Incident 528: Amazon Algorithmic Pricing Allegedly Hiked up Price of Reference Book to Millions

Description: Amazon's pricing algorithm was implicated in a reference book about flies' unusual high price of millions of dollars, allegedly due to two sellers using the paid service which based their product's pricing on one another's as competitors.


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Alleged: Amazon developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Amazon.

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Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies · 2011

A few weeks ago a postdoc in my lab logged on to Amazon to buy the lab an extra copy of Peter Lawrence’s The Making of a Fly – a classic work in developmental biology that we – and most other Drosophila developmental biologists – consult re…

How A Book About Flies Came To Be Priced $24 Million On Amazon · 2011

Two booksellers using Amazon's algorithmic pricing to ensure they were generating marginally more revenue than their main competitor ended up pushing the price of a book on evolutionary biology – Peter Lawrence's The Making of a Fly – to $2…


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