Launch a Congressional investigation into Amazon.com’s treatment of its current and former Marketplace Sellers. This will open the way for a class-action lawsuit against Amazon.com on behalf of its current and former Marketplace Sellers. We were Marketplace Sellers as Persian Memories and have experienced the problems with Amazon.com firsthand. Amazon.com forces its Marketplace Sellers to comply with a “Participation Agreement” to sell items on its web site in exchange for fees and sales commissions. However, Amazon.com does not comply with its own “Participation Agreement.” Amazon.com arbitrarily suspends and/or closes Marketplace Seller accounts and retains the money in them for its own purposes. Amazon.com contends that individuals and small businesses have agreed to this practice through its “Participation Agreement.” However, the agreement is worded so vaguely that Amazon.com can interpret the meaning to benefit itself while forcing those who have entered into partnerships with it out of business. (Refer to Toys Я Us vs. Amazon.com, 2003, which Toys Я Us won.)
Individuals have filed a significant number of lawsuits against Amazon, mostly without success since they cannot afford expensive attorneys. But the Office of the Attorney General and Congress can build a bigger case against them and help us get the compensatory and punitive damages we deserve. It is the only way Amazon.com will learn not to do this.
It is obvious that Amazon.com and its CEO, Jeffrey Bezos, are engaging in more unethical and perhaps illegal practices. If you include the lawsuits that have been filed against Amazon.com, including the ones settled out of court, a pattern will surely emerge. To date, it has been less expensive for Amazon.com to settle cases and/or pay fines than to treat Marketplace Sellers and small businesses fairly and justly. It is also less expensive for certain Fortune 500 companies to dump toxic waste into our lakes, rivers and lands and pay fines than to dispose of it properly. That does not mean dumping toxic waste and paying fines is the right moral or ethical choice. Likewise, Amazon.com may be able to mistreat Marketplace Sellers and small businesses, but that does not mean they are making the right moral or ethical choice.
Many Marketplace Sellers and small businesses would join a class-action lawsuit, but most, like me, lack the financial and legal resources to fight a multi-billion dollar corporation that tries to exploit and intimidate opponents and get its way based on technicalities. We need our government, which is supposed to represent us (the 99%), to intervene. This petition will ensure the voice of the people is heard.