Amazon vs. French Booksellers Union, free shipping

Who ever heard of a company getting sued for offering something for free? Enter Amazon vs. France. Apparently the French Booksellers Union is against free shipping. The wine sipping, cheese snacking judge agreed and stuck Amazon with a 1000 euro/day fine. Amazon is standing it’s ground and is accumulating fines up the whaazoo. So let this be a lesson to all you companies operating in France. Charge for everything, nothing should be free.

“Did you hear the one about Amazon? It offered free shipping in France, got sued for it by the French Booksellers’ Union, and lost. Now it’s choosing to pay €1,000 a day rather than follow the court’s order. Ba-da-bing!

No, it’s not funny, but that’s because it’s not a joke. The Tribunal de Grande Instance (a French appeals court) in Versailles ruled back in December that Amazon was violating the country’s 1981 Lang law with its free shipping offer. That law forbids booksellers from offering discounts of more than 5 percent off the list price, and Amazon was found to be exceeding that discount when the free shipping was factored in. “(link)

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1 Response to “Amazon vs. French Booksellers Union, free shipping”


  1. 1 Diego May 2, 2008 at 3:11 am

    that is the stupidest fucking story I’ve heard in a really, really long time.


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