Amazon, Apple, Paul Buddy discussed on Weekend Edition Sunday
Those days will be over Amazon is kicking small businesses who resell apple products off its site. NPR's James Dubec reports. Paul buddies basement shelves are filled with laptops, ipads, screens, cables and packing material. He makes a living selling used computers and accessories from his home in Saint Louis, but he buys old apple computers. Sometimes as many as fifty at a time and fixes them up. He even upgrade some for most people buying a new apple computers, expensive, most models run at least thirteen hundred dollars or more. That's why buddy says people often look into buying something used online. They can you know, look on Amazon and find something that's been refurbished. That's an older. One that still works. Good, and they can get into trying out of MAC book pro for like five hundred dollars resellers like buddy, say Amazon is a huge part of how they sell their stuff for him. It's ninety percent of sales. But starting January fourth he's poised to lose all of that last month. But he got an Email saying that because of a new deal between the two companies his apple products would be removed from Amazon store. He says he felt very frustrated upset just, wow, you know, what am I gonna do? Now, basically, dozens of independent apple resellers lit up Amazon seller message boards, dear Amazon, I would like to thank you for running me out of business with a single Email one person wrote it's not clear how many hundreds of businesses are affected. We reached out to Amazon and spokesperson wouldn't say, it's kind of something that's Amazon sellers. Like me have always feared that's John bomb. Stead of Minneapolis bumster. Says he sells about a third of his refurbished apple computers on Amazon, and he's not sure how he's going to make up for it. Apple resellers, say they're going to have to sell more of their stuff on EBay Craigslist and other sites, but those are small potatoes compared to Amazon which reigns. Supreme and online shopping in an NPR Marras pull this year. Ninety two percent of online shoppers said they've bought something on Amazon. But now apple has pushed small sellers off of Amazon's marketplace, it's a change that worries bumster who says apple could force other companies to drop independent sellers like him. What if apple forces this kind of agreement that made with Amazon what if it pushes this agreements onto the other marketplace players what if the rest of it becomes off limits as well. That's the release scary thought in my mind from now on companies that want to sell used apple products through Amazon have to shoot they sell millions of dollars worth each year. Apple says it wants to prevent counterfeit products from being sold on Amazon, which this will do but Paul buddy says all his sales are authentic, apple and points to his near one hundred percent feedback rating. So he's not sure what he's gonna do when the new policy goes into effect next month me and my wife had a talk. What else can I do for my business? You know, we came up with different ideas and stuff, obviously. So I have plans of other things I could try, but this has been a good business for me. So I'd hate to see it go for now. He says he's just busy trying to keep up with the rush of sales before Christmas. He needs to clear out as many, apple, laptops, and phones as possible because after January fourth he won't be able to do it on Amazon.