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Watchdog probes Amazon's pricing policy
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Watchdog probes Amazon's pricing policy

Published: 20 Feb 2013 13:21 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Feb 2013 13:21 GMT+01:00

The German competition watchdog on Wednesday launched an investigation into the policy of online retailer Amazon which bans third-party traders from selling their products cheaper elsewhere on the web.

The Federal Cartel Office said in a statement that it has begun questioning thousands of third-party traders who sell their goods on Amazon's online platform.

"Amazon's price parity clause - which denies traders the freedom of offering a product cheaper elsewhere - may breach general cartel rules," said office president Andreas Mundt.

"This is particularly the case if restricting a trader's price-setting freedom also hampers competition between different Internet market places," Mundt said.

There was considerable evidence that this was the case, the cartel office chief said.

Amazon is already under fire in Germany over allegations it mistreats its temporary workers, many of whom are foreign.

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18:00 February 20, 2013 by Englishted
Welcome to the land of knee-jerk, I will wait and see what comes of this same as many investigations instigated following headlines ,that then are never heard of again .
11:21 February 21, 2013 by pepsionice
At some point, there will be 300 German government investigators looking at Amazon. Figure at least 250k Euro a week expended on this 'saga'. End result expected? Nothing much.
13:24 February 23, 2013 by jamestheone
Comedy addition to your article

The funniest thing about Amazon's rule is there prices are often lower on a another Amazon site around Europe, so they break there own rules!

Here is a some examples!

http://www.huge-river.com/product/B000NDGNCS

http://www.huge-river.com/product/B000GETVAA

You can go though this site and find them all day!
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