Competition Bureau Looking At Amazon Practices

Canada’s Competition Bureau is inviting market participants to provide input to inform its civil investigation into conduct by Amazon. The organization is examining whether Amazon is engaging in conduct on its Canadian marketplace, Amazon.ca, that is impacting competition to the detriment of consumers and companies that do business in Canada. It is conducting its investigation under the restrictive trade practices provisions of the Competition Act, with a focus on potential abuse of dominance. It will look at any past or existing Amazon policies which may impact third-party sellers’ willingness to offer their products for sale at a lower price on other retail channels, such as their own websites or other online marketplaces. It will also investigate the ability of third-party sellers to succeed on Amazon’s marketplace without using its ‘Fulfilment By Amazon’ service or advertising on Amazon.ca and any efforts or strategies by Amazon that may influence consumers to purchase products it offers for sale over those offered by competing sellers. The bureau says the investigation is ongoing and there is no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time.