Amazon investigated in Germany after blocking sellers
AMAZON is being investigated by German competition authorities over its decision to block sellers for allegedly inflating prices during the pandemic.
The German Federal Cartel Office confirmed that it had begun looking into Amazon’s relationship with thirdparty sellers. Andreas Mundt, president of the office, said: “What we want to check is if Amazon influences the price-setting of independent dealers on the Amazon marketplace, and if it does: to what extent and why?”
A spokesman for Amazon said: “Amazon selling partners set their own product prices in our store. We want customers to buy with confidence any time they make a purchase on Amazon.de and we have policies to help ensure selling partners are pricing their products competitively.
“Our systems are designed to take action against price gouging. If selling partners have concerns, we encourage them to contact our selling partner support.”
Germany is Amazon’s biggest market outside the US.