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In September 2000, price discrimination potentially violating the Robinson–Patman Act was found on
Amazon offered to sell a buyer a DVD for one price, but after the buyer deleted cookies that identified him as a regular Amazon customer, he was offered the same DVD for a substantially lower price.
This is a frequent practice among some retailers and the fine was intended to "send a clear message [to the industry] that unsubstantiated savings claims will not be tolerated".
In March 2008, sales representatives of Amazon's Book Surge division started contacting publishers of print on demand titles to inform them that for Amazon to continue selling their POD-produced books, they were required to sign agreements with Amazon's own Book Surge POD company.
has attracted criticism from multiple sources, where the ethics of certain business practices and policies have been drawn into question.
Some publishers felt that this ultimatum amounted to monopoly abuse, and questioned the ethics of the move and its legality under anti-trust law.
O'Reilly collected 10,000 signatures The protest ended with O'Reilly and Bezos visiting Washington, D. On May 12, 2006, the USPTO ordered a re-examination of the "One-Click" patent, based on a request filed by actor Peter Calveley, who cited the prior art of an earlier e-commerce patent and the Digicash electronic cash system.
Amazon has a Canadian site in both English and French, but until a ruling in March 2010, was prevented from operating any headquarters, servers, fulfillment centers or call centers in Canada by that country's legal restrictions on foreign-owned booksellers.
In 2008, Amazon UK came under criticism for attempting to prevent publishers from direct selling at discount from their own websites.
Amazon's argument was that they should be able to pay the publishers based on the lower prices offered on their websites, rather than on the full recommended retail price (RRP).