Amazon leads in the dispute with authorities – dealer rights are strengthened

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The changes to the online retailer will take effect on 16 August.


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BonnOn pressure of the Federal Cartel Office the online giant changes Amazon his dealings with traders who sell their products via so-called Amazon marketplaces. After complaints of such companies had Germany's top competition guardian end of 2018 initiated an abuse case against the US group. This will now be discontinued, informed the Federal Cartel Office on Wednesday in Bonn. The authority has made significant changes to the terms and conditions in favor of the dealers. For example, regulations on the liability of broken products have been reworded, which were previously charged to the dealers – in future they will be more balanced.

Antitrust boss Andreas Mundt was satisfied. "For dealers operating in the Amazon marketplaces, we have achieved far-reaching improvements worldwide with our process," he said. Amazon said, "To clarify the rights and obligations of our sales partners, we are making some changes to the Amazon Services Business Solutions contract." The changes will take effect on 16 August. For the private customer, nothing changes, the globally valid changes affect only the internal relationship between Amazon and the so-called third-party dealers.

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