Analyzing the D.C. attorney general’s suit against the tech giant

For many years, Amazon required third-party sellers to explicitly agree not to sell the same products for less on other sites, as a condition of selling on

That explicit clause has since been removed from the company’s standard contract with sellers. But in practice, the suit alleges, Amazon still penalizes sellers that offer lower prices on other sites, by removing them from promoted positions on product detail pages, taking them out of the “Buy Box,” as it’s known.

The allegations in the suit ring true to the experience of Jason Boyce of Avenue7Media, a former Amazon third-party seller and GeekWire’s collaborator on the Day 2 podcast.

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