du Soleil's newest show, Zarkana, in Midtown
- $50 for $100 at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant in Uptown
- $13 for $27 worth of cupcakes at Brooklyn Cupcake
- 74% off one month of unlimited hot yoga classes at Bikram Yoga Harlem
- $15 for $30 worth of groceries at any Upper East Side Gristedes
Amazon is also including deals from affiliated sites, such as: $25 for $50 to spend on jewelry and watches at Amazon.com, $40 for $80 to spend at MYHABIT.com and $25 for $50 to spend at 6pm.com.
Customers that use Amazon Rewards Visa cards will earn five points for each dollar spent on AmazonLocal in 2011.