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This is legal, right? (Amazon Marketplace)

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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
I sell stuff on Amazon marketplace and there are quite a few sellers that will instantly undercut any competing price for an item, so they are the lowest. I recently bought a CD for £0.01 + £1.24 postage instead of £3.18 + £1.24 postage by creating a competing listing for 1p.

I was wondering if Amazon would ever discipline you for taking advantage of these sellers' instant pricing systems, which if you ask me, are more immoral than using the exploit.I wonder if the sellers are aware of the problem and notice when people use the exploit.
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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#1
I imagine they may do, it seems rather unfair (the system is there in place for sellers which have a lot of listings)
#2
What happens if someone quickly buys from your listing for 1p
#3
tinkerbell28
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LOL is that your justification for ripping a seller off using a loophole? For some it may be their livelyhood and it's a dogs world you have to be the lowest price in general to survive, but you keep telling yourself that's worse than creating a false listing to rip someone off :lol:


What about all of the loopholes people exploit on HUKD? It is same big business and the seller should ensure they're not losing money by matching the price. I'm not sure if it was posted on HUKD because I saw it on the MSE forums, but Dial-a-phone was selling a basic phone for 1p + £10 topup. Some people figured out a way to order 2 phones and by using an old browser to adjust the site's layout, bypass the £10 topup for each. Couple that with £6.50 from Quidco and I reckon the company is about £15 out of pocket. People don't shed a tear at this.

If a low-volume seller somehow used similar pricing software, I wouldn't exploit them, but you'd never see anyone with < 1000 feedback using it.
banned#4
Another person for the do not trade with list
banned#5
I don't know much about amazon selling, but surely if you have some sort of setting that auto scans all the listings and changes yours to the cheapest, without having any human input, or a 'lowest' price to go to then whats the problem?
More fool the seller for trying to undercut everyone surely?
#6
using your head in my opinion
banned#7
Well I do make a living by selling, and can assure you there is no way I would have any sort of auto setting that would allow my price to drop below at an absolute minimum of cost price. Why would you even want to do that?
#8
tinkerbell28
The difference here although I see your point it's big companies, even so some of the loopholes exposed on here, some legit, some more legally grey such as voucher misue.

What you are suggesting will target smaller sellers, 1000 does not make a big seller/company and what you are doing is wrong, there is no way you can justify it to make it right. You are making fake listings for financial gain, Amazon will ban you as it's totally unjust.


For the record, the seller I bought from has over 100 000 feedback. If anything, it will help the smaller sellers, as it will mean they aren't undercut any more for that item. As a smaller seller myself, I can't say that these prosellers are helping my business! I agree that the practice is immoral, just as I think voucher misuse, website loopholes and indeed using this auto-pricing software is immoral. However, I was merely asking whether Amazon has a way of spotting this and as they would be losing out on commission, they probably would stop repeat offenders.

Credit card tarting will leave banks out of pocket, but they want to take your money, so whose to blame. I feel to use these anti-competition systems and schemes, one must accept that it willbe used against them.
#9
colinsunderland
Well I do make a living by selling, and can assure you there is no way I would have any sort of auto setting that would allow my price to drop below at an absolute minimum of cost price. Why would you even want to do that?


The fact is these sellers are lazy. They buy their stock for pennies and can't be bothered to install a sophisticated system, because they won't lose money by selling at a low price.
#10
colinsunderland
Well I do make a living by selling, and can assure you there is no way I would have any sort of auto setting that would allow my price to drop below at an absolute minimum of cost price. Why would you even want to do that?


EXACTLY! If this were ebay you'd be screaming at op from the rooftops for making fraudulent listings. Listings he can't honour or provide as he has done it to drive other sellers out/down. NEG NEG NEG.

Epic double standards:thumbsup:

Op is conning the system, ok a loophole allows him too but until he is reported that iS. He is conninG sellers by making FRAUDULENT listings he has no intention of honouring, op is as dishonest as they come IMO.
#11
Am i reading this right,the OP created a listing so they could buy from someone who has the same listing:w00t:
banned#12
tinkerbell28
EXACTLY! If this were ebay you'd be screaming at op from the rooftops for making fraudulent listings. Listings he can't honour or provide as he has done it to drive other sellers out/down. NEG NEG NEG.

Epic double standards:thumbsup:

Op is conning the system, ok a loophole allows him too but until he is reported that iS. He is conninG sellers by making FRAUDULENT listings he has no intention of honouring, op is as dishonest as they come IMO.


er, no i wouldn't be shouting neg neg neg or anything else. If he undercut me and didn't post any he would sharp be kicked off ebay. Love to know how its double standards, when I haven't said anything different to compare it to.

I'm not saying the OP is right in what he's doing. All I asked was why you would even implement a system that drops below cost price for you to sell at. I would never sell at below cost unless it was old stock I just wnted rid of.
#13
fair play to you but i wouldnt have mentioned it on here til id made my first million

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