Amazon consider RRP when awarding the Buy Box

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We received an interesting email from an Amazon seller that’s worth sharing. The email from Amazon was sent to a Toy seller and it regards Toy ASINs, RRP (Recommended Retail Price) and getting that all important Amazon Buy Box slot.

Here’s the text of the email:

“Dear Amazon Seller,

You are receiving this email because you are listing one or more ASINs in the Toys category. We have noticed in the past that certain popular Toy ASINs have been sold above the recommended retail price during the holiday season, creating a poor shopping experience for customers.

At Amazon, we give the utmost importance to ensuring a great shopping experience for customers. Hence, we reserve the buybox award for eligible ASINs that are listed at competitive prices and the buybox will not be awarded to offers with a price above the recommended retail price.

You can review your prices for your listings using the new “Pricing dashboard” on Seller Central. Please help us to offer the best shopping experience to customers by ensuring that your listings are competitively priced.

Best regards,

Amazon Services Europe”

It’s a useful insight on several levels. It is, perhaps, hardly surprising that Amazon would take RRPs into account and obviously toys will be a critical category for sales at this time of years. It also reinforces how Amazon intervenes in the marketplace for the betterment of the buyer experience.

But it does also show how eBay can be superior in some ways: that marketplace will see what buyers will bear. So, if there’s a must have toy this year in short supply (I haven’t seen one yet reported in 2015 but those closer to the industry may have and idea) and gift buyers are willing to pay over the odds because of that scarcity, then eBay is the better bet.

10 Responses

  1. Perhaps Amazon should also use this themselves, I have seen countless items sold at above the RRP on the site by them.

  2. Amazon has a habit of trying to drive prices down on sellers rather than up then take on board the huge fees.

    With supply and demand – if theres an opportunity to push prices up at some points which can recoup some money given up through other products that have been sold at a discount then why not?

  3. It’s within a whisker of becoming a cartel with this practice/suggestion, and that’s illegal in this country.

  4. Hi
    Interesting article, I bought the “In” game for this year which is “Pie Face “, after seeing the You Tube video of the Grandfather and Grandson playing (1.2 million views). I paid £14.99 from Amazon itself. I was restricted in buying only 2 games. I then went back 2 days later to buy some more games and Amazon had pushed the price to over £20 and I see the lowest price now is £27.99, going upto £60.00 for one FBA seller. (eBay highest price is £99.99)
    Amazon does this themselves, so it is very hypocritical telling other sellers not to do it.
    If you have not seen the You Tube video here is the link ; https://youtu.be/jVSj1WUZ7Zk

    Thanks

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