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Here's why moving your products to Amazon isn't the (only) solution and our 4 tips to compete (hint: don't compete on price) and survive in the age of Amazon.

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    Samuel J. Harlow

    2 months ago #

    You know, I don't think we've even seen the tip of the iceberg as far as how they eventually screw over sellers. They look at these sellers as "Minimum Viable Products" to test the market/demand.

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      Edward Dennis

      2 months ago #

      Good point re MVP. But I'd have to agree with Cooper's comment below. Given the chance, most people would probably do the same thing if they had access to the data. I wonder if there are any rules in the US re this practice. Does anyone know?

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    Cooper Blanch

    2 months ago #

    I'm playing the devil's advocate here: If I were sitting on a landmine of data, I'd be doing the same exact thing.

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      Edward Dennis

      2 months ago #

      I'm with ya there. Time to buy their stock then? :P

      In all seriousness, they've gotten WAY too big that they can do whatever they want - just like Google

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        Brandon Wright

        about 2 months ago #

        I was about a month into an ecom side project when I decided to scrap it and invest the rest of my startup capital into Amazon's stock. I realized there was no way to compete without manufacturing the products myself.

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    Tim Chard

    about 2 months ago #

    Nice read! I also wasn't expecting to see AdEspresso in there in the comments - I set up that experiment example you used!

    I'm going to put your article in the AdEspresso weekly newsletter :)

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      Edward Dennis

      about 2 months ago #

      Awww sweet! Thanks, Tim. I actually use AE on a daily basis, and obviously, I'm subscribed to your newsletter. Your weekly newsletter is one of those that I'm always looking forward to.

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    Roberta Fanucci

    2 months ago #

    The only way, I think, to be safe on Amazon is to have a product that super niche that they'd rather you "oversee" the product.

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    Caesar Castello

    2 months ago #

    Amazon is the KING of undercuts. Remember when Wal-Mart made a push against Amazon Prime with free two-day shipping without a membership fee on orders of at least $35 and a few months later they (Amazon) lowered its free shipping threshold to $25?

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      Edward Dennis

      2 months ago #

      See, the more reason why you can't compete with Amazon on price. Not even if you're a Wal-Mart.

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    Karina Czerwinska

    2 months ago #

    Can't compete with Amazon on price. So, why "race to the bottom"? Need to think some creative ways to lure the customers to buy on your platform. Bundle up popular items with something related or things like that.

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      Edward Dennis

      2 months ago #

      Agree with the "can't compete on price" point.

      Really, Amazon is a great platform for getting those first buyers. People who go to Amazon (mostly) know what they're looking for. The next step for retailers is to nudge/nurture these first-time buyers to buy on your platform for their next purchases.

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