Amazon.com and Sellers: Friends or Foes?
Another is that Amazon is trigger-happy with suspensions. Sellers wake up in the morning to find their entire business has been wiped out due to one customer complaint. Often it is a competitor who plants a false customer complaint, but the bottom line is that third-party sellers on Amazon’s E commerce platform pay for the poor vetting process of Amazon, who allows practically anyone with a credit card and a physical location in a supported country to sell.
There are a lot of bad actors out there, selling counterfeit items and hiding behind fake fictitious names, and the honest, legitimate sellers are paying for it. Sellers attorneys see clients every day who have invested everything into their Amazon business, only to have it disappear overnight.
So what does a customer-centric company who owes its profit margin to third-party sellers who are crying abuse do to make up for it? Amazon announced today that it plans to spend $15 billion this year on initiatives to support its third-party sellers. According to company sources, Amazon is developing tools to help smaller sellers succeed. This news may be a contradiction to the other headlines this week that Amazon is favoring large brands with a “top brand” badge, to give larger brands a competitive edge over its smaller sellers.
The company announced today that 150 tools and services have been launched since the beginning of the year to help independent small and medium-sized businesses grow their sales in Amazon’s stores. Tools like Sold by Amazon, which help sellers manage the pricing of their products in Amazon’s stores, while fulfillment tools like Target Inventory Levels allow sellers to better manage their Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) inventory and, in turn, increase sales.
Truth or fiction? Well, it seems Amazon is putting its money where its mouth is for Amazon sellers. Let’s see if it helps mend the rift.
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