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Amazon has avoided being charged with breaking EU law and a fine of up to $50 billion by making several commitments to the European Commission today, one of which was to allow Prime sellers to "freely choose any carrier" for their logistics and delivery services. The Register reported that it would shortly make changes to its …

  1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

    Never mind letting sellers choose their shipper, what about requiring them to say which shipper they will use, so that we can avoid sellers who use Evri/Hermes.

    1. Gene Cash Silver badge

      Or even how about telling where they're shipping FROM?

      I recently ordered a $12 silverware basket for my dishwasher.

      It's being shipped via Royal Mail, which tells me my piddly little $12 plastic piece 'o crap is being shipped all the way across the Atlantic. And it still hasn't arrived. I ordered it mid-November, and it isn't supposed to arrive until next year.

      Now I expected my A4 paper to come from Europe, but not this.

    2. Zola

      Going further, I'd like to hide sellers that use specific delivery companies, ie. Evri, as that would be perfect.

      I'd simply specify in my profile the delivery companies that I DON'T trust to deliver my purchases and that I don't want to have to deal with, and bingo - sellers using the cheapest and crappiest delivery companies would disappear from my listings and those sellers will most likely see a dramatic loss of business until they start paying a fair price to have their stuff delivered by reputable delivery companies.

      Evri would be put out of business overnight. Hopefully.

  2. elsergiovolador Silver badge

    Brown envelopes

    So the EU is not concerned about Chinese sellers selling products that don't meet regulations among other things?

    Surely that is more harmful to the consumers and European businesses as for instance Chinese vendor does not have to fork out thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands or even millions upfront to meet certification requirements?

    It seems like again EU is focusing not so relevant things to appear they are doing something.

    1. H in The Hague

      Re: Brown envelopes

      "So the EU is not concerned about Chinese sellers selling products that don't meet regulations among other things?"

      As far as I am aware, that is not handled by the EU, but by the trading standards authorities of the member states.

      However, in some countries (including the UK) those have had their budgets cut, both to reduce government expenditure and to - supposedly - reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. But I am in favour of effective standards enforcement, to protect both consumers and traders/manufacturers who do comply with the rules.

      1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

        Re: Brown envelopes

        You don't need a big budget for this. It's literally a couple of weeks of gathering evidence and then telling Amazon they will get shut down if they don't fix it within a month and if they don't shut them down.

        This is how they work against small business. Not sure why big business should get a different treatment.

        Then look at the title of my first post.

  3. IGotOut Silver badge

    Probaly the only reason I use Amazon because the majority of time the parcels actually arrive.

    1. BristolBachelor Gold badge

      Re: Probaly the only reason I use Amazon

      To be honest they also have a good return policy; to the point where we'll shop with Amazon instead of others.

      Also you know the Amazon delivery price when you select the object; with many suppliers on Amazon, its impossible to know until check-out. Even ebay does better!

  4. Spamalam


    Please don't do it. The Royal Mail are awful, just awful, and for ignorant sellers this will be a disaster.

    Just set a logistics price index and set worker wages/conditions, but we actually want parcels to arrive.

    Please, no Royal Mail!

    1. tiggity Silver badge

      Re: Nooooooooooo....

      I never have issues with Royal Mail parcels - do have lots of grief from other companies.

      .. I live in a place where no house number, satnavs, maps applications etc shows postcode as several hundred metres from where I am (totally different street) - live in an area where new streets / houses added without new postcodes so, whereas normally a postcode covers a small area, ours covers a bizarrely large area. And also the fun of a house with the same name, nearby but that actually has a different postcode.

      Royal mail local knowledge wins every time, we get very used to large delays from other delivery companies and also often get deliveries meant for others.

      ... So Royal Mail experience / opinion can vary

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