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Amazon's new Spark is like Instagram, but you can buy stuff

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Key Points
  • Amazon launched a new app called Spark on Tuesday.
  • It reminds us a bit of Pinterest and Instagram.
  • You basically view photos that you can buy goods from.

Amazon launched a new feature called "Spark" inside its mobile apps today. It lets you buy goods that you see from within a list of photos.

It's kind of like Instagram or Pinterest in a way, but for more than just looking. Here's how to use it.

Open Amazon on your smartphone. Tap the menu button on the top-left, then "Programs and Features."

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Tap "Amazon Spark."

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Tap 'Get Started' 

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Select 5 or more things you're interested in. I chose technology, videogames, books, computers and Amazon Echo. Tap "Next."

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You'll have to create a profile. Then tap "Start Exploring." 

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Now you'll see a list of photos from other users that you can browse. It looks a lot like Instagram. Like this one, with books. 

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Or this one, with the Surface Pro.

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Or this one, with a candle.

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Tap the picture and you can buy any product in the picture, like this candle.

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You'll end up on the product page.

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Were you can add it to your cart, as you would with any other product you buy trough the Amazon app.

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I'd never spend $26 plus $7.30 for shipping on a candle. But maybe you'll find something you like! Give it a try.

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