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Sun Aug 18 2019 10:04:31

Online Sellers Push to Make Amazon More Accountable

By: Ina Steiner

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There's a movement to band online sellers together to make Amazon more accountable. "In order to gain ahold of their businesses, Amazon sellers have been organizing to communicate their needs to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission," Business Insider reported. "Both bodies have launched anti-trust probes into Amazon this summer."

The publication spoke to Scott Needham of online merchant BuyBoxer, who explained sellers' concerns.

One common concern is that Amazon has access to third-party merchant sales data, which may allow them to unfairly compete by identifying best-selling products and then create its own branded versions and offer them for sale at a lower price with greater visibility.

Business Insider said another leading complaint from Amazon sellers is that they might have their accounts suspended without much notice or explanation. "The process to get one's account reinstated is brutal, sellers told Business Insider."

BuyBoxer's Needham told the publication he was suspended for seven days for what he said was an incorrectly formatted label. "The company wasn't told of its suspension until two days into the process," the publication reported.

Paul Rafelson, a tax law attorney at Francissen Rafelson Schick, LLP, whose practice is focused on helping Amazon sellers, told Business Insider it can be challenging to get sellers to understand the importance of banding together.

Part of the difficulty of sticking together is the competitive nature of online selling. As eBay sellers learned, companies can appease certain large sellers who ultimately act in their own self-interest. 

The article is available on BusinessInsider.com.



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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Sun Aug 18 12:50:51 2019

This effort should include Ebay & Etsy as well.
It's really a TOXIC SELLING ENVIRONMENT for us now.
All thanks to Corporate interference and greed.

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Sun Aug 18 18:51:08 2019

Good luck.  Amazon is rich and the rich are never held accountable for anything.

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by: SammyCat This user has validated their user name.

Sun Aug 18 20:53:26 2019

Something like this needs to happen in relation to the heavy-handed crap that Etsy is pulling on its shops -  not the least of which is telling them to break the law with regard to the 'free shipping' scam or be demoted in search.   And of course, stealing shipping money where it all started.  

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by: hawk This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 19 04:45:37 2019

the sad thing is the rich and powerful  venues can get away with steeling phony shipping fees and any other phony fees they want to , and not be prosecuted. they just pay everybody off with the stolen money.

if i would steel a loaf of bread to feed a starving child , i would be in prison forever.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 19 08:04:29 2019

Good first step.  Glad I'm not an FBA, but FBM and AMZ doesn't have that much control over we little sellers.

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by: Flying Childers This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 19 09:18:46 2019

AGREE that this effort should also apply to Ebay, Etsy, etc.  

Now we know how to do it- hire a lawyer, just like this guy did!  I'm sure that Mr. Rafelson would be delighted to have a bunch of new clients.  He probably figures he's going to make a bundle off of this Amazon case and his Amazon practice.

Only problem is- will they take a case on a contingency basis?  If not, clients have to come up with a whole lot of money to get in the game.  Who has that kind of dough?

Not your average Etsy/ Ebay seller.

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This user has validated their user name. by: NoMoreEbay

Mon Aug 19 14:48:52 2019

As long as ebay, etsy, Amazon and it's associated ilk are paying billions in taxes, America Inc. will continue to look the other way while these companies decimate the consumer.

America, the land of the Greed and Corporate butt buddies.

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by: Fahrenheit451 This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Aug 19 15:14:10 2019

@NoMoreeBay, Amazon has not paid any taxes since it was founded, nor have Etsy or eBay. What makes you think it has paid any taxes? This is the issue many states have brought up: forcing Amazon and the others to collect sales tax. And every year, these corporations post annual losses so they don't have to pay income tax. No, they think they are bigger than the law.

The best thing to do is to avoid selling through them. Get your own website going and avoid marketplace platforms when you can.

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by: lectiodivinabooks This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 19 16:51:08 2019

Dream on. AMazon pays zero federal taxes. It is the politicians who are paid off.

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by: donald This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 19 23:49:36 2019


This is good news. I'm going to find out more about it.

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by: booklover27 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 22 14:55:57 2019

Finally, someone is moving on our behalf....We should support him/them immediately.



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