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Amazon accused of bullying small firms, and inflat

gbjbaanb (229885) writes | more than 2 years ago

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gbjbaanb (229885) writes "Online shopping giant Amazon has been accused of artificially inflating prices by banning firms that trade on its website from selling goods more cheaply elsewhere on the internet.

Amazon has ordered them to ‘maintain parity between the terms on which you offer or sell each item through Amazon’ and the amount they charge for the same product on other sites."

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bully?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38853653)

[sarcasm]What, Amazon a bully? Oh I could never accept that.[/sarcasm]

Amazon has a long history of beating up small publishers and retaliating if they don't get their way. For example, our engineering reference book has been listed as "out of print" by Amazon several times--yet it has been in print for the last 17 years, available directly from our publisher's online store. Almost certainly the "out of print" listings have been prompted by our publisher not giving Amazon the large discount and other terms they demanded.

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