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News Story
7/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The FTC began looking into potential discrepancies in Amazon's pricing list after a recent Consumer Watchdog report, a source told Reuters. The inquiry found that 61 percent of Amazon's products with reference prices were higher for the same product than what the company had sold in the previous 90 days, the Consumer Watchdog wrote in a...
News Story
7/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As part of its review of Amazon's (AMZN.O) agreement to buy Whole Foods (WFM.O), the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe. The FTC is probing a complaint brought by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog,...
News Story
7/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon is being scrutinized by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over whether its discounts on goods are misleading, after a watchdog group complained, says Reuters, citing an unnamed source. Shares of Amazon (AMZN) are down by $3.18 at $1,025.52, in late trading, after Reuters’s Diane Bartz and Jeffrey Dastin related after...
News Story
7/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its prices and discounts, Reuters reported. The probe comes as part of a review of the company’s proposed merger with Whole Foods The FTC’s probe is reportedly the result of a complaint brought forth by Consumer Watchdog,...
News Story
7/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon's discount-pricing policies misled consumers, according to a report today. The probe comes on the heels of a complaint by advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which examined 1,000 products on the retailer's website and concluded 61% with list...
News Story
7/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
As Amazon prepares to lock down its mega-merger with Whole Foods, one of its most controversial sales practices may be coming back to haunt it.   The Federal Trade Commission is investigating claims that the online shopping giant misleads customers with the price comparisons it lists on its products, Reuters first reported. The unofficial...
Video
7/12/2017
Posted by Connor
Carmen Balber of Consumer Watchdog tells KABC 7 News that Amazon's discounts are often not what they seem. Posting fake "List" or "Was" prices to fool consumers.
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7/11/2017
Posted by Connor
As Amazon prime day entices millions of shoppers with its discounts, Consumer Watchdog raises an alarm.  John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's tech advocate, highlights a new report that shows Amazon's deceptive pricing practices.
News Story
7/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
You might get a good deal now, but the company is gobbling up market share and bludgeoning competitors. Today is Prime Day: Amazon’s bid to transform paying them $99 for an annual membership into a national holiday. The Internet oligarch is blanketing the Web with deals and enticements to encourage sign-ups. It even pitches this as a way...
News Release
7/10/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned consumers about Amazon’s deceptive pricing practices and said its dubious behavior means its big promotion on Tuesday should be called ‘Slime Day,” not “Prime Day.” The nonprofit nonpartisan public interest group also called on antitrust authorities to block...