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Not a question of fairness – Amazon’s special conditions for manufacturers

Amazon Hersteller
Graphic: Jimmy Brown

According to Bloomberg, a study from the market research institute L2 have brought to light the fact that Amazon privileges selected brand manufacturers. This was viewed as a great scandal on the Amazon Watchblog, fairness is apparently something different. It is not only in the power games with publishers that it is clear just how hard and how far from fair Amazon handles. The thumb screws are being applied to Verdi as well, with deliveries simply coming from Eastern Europe.

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That was that with FAB – Betashop is already offline

Fab Gründer und CEO Jason Goldberg
Photo: buzz.fab.eu

The future of fab is uncertain, to put it mildly. The former hype start-up hasn’t been going well for a while; in January European business was buried. A radical step, which was accompanied and justified by long and dramatic blog posts from CEO Jason Goldberg. This blog, betashop.com, is now also history.

Last week, there was talk of a new wave of dismissals on Techcrunch. Another 60 staff are supposed to have left the company. Fab has not commented on this and has shut off their in-house media. What does this mean? Is it a sign that the end is closer than thought up to now? Is Jason Goldberg leaving the ship? It remains exciting.

Update: Pando.com has a statement from Fab on the blog’s closure.

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Furniture Buyers Want Multichannel Offers

Möbel Onlinehandel
Photo: Kevin Dooley

The internet is becoming a store, that much was clear at the end of 2013. But even if virtual furniture shopping has become part of everyday life – according to Bitkom, 23 percent of internet users had purchased furniture or furnishings online at the beginning of 2013 – this still isn’t possible without some kind of visit to the furniture store. According to eBay study – Zukunft des Handels – it is important for three out of four consumers think that furniture distributors offer their products stationarily as well as in the web.

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Adieu Price Transparency: Dynamic Pricing now also for Consumer Goods

Dynamische Preise bei Amazon im E-Commerce

The concept has been known for a long time for flights and hotel rooms: when they are booked is decisive for the price. The Wall Street Journal wrote a little while ago, that the process has now spread to consumer goods, which should already sound familiar to Amazon shoppers. The whole thing calls itself dynamic pricing strategy.

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