If you were hoping to order a new book or movie from Amazon, you may be out of luck.
The shipping giant has ground to a halt with certain titles during publisher disputes with the Hachette Book Group and Time Warner. It's part of a move for Amazon to gain leverage over more suppliers, but in this case it may have backfired.
'The Lego Movie' and '300: Rise of an Empire' are both being released on DVD and Blu-Ray next week, but Amazon has showed no sign that it will relent in its boycott. Both of these movies and other titles from the supplier are unavailable for customers to order.
Amazon is also blocking orders for J.K. Rowling's new novel that will release in June because it's from Hachette. Amazon is refusing to pre-order and is delaying shipments from the publisher.
In fact, Amazon has told customers that if they want these items so badly, they can move to another retailer. Is Amazon sacrificing a loyal consumer base for profits? The New York Times' Bits blog weighs in:
"Disputes between retailers and vendors happen every day. What is unusual here is not Amazon’s relentless desire to gain margin from its suppliers, but the suppliers’ growing resolve to hold the line. If other suppliers adopt the same attitude, that might have significant implications for Amazon’s pell-mell growth.
The confrontations indicate that Amazon’s long-stated desire to sell everything to everybody might be taking a back seat."
What do you think? Has Amazon overstepped its bounds one too many times? Or is the retail giant justified? Let me know in the comments below!