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Amazon Uses Data From Sellers To Develop Competing Products

Amazon has long asserted that when it makes and sells its own products it doesn’t use information it collects from the site’s individual third-party sellers. Yet interviews with more than 20 former employees of Amazon’s private-label business reveal that employees did just that. “In one instance, Amazon employees accessed documents and data about a bestselling car-trunk organizer sold by a third-party vendor,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “The information included total sales, how much the vendor paid Amazon for marketing and shipping, and how much Amazon made on each sale. Amazon’s private-label arm later introduced its own car-trunk organizers.”

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