Is Bribery in China Hurting Amazon and eBay Sellers in US?

INA STEINER | September 16, 2018

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Amazon is allegedly investigating reports of bribery used by sellers to obtain confidential data to get a leg up on their competitors, according to the Wall Street Journal (paid subscription required). Business Insider wrote about the allegations, including one about feedback manipulation: "According to the Wall Street Journal's sources, this practice is especially common in China, where small business owners sometimes pay Amazon employees around $300 for each bad review they take down." Prior to the Wall Street Journal's article, at least four readers forwarded us a link to a thread on Amazon's UK discussion boards about a seller they suspected was having their feedback scrubbed, with at least one believing Amazon must be assisting the seller. The first response to the original post (dated August 5) was from a seller who said:

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