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Amazon Squeezes Sellers That Offer Better Prices on Walmart

  • Amazon doesn’t explicity tell them to raise prices elsewhere
  • The practice could draw antitrust scrutiny from regulators
An Inc. fulfilment center
An Inc. fulfilment center
Updated on Inc.’s determination to offer shoppers the best deals is prompting merchants selling products on its marketplace to raise their prices on competing websites, a testament to the company’s growing influence over the e-commerce market.

Amazon constantly scans rivals’ prices to see if they’re lower. When it discovers a product is cheaper on, say,, Amazon alerts the company selling the item and then makes the product harder to find and buy on its own marketplace -- effectively penalizing the merchant. In many cases, the merchant opts to raise the price on the rival site rather than risk losing sales on Amazon.