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by Mike Masnick

Amazon And Toysrus Told To Have Their Geniuses Solve The Legal Dispute

from the work-it-out dept

Following up on the increasingly acrimonious lawsuit between Amazon and Toys 'R' Us comes a judge's order today that two sides need to work together to solve this dispute. The problem, of course, is that the complaints from Toys R Us are somewhat unreasonable. They have an "exclusive" relationship to sell toy products, but Amazon's offering allowing anyone to set up their own shop makes it difficult to police to make sure that no one else dare sell toys on Amazon's site (especially without pissing off sellers who didn't realize they couldn't sell toys). In their effort to be as annoying as possible, Toys R Us has apparently had someone watching Amazon and documenting any time an item slips through. The judge points out that its silly to order sanctions against Amazon for letting a few items slip through, but that their "geniuses" better figure out an automated way to stop it pretty damn quick. In the meantime, Amazon is still hoping to completely dissolve the relationship with, realizing they could probably do a better job on their own and not have to worry about all of this. Toys R Us, meanwhile, seems to be thinking about getting out of the toys business altogether.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2004 @ 1:46pm

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    Not sure about the small store fronts but I think TARGET's store front being there could be seen as a direct conflict of interest as far as toy sales go. Especially considering that Target, like Walmart, uses the toys as loss leaders in order to lure customers in.

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    dorpus, 12 Aug 2004 @ 5:28pm

    Toy psychology

    How often do kids wait patiently for toys to get delivered by an online service? Don't kids usually go into a fit when they see the toy in front of them in the store?

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      BoilerBob, 13 Aug 2004 @ 6:46am

      Re: Toy psychology

      How often do kids buy toys online or in a store? The parents need to bring the kid first. Don't go to the store the kids don't see the toy.

      Beside, just because you throw a fit whenever you don't get something doesn't mean that everyone does.

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