‘Amazon just got slapped with a $1 million fine for misleading pricing’ – recode
Jason Del Rey says, “Some deals are too good to be true. And, for Amazon, they will cost the company.
A Canadian enforcement agency announced today that Amazon Canada will pay a $1 million fine for what could be construed as misleading pricing practices.
The investigation centered on the practice of Amazon displaying its prices compared to higher “list prices” — suggested manufacturer prices (MSRPs) designed as marketing gimmicks to make people think they are getting a deal, even though it’s often the case that no shopper ever pays that price.
“The Bureau’s investigation concluded that these claims created the impression that prices for items offered on www.amazon.ca were lower than prevailing market prices,” Canada’s Competition Bureau said in a statement. “The Bureau determined that Amazon relied on its suppliers to provide list prices without verifying that those prices were accurate.”
An Amazon spokesman declined to comment”.
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