Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Vienna, Austria (4E) – Austrian retailers have lodged a formal complaint against Amazon.com — the world’s largest internet retailer — for anti-competitive practices.
The complaint filed by the Austrian Retail Association with the Federal Competition Authority (BWB), which is Austria’s national competition authority, alleges Amazon’s dual role as a retailer and a marketplace where other retailers’ products are sold gives the American firm an unfair market advantage.
The Austrian Retail Association said the “main problem” was Amazon’s dual role as retailer and marketplace. It said Amazon can in theory “see the prices of the listed retailers (on its platform), undercut their prices and in the long run attract all that business.”
The association said at least 93 percent of all Austrian online shoppers have made at least one purchase on Amazon.
“We have received a complaint. We are examining it,” said a spokeswoman for BWB .
BWB is expected to open an investigation into Amazon this month. For the present, however, BWB is only examining the complaint.
.Amazon has yet to comment on the complaint.
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