Amazon uses third-party seller data to copy the site’s most popular products, an antitrust report by the House Judiciary Committee alleged on Wednesday.
Former Amazon sellers told an antitrust subcommittee the company released new products almost identical to their own and “killed” their sales.
Amazon has denied accusations of this behavior in the past.
“We have a policy against using seller-specific data to aid our private-label business,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in July.
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The House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee said it has uncovered evidence that Amazon uses detailed data from third-party sellers to copy popular products and push some sellers out of business — something the tech giant has consistently denied.
The subcommittee said it had heard “repeated” concerns from both former employees and third-party sellers that Amazon uses seller data to either copy products or source the product directly from the manufacturer.