Morning Links — Is an Amazon antitrust lawsuit inevitable?








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1 Comment on Morning Links — Is an Amazon antitrust lawsuit inevitable?

  1. Earlier, I’d hoped that the UK would be clever enough to refuse to let Amazon buy out The Book Depository, one of their leading competitors in international book sales. I was disappointed. Yet another example, I told myself, of just how badly the UK is now governed.

    That said, Europe, in this case Germany, is probably still our best hope for seeing Amazon’s heavy-handed, monopolist tendencies reigned in. Europeans tend to resent American invasions and they value their own cultures, including books. If Amazon execs were wiser, they’d scale back creating a global empire. Walmart seems to know to keep a lowered profile overseas.

    Here, Obama administration is not only did nothing about Amazon’s all-too-obvious, sell-below-cost-to-destroy-competitors scheme of a few years back, they compliantly carried water for Amazon. Instead of taking on Amazon, they went after Apple and the publishers who were trying to ensure a healthy competitive market. Agency pricing is not only legal, Amazon’s entire third-party vendor model is built around it.

    Oh how I loath both these Chicago politicians and a lapdog press that refuses to take them on. Do they really think that a president who has spent almost all his political life as a comfortable participant in Chicago’s machine politics isn’t a Chicago machine politician? Even I find that amazing.

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