The push-to-order gizmos were debuted by Amazon in 2015, in an attempt by the ecommerce giant to shave friction off of the online shopping process by encouraging consumers to fill their homes with stick-on, account-linked buttons that trigger product-specific staple purchases when pressed — from washing powder to toilet roll to cat food.
Germany was among the first international markets where Amazon launched Dash,  in 2016, along with the UK and Austria. But yesterday a higher state court in Munich ruled the system does not provide consumers with sufficient information about a purchase.
The judgement follows a legal challenge by a regional consumer watchdog, Verbraucherzentrale NRW, which objects to the terms Amazon operates with Dash.
It complains that Amazon’s terms allow the company to substitute a product of a higher price or even a different product in place of what the consumer original selected for a Dash push purchase.
It argues consumers are also not provided with enough information on the purchase triggered when the button is pressed — which might be months after an original selection was made.
Dash buttons should carry a label stating that a paid purchase is triggered by a press, it believes.
In a press release following the ruling, Verbraucherzentrale NRW said the judges agreed Amazon should inform consumers about price and product before taking the order, rather than after the purchase as is currently the case.
It also expressed confidence the judgement leaves no...