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France Set To Stop Amazon Offering Free Delivery For Books

 3:42 pm on Jun 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

France's Socialist government aims to introduce a law preventing online retailer Amazon from offering both discounts and free delivery for books in France, the culture minister said, arguing this amounts to unfair competition.

Aurelie Filippetti said the government was looking for the right time to introduce a ban on the practice, which book sellers say threatens their business model by allowing Amazon to undercut their prices.

"I'm in favor of ending the possibility of offering both free delivery and a five percent discount," she told BFM news television on Friday. "We need a law, so we're going to find a legislative window to introduce one."France Set To Stop Amazon Offering Free Delivery For Books [reuters.com]



 3:48 pm on Jun 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

They are ridiculous !

Any online shop can sell from a neighboring country and they cannot do anything against it !


 4:10 pm on Jun 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

That may be the case, but will they still be able to offer free delivery across borders?


 4:37 pm on Jun 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Anything is free for Amazon... And shipping to EU from some developping countries is actually cheaper than shipping from inside the country...


 9:03 pm on Jun 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

I guess if I owned a shop, I would probably be annoyed. But it just sounds kind of silly when somebody talks about passing a law to stop something from being free.

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