Amazon rivals are banding together to launch a new coalition that will urge lawmakers to think twice about how legislative reforms targeting Big Tech could harm smaller players.
The Coalition to Protect America’s Small Sellers — launched today by online marketplaces eBay, Etsy, Poshmark, Mercari and Offer Up — aims to represent entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized businesses on competition, consumer protection and other tech policy issues. The members are concerned that some new regulation in these areas could inadvertently create more burdens for sellers and threaten their ability to do business on those sites, potentially feeding even more power to the very giants Congress is trying to rein in.
They want to “avoid becoming collateral damage as policymakers go after bad actors,” Etsy spokesperson Marissa Tarabocchia wrote in an email. Poshmark’s vice president of communications, Amber McCasland, added that “we believe it is possible to achieve policy solutions that both consider and protect the interests of America’s small online sellers.”