Ama­zon in­ves­ti­gated in Ger­many af­ter block­ing sell­ers

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Technology Intelligen­ce - By Han­nah Boland

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.

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