Amazon's Consumer Electronics Distribution Questioned

from the oops dept

Wired is running an article about Amazon’s entry into the consumer electronics space and they question if it’s the right move for Amazon. More interesting to me, however, was the bit about the questionable way in which they are sourcing their products. Sony, for example, does not have Amazon as a certified reseller, and therefore they are apparently getting the goods in a questionable manner. I especially like the quote from’s CEO saying he’s heard “rumors” of Amazon’s products having the serial numbers stripped off.

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Dan Miller (profile) says:


First, that’s a lame comment from Peck of Second, there are numerous vendors on the Net that are not “authorized” dealers of Sony, Toshiba, etc… These manufacturers will eventually realize that they are idiots for not certifying more of these Net retailers. I have no doubt that Amazon is obtaining the goods from a reputable distribution channel, even if it’s not Sony approved.

Dennis says:

"Authorized" Dealer

From my understanding with dealing with electronics merchants, the “Sony Authorized Dealers” actually have a huge disadvantage on the Internet.. As an “Authorized Dealer”, you’re not allowed to post pricing information, but if you’re not authorized, then Sony can’t stop you… I’m sure Sony’s trying to protect its retail distribution channels, but the policy seems quite backward to me.

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