Amazon copied products and rigged search results to promote its own brands, documents show

Emperor

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kalph09

Disciple
It is pretty evident with their 'Solimo' range of products.

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Ramadhir Singh

Wasseypur
Adept
Not only copy, they make/promote "duplicate" product of the same and sell it fro exponential high profit margin.
most of the people who are in retail business knows it, but there are far many small player who are getting benefit form this 2-number business, so all are happy.
And customers who are getting cheated 90% times doesn't even aware that they are getting counterfake product.
Example imagine a tier-3 city which never has a reebok showroom, and now someone got fake reebok shoes from amazon -- will consider that as original.
 

agentmilo

Disciple
This has been going on for years. Initially it was just basic stuff, but very soon got into electronic items and everyday gadgets. If you are a seller and are in a successful niche market, remember your happiness won't last long.
 

yugaaa

Recruit
That is why I never bought any Amazon Basics . I know those guys were systematically trying to source knock offs . Only good thing is that the real deal products are now forced to review their pricing strategies and we customers get better prices .
 

Rockfella

Nitrate killer!
Staff member
Patron
These brands know what they are doing inside out. They have a top of the line legal team who gives them clever tricks to what we see as copy other products. So nobody has a chance against them for any legalities.
That is why I never bought any Amazon Basics . I know those guys were systematically trying to source knock offs . Only good thing is that the real deal products are now forced to review their pricing strategies and we customers get better prices .
Amazon basic audio cables are very good for the price.
 

r19

Disciple
Most of the times when I search something on Amazon, I get 100 results which seem to be the same Chinese product from Alibaba. Half of the positive and negative reviews seem fake. I feel it definitely has become tougher to find the right product. Many times I end up buying from Amazon basics. For example, their USB cable works fine while the one from BOAT was garbage.
 

rsaeon

Disciple
Most of the times when I search something on Amazon, I get 100 results which seem to be the same Chinese product from Alibaba.

Today I found out that google is a better search engine for Amazon than Amazon's own search.

Most of the amazon basic stuff is really good no what whom they copy it from.

Most times, yes. Every now and then, they'll push out the original manufacturer/seller and sell their copied version at a higher price.
 

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jiith77

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That is why I never bought any Amazon Basics . I know those guys were systematically trying to source knock offs . Only good thing is that the real deal products are now forced to review their pricing strategies and we customers get better prices .
I find Amazon basics to be far more reliable than other brands in the range.

Afaik many copies are just rebranding done for amazon at volume discounts. Irrespective of tax effects many brands have different selling price in different countries. Amazon is able to bring that down in lot of places with their volumes .

All this support for Indian sellers will be vocal as long as everything goes smoothly. Once you make any claim you will understand the difference between Amazon and vast majority of them. Try returning a damaged good delivered by an Indian major like Myntra (with proof) and you will realise what shady practices actually mean.
 
Most of the amazon basic stuff is really good no what whom they copy it from.
That's the end game, isn't it? Place their private labels in all popular categories, crowd out competitors and slowly increase the prices once competition is out. What is unethical and anti-competitive is them using their platform data to kill competition, which is not available to anyone else.

Have seen it happen within Amazon Basics products over time where the quality has reduced and prices have increased. It is because Amazon just contracts out the manufacturing and they can change it anytime they want. That is what you get with a private label.

People will just buy whatever is cheaper for comparable products as long as the quality is okay and that is what they are aiming at. Once they have well established products in a category, they will even start blocking competitors altogether.
 

kiran6680

Recruit
Today I found out that google is a better search engine for Amazon than Amazon's own search.
Exactly, but you need to know a little more details. I've been searching best rated, most popular etc. double sided tape on Amazon for a week. I didn't get a clue 3M tapes also exist. Google can't help if you don't know what you want. After you sent me a link for 3M, Amazon shows that product to me as "Best seller".

This is not stupidity, but bad intentions.
 
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