Amazon wants you to quit buying CRaP

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Ever bought CRaP like laundry softener or snack foods on Amazon? You’re the company’s worst nightmare.

Amazon wants customers to purchase less CRaP products — a term meaning “can’t realize a profit”, which the company isn’t able to extract a profit margin from — in an effort to become more profitable, The Wall Street Journal reports.

These items are essentially everything under $15, from bottled water and snack foods to laundry softener, Kleenex and toilet paper. The company is targeting these items because they’re bulky to ship, making them less suitable for shipping than other products, like furniture and electronics.

By eliminating select items and working with companies to repackage products, they can be shipped individually while still making a profit. By moving some items from Amazon fulfilment centres back to manufacturer’s distribution centres, the company is hoping to save some money by putting the burden of shipping the less expensive items back onto the maker.

With its massive market share, Amazon can not only influence its vendors but go after them directly — through its more than 100 private labels, selling everything from mattresses to body wash and iPhone chargers. The company is testing a box below results for certain products that says “Similar from our brands” — clearly a stab at taking away market share from the vendors that rely heavily on Amazon for their traffic.

Clearly Amazon isn’t afraid to throw its weight around in an attempt at influencing — or if necessary, bullying — vendors into doing what it wants.

Inside an Amazon fulfilment warehouse. 📸:  Wikimedia

Inside an Amazon fulfilment warehouse. 📸: Wikimedia

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