|Wed Oct 3 2018 14:20:10|
Amazon Faces Accusations of eBay Poaching and More
By: Ina Steiner
eBay accused Amazon of illegally using its messaging system to poach sellers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon is also being accused of using its third-party merchants' listings as bait to show its own private-label offerings, according to CNBC.
The Wall Street Journal
said eBay alleges in a cease and desist letter that 50 Amazon sales reps sent over 1,000 messages to sellers on its platform.
said Amazon is conducting a thorough investigation of the allegations, which came to light after a seller complained to eBay, according to the newswire.
Meanwhile, in what is sure to rile sellers, Amazon is using a new feature to show shoppers links to its own private-label brands inside rival listings, according to CNBC
. "When searching for various products in beauty, health and household and baby items, some shoppers have seen the link "Similar item from Our Brands" show up at the bottom of the listing. Clicking on the link, which is not an advertisement, takes you to the product page for Amazon's own private-label offering."
The alleged practice comes as European regulators are investigating Amazon practices to see if it's using third-party sales data to give it an unfair competitive advantage, something also on the radar screen of a US senator
According to Bloomberg
, regulators have sent a 16-page questionnaire to merchants asking them if Amazon has in recent years started to sell products under its own brand that are "identical or very similar" to ones merchants have offered, and what impact that has had on their business.
Amazon also faced scrutiny over its wages in the US, and on Tuesday, Amazon announced
it would implement a new $15 minimum wage effective November 1st, including associates employed by temp agencies. It will impact over 250,000 Amazon employees and over 100,000 seasonal holiday employees.