In Bloomberg: Amazon Fuel-Inflation Fee Has Sellers Poised to Raise Prices

Date: 20 Apr 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the News: Stacy Mitchell

April 13, 2022

Media Outlet: Bloomberg

Stacy Mitchell, co-executive director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, an advocacy group for small independent businesses, said the new fee “has the potential to be problematic when it comes to antitrust because Amazon locks you into using this service. It’s absolutely an antitrust vulnerability for Amazon, because that’s what monopolies do is they corner the market and raise prices.”

The frequent Amazon critic said the company took a 34% cut of each merchant’s sale on the site in 2021, up from 19% in 2014, and that the new fuel charge will push its take even higher.

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Luke recently received a BA in journalism, creative writing, and ethnography from Hampshire College. She wrote, designed, and edited a magazine titled The Politics of Land in Teton Valley, ID that analyzed the environmental, economic, and social patterns of the region amidst Covid-19.