Dana Mattioli and Joe Flint explain Amazon’s questionable behaviors in The Wall Street Journal, writing:
Executives from HBO Max complained about Amazon’s behavior during the negotiations to the House Antitrust Subcommittee investigating Amazon’s business practices, said people familiar with the probe.
Amazon’s Mr. Evans said that there are occasions, including its talks with HBO, when companies are interested in exploring partnerships across multiple Amazon businesses.
A former longtime senior AWS executive said that in recent years AWS has discussed how to better leverage its cloud clout in broader Amazon negotiations. Because of Amazon’s size, it is common for companies to work with many different business units within Amazon. Some AWS customers also sell large volumes of their products on Amazon.com.
Amazon’s Mr. Evans said that negotiations often don’t occur in a silo and that Amazon and its partners often seek to reach agreements that cover multiple aspects of their businesses and Amazon’s.
“We are fortunate to have grown so fast and have a healthy business that we were able to say no and take a big hit and survive,” he said. “Most businesses can’t afford to say no.”
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