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Fri Oct 25 2019 22:44:59

Amazon Sets Pricing Bots Loose on Sellers

By: Ina Steiner

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Sellers say Amazon "bots" have been running amok late this week, aggressively deactivating their listings due to "potential pricing errors."

A seller who lists signed first-edition books started the conversation on the Amazon discussion boards. He clarified, "The problem I'm having is that the Amazon bots are matching my collectible signed first editions with worthless, beat-up, unsigned copies listed for a penny. The good books, the ones that would appeal to collectors who have money to spend, are being eliminated from the retail site."

"I don't see how you can complain that your collectible books are being deactivated when you are not listing them in the "Collectible" category," wrote one seller.

But numerous sellers agreed that the bots were a problem for their items as well. One seller said the problem had been happening over the past 3 days for books, comics, and DVDs.

Another seller wrote, "Suddenly, 3-4 days ago we started getting a rash of listings deactivated due to high price but even when we adjust the price to match or be 1c below, the listings immediately move to inactive."

Sellers discussed strategies to avoid what they considered over-aggressive bots. Setting a minimum selling price and maximum selling price was a common suggestion to avoid listings getting blocked, but other sellers said it did not fix the problem for their listings. Others discussed the viability of alternative marketplaces.

One said they believed it was either a technical problem or an unannounced change, others said they believed Amazon was trying to force sellers to lower their prices.
 
"If they want the prices closer to what is offered on other websites, they should reduce the fees they are collecting from sellers," one seller said.



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by: shut1968 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Oct 26 15:00:21 2019

Amazon has the highest fee's out of all of them.

When you factor in all the different fee's they charge for Books and Media it winds up around 28%.

Top that off with them (Amazon) pricing stuff at .25ยข over wholesale cost yeah.. they are killing the average seller.

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by: Tiffee Jasso This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 28 06:07:10 2019

I don't see how anyone makes any money on Amazon? From what I see if you make more than 50 cents profit on an item, you are making too much money. Their fees are high, ,plus  FBA fees for most. If you do find something that sells, they will go buy a trainload, and cut the price down by 50%, putting you out of business.
People break their necks to make Amazon rich, while they pinch pennies trying to keep afloat. Somehow that just don't seem right.  

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 28 07:33:59 2019

I don't see how anyone makes any money on Amazon?
^^ In my opinion, the sellers that make money are the FBMs and not the FBAs (unless they have a hot product that re-sells again and again).  The cost of storing in AMZ warehouses + the taxes and surcharges add up.  They charge you for the convenience.  It's better to store stuff in your basement and ship it yourself.  You can decide the postal service, for example.  AMZ has a lot of good (I sell a LOT on AMZ), esp. letting you know immediately how much your fees are going to be when you list.  EB doesn't do that.  You have to wait for the invoice - after the fact - to know what it costs.

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Mon Oct 28 09:23:02 2019

Welcome to five years ago.  Wait until you get hit with an auto-approved A2Z because they don't accept delivery confirmation as proof of delivery.  All those fees and they treat you with as much contempt as eBay.

Amazon should forget the marketplace concept and go into distribution.  Lousy place to sell but their algorithms drive prices so low that no distributor even comes close.  Best decision I ever made was to stop selling and start buying.

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 28 11:50:11 2019

most of what I sell is on amazon. never had any issues (yet)

I quit selling on fleecebay on 12-17-17. I should have stopped selling there sooner.



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