Washington, D.C. — In response to a filed by California Attorney General Rob Bonta accusing the retail giant of inflating its prices by signing restrictive deals with third party sellers, the American Economic Liberties Project issued the following statement.
“As California Attorney General Bonta’s suit meticulously details, Amazon’s retail empire is a scam predicated on third-party seller and consumer abuse,” said Katherine Van Dyck, Senior Legal Counsel at the American Economic Liberties Project. “The complaint confirms what we already know: Amazon extorts small businesses that have no choice but to use its platform to reach customers and jacks up prices for working families everywhere. We’re encouraged to see yet another Attorney General fight to stop the anticompetitive conduct that is central to Amazon’s power.”
Attorney General Bonta’s suit is the latest in a series of actions from policymakers at the federal, state, and local level to arrest and dismantle Big Tech’s monopoly power. In Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine , abuse of third-party sellers, and price inflation. Like Racine’s suit, alleges that “Amazon has misled consumers into believing they are getting the low prices that would prevail in a competitive market when, in fact, it has deliberately caused prices to be generally higher everywhere else than they would be absent price parity.”
In Congress, , introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), represents similar momentum to crack down on Big Tech’s ability to leverage their dominant market power at the expense of small businesses.
An earlier this year revealed that Amazon raised fulfillment fees for sellers to 11% in January, and then tacked on an additional 5% fuel and gas surcharge in April. Yet despite the price of gas falling in recent months, the gas surcharge remains. This is in addition to Amazon’s 17% price increase for Prime in February, which impacted 126 million subscribers. Despite branding itself as a beacon of low prices, evidence suggests that Amazon’s restrictive agreements are responsible for raising costs for sellers, which are then passed on to consumers and other online retail platforms.
For more information on how Amazon’s monopolistic behavior distorts our economy, read American Economic Liberties Project’s report from 2020, “.”
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