Now Amazon Is Picking Fight With Captain America
Disney films can't be preordered
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 11, 2014 11:52 AM CDT
Updated Aug 11, 2014 12:00 PM CDT
This image released by Marvel shows George St-Pierre, left, and Chris Evans in a scene from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."   (AP Photo/Marvel-Disney, Zade Rosenthal)

(Newser) – Add another major firm to Amazon's list of enemies: As the retailer's battle with publisher Hachette continues, it's also taking action against Disney, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon has stopped offering preorders of DVDs and Blu-rays of movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Maleficent, whereas rival retailers continue to offer them. It's a rather bold move by Amazon, an analyst suggests: "Most retailers just aren't willing to hurt themselves by cutting off sales." The details of the dispute aren't clear, but the Telegraph suggests it's likely linked to Amazon's push for lower prices.

But Amazon, which is currently reeling from bigger second-quarter losses than expected, has a lot of weight to throw around when it comes to e-commerce, the Journal notes. A similar feud with Hachette recently prompted a petition, signed by authors like Stephen King, slamming Amazon's approach to e-book prices; the petition became a two-page ad in yesterday's New York Times. In turn, Amazon urged readers to write to a "stonewalling" Hachette, the Journal reports.

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Aug 11, 2014 8:26 PM CDT
Stupid. It'd be a big deal if there weren't a 1000 other places to get it, but all Amazon is doing is trimming fat that their competitors will feed on.
Aug 11, 2014 5:23 PM CDT
Maybe all authors should unionize and quit selling to amazon..
Aug 11, 2014 3:13 PM CDT
Amazon wants to set it's own prices. This is like free energy, no one can compete with free energy so the energy companies go out of business, Then they jack up the prices as high as they want. It is classic monopoly strategy and easy to see thru if you look. In the short term prices are lower but when Amazon controls the publishing industry? Start thinking Wal-mart.