I know this is probably a dead end, but just curious about how other sellers deal with this.
There is a seller in our category that we suspect has started to buy their own products to boost their search rank. They are selling items in a really crowded market and suddenly have basically their whole range on page one for search results.
On top of this, every night a second seller will appear on their listings for an hour or so, selling at a discount price, and then disappear until the same time the next day. We believe they are running this second account for the sole purpose of buying their own stock.
The seller then starts posting fake reviews for new products, always using buyer accounts with no review histories. The frustrating thing is amazon will acknowledge they are fake, and remove them, but then the seller is simply allowed to repeat the process without repercussions.
I have written repeatedly to amazon regarding this, but they are allowed to continue to use these tactics and are severely effecting our sales, plus the sales of every other merchant in the category.
Does Amazon ever take action against these sellers? Is there something more i can be doing to point this out as a violation? The market place seems to be completely over run with these types of sellers.