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Regulation

Once you start buying goods to sell, you’re running a business and have legal responsibilities and obligations; it's a jungle of regulation that will only grow in complexity as the business develops... Read our Regulation Position Paper.
By Sasha Fedorenko February 15, 2019 - 2:28 pm

Austria opens Amazon antitrust probe over sellers discrimination

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority (BWB) has launched an Amazon antitrust probe over alleged abuse of their dominant position in the country to discriminate against sellers on their marketplace. The investigation aims to examine Amazon's 'dual role' as a retailer and marketplace platform for allegedly violating competition

Marketplaces are continuing to crack down on VAT fraud, (but catch a UK seller by mistake)

Marketplaces are continuing to crack down VAT fraud in their attempt to protecting themselves from joint and several liabilities for VAT imposed by HMRC and other European tax authorities. This isn't a new phenomenon as we have previously reported on eBay, Amazon and Fruugo signing 'Tackling online VAT

EU agree to rein in unfair marketplace practices

The European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission have reached a political deal on the first-ever rules aimed at banning unfair marketplace practices. This includes transparency on how search results are ordered, if a marketplace also sells on it's own

Amazon India removes products over new marketplace regulation

Amazon India removed numerous products as new ecommerce regulations went into effect today which look set to impede the business's efforts to grow in the country. The marketplace began removing items on their Indian site this Thursday as they began to comply with the new foreign

The Tamebay Ecommerce Papers

Over the course of the last year, Tamebay have compiled a series of papers delving into all aspects of ecommerce from the very latest technologies including Virtual Assistants and Artificial Intelligence to search, delivery, regulation and International Selling. Today the Tamebay Ecommerce Papers are available

Register for German VAT or be blocked from selling on Amazon & eBay

Germany has introduced similar VAT laws to the UK, holding marketplaces jointly and severally liable for any VAT that merchants may not pay. Germany have also introduced VAT legislation effective from the 1st of January 2019 that gives them the right to see activity for

Amazon face GDPR scandal over ‘violation of consumers’ rights’

Amazon have come under fire for "violation of consumers' rights" as they failed to fully comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The EU non-profit privacy group, noyb found that the marketplace failed to supply additional information to which consumers are entitled to under the EU law. It

VAT rules to blame for destruction of returned stock, say Amazon France

Amazon France are blaming the French VAT regulations for forcing them to destroy returned stock after the marketplace came under fire for getting rid of unsold products in massive quantities. Last week, Amazon was reported to have destroyed €293k (£259k) worth of unsold stock over nine months in one

Amazon addresses criticism on ‘taking an unfair share of profit’ from authors

Amazon have dubbed a new report by The Author's Guild as "flawed and contradictory" after it claimed that the marketplace are "taking an unfair share of profit" from authors in the US. The survey of US writers' earnings says that book income saw a 21% decline