Amazon Accused of Cheating Customers Through Shipping Costs

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Burke claims Amazon recommends to its prime vendors that they raise the price of each item by an amount equal to normal shipping charges, which results in higher referral fees per item paid to Amazon by vendors.

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Another Amazon Prime customer, A. Cemal Ekin of Rhode Island, filed a similar lawsuit, alleging breach of contract and violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act.

"The routine inclusion and encouragement of inclusion of shipping charges in the prices of [certain vendor] Prime-Eligible items constitutes a breach of Amazon’s promise to Prime Program Members that shipping charges would not be included in the prices of items offered for sale as [vendor] Prime-Eligible, and violates Amazon’s agreement that shipping would be 'free,'" according to Ekin's lawsuit filed in February in the same Seattle court in which Burke filed her suit.

Amazon has yet to file a legal response to Ekin's lawsuit.

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