Sellers complained to the Federal Antimonopoly Service about marketplaces due to the order of sales

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Sellers complained to the Federal Antimonopoly Service about marketplaces due to the order of sales
Sellers complained to the Federal Antimonopoly Service about marketplaces due to the order of sales
24 June, 10:39Society
Opora Rossii, an entrepreneurial organization, turned to the Federal Antimonopoly Service with a request to clarify the admissibility of sales carried out by marketplaces. Sellers are required to participate in these promotions, although competition law prohibits such actions.

According to Kommersant, the service intends to consider the appeal of businessmen. It is clarified that for refusing to participate in sales, marketplaces threaten to increase the commission for working on the site up to 10%. This policy violates antitrust laws.

Wildberries indicated to the publication that sellers independently decide on participation in promotions and set prices for goods themselves, while Yandex Market and Ozon do not set any restrictions.

At the same time, marketplaces must compensate sellers for part of the losses from discounts, but this often does not happen, said goOMNI CEO Efim Aldukhov. This practice is called unfair by the head of the board of Rusprodsoyuz Dmitry Leonov. He is sure that the policies imposed by marketplaces do not allow businessmen to raise prices. If seller prices on Ozon are higher than on other platforms by more than 15–20%, he may lose premium goods, which will lead to a decrease in marketplace sales by 20–30%.

Infoline recalled that over the past year, online platforms formed 3.4% of the turnover of the entire retail market in Russia. Fairs and markets at the same time - 4.6%.

Pavel Ickert, managing partner of Ickert & Partners, emphasized that the impact of the marketplace on prices when demanding discounts is comparable to the creation of a vertical cartel, which is the basis for prosecution.

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