Do you ever get the nagging feeling that the price of an item on one website is likely going to be the same on another? Well, there's a reason for that, and that reason is
Jeff Bezos' ecommerce giant is currently in the crosshairs of the US Federal Trade Commission which alleges the tech behemoth abused its market position and reaped profits by charging consumers more money. In fact, the US FTC went as far ahead as to file an actual lawsuit against the company in
Now, Project Nessie might sound like a cute name for what was essentially a code that adjusted prices across items on Amazon, but in reality, those adjustments were meant to help the company test the limits of how much it could raise prices before its competitors followed suit. In fact, so successful was the algorithm that it netted Amazon an additional $1 billion in revenue – how's that for sweeeeet!
So here's how it worked:
Given Amazon's market lead, every time the code changed prices, the company's competitors like Target or Walmart were prone to follow. Which meant if the price of an item was up on Amazon, it was up EVERYwhere. Of course, if the competitors didn't bother following Amazon, Nessie would just revert the price back to what it used to be originally.
Oh, but it wasn't just price increases. So advanced was the code, that when it noticed price drops elsewhere, say, during a sale, it would not only bring prices down on Amazon but keep them down long after a promotion ended, squeezing competitors out of the market.
Project Nessie is no longer in use, and nobody really knows why, but that hasn't stopped the FTC from bringing Amazon to court. We'll see how this plays out.
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Elon Musk vs. SEC (Again) 🙄
It's only been a hot minute and the world's richest man has decided to
The U.S. regulator made headlines last week after it subpoenaed the
Musk's purchase of Twitter was a hot mess, beginning with him quietly building a stake in the company, then launching a hostile takeover, followed by a $44 billion offer and a failed attempt to renege on the acquisition. Of course, as we all know, the acquisition went through because Twitter forced the billionaire to complete it, essentially forcing Musk to pay more than what the company might have been worth.
But that's all in the past. What concerns the SEC is the fact that it
This wouldn't be the first time Musk has picked a fight with the SEC, having previously feuded with the securities regulator over a surprise 2018 tweet that he was taking Tesla private at $420 per share.
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