I recently had a bit of a run in with one of my suppliers, sleepytot. They have decided to stop supplying companies who sell their products on eBay and Amazon or those that sell below the RRP. I’m not sure if it is strictly speaking legal to constrain the channels which retailers use, or their prices, but anyway, lets look at the two sides of this arguement. I will try, and almost definitely fail to give a balanced view.
The reasons normally given for not wanting items sold on eBay/Amazon are they it devalues the brand, mainly for two reasons
- eBay is seen as disreputable in some way. I suppose as eBay sells such a wide range of items including new, old and yes, fakes, it is not seen as the kind of neighbourhood people want their brand hanging out in
- Prices. Prices on eBay are rarely the RRP and their don’t want their offline and off-marketplace customers to be undercut.
- They are going to be sold their anyway. There is no way they can stop the sale of second hand items
- International exposure. A significant propotion of marketplace activity is international
- Search exposure. For any given product search, eBay and Amazon items will probably rank quite highly
- Additional sales opportunities. The more a product can get in front of customers, the more chances there are for a sale.