Amazon and Google are reportedly mobilizing the small businesses that they claim rely on their platforms to fight antitrust bills that threaten to break up the Masters of the Universe. Incredibly, some small businesses are arguing that bills designed to stop Amazon from copying their products and destroying their business by favoring the platform’s own brand would be a net negative for their companies.
Politico reports that Amazon and Google are utilizing the small businesses that they claim rely on their various platforms to convince Congress to hold back on passing antitrust bills that could affect the tech giants’ online monopolies.
Smaller companies that utilize these platforms are warning lawmakers that passing antitrust bills that could limit the influence of the tech giants could end up hurting the businesses that rely on the platforms. Meanwhile, trade groups backed by Google and Amazon are claiming that the antitrust bills could see services like Amazon Prime and Google Docs ended.
Kristin Rae, the founder of Inspire Travel Luggage, a vendor that sells its products primarily on Amazon, commented: “I’m glad in this case Amazon is deploying people like me. Because maybe we are the ones who can get through to lawmakers and say, ‘Wow, my job or position or brand could be in danger.’”