EcomCrew Podcast

E498: Advocating for a Level Playing Field in E-Commerce

The rise of e-commerce has brought about a new wave of challenges for businesses and consumers alike, particularly in the form of unfair trade practices. In this episode of the EcomCrew Podcast, the focus is on the challenges faced by Amazon sellers, particularly from Chinese companies and sellers who engage in these practices. 

Karl from Stonington Global joins the discussion to shed light on the lobbying efforts to educate lawmakers about these issues and advocate for a fairer e-commerce environment. 

This episode highlights the importance of creating a level playing field for all e-commerce sellers and the impact of unfair trade practices on consumers.


  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 02:36 – Unfair trade practices on Amazon
  • 03:00 – Lobbying efforts by tech giants
  • 06:21 – Amazon's public relations efforts and challenges for small businesses
  • 08:59 – Consumer impact and importance of domestic manufacturing
  • 12:25 – Vulnerabilities of global supply chains
  • 14:07 – Government crackdown on Amazon and challenges for US businesses
  • 15:44 – Draft legislation and the proposed FTC study
  • 18:54 – Karl's personal story on dealing with Amazon
  • 21:16 – Encouragement to share stories and put pressure on Amazon
  • 23:48 – Support for Karl's cause and spreading the message

As the e-commerce industry continues to grow, the need for a level playing field becomes increasingly important. Unfair trade practices, particularly those perpetrated by Chinese companies and sellers, present a significant challenge for Amazon sellers and have a wider impact on consumers. 

However, by advocating for change and educating lawmakers, we can work towards creating a more equitable e-commerce environment. This episode encourages listeners to engage with the topic, support Karl's cause, and work together to create a better future for all e-commerce sellers and consumers. 

Visit EcomCrew for more content and e-commerce courses, and until the next episode, happy selling!

Michael Jackness

Michael started his first business when he was 18 and is a serial entrepreneur. He got his start in the online world way back in 2004 as an affiliate marketer. From there he grew as an SEO expert and has transitioned into ecommerce, running several sites that bring in a total of 7-figures of revenue each year.

One Comment

  1. Here’s a 100% iron clad solution for our problem with amazon china – All non china made product sellers are in direct competition with china PERIOD Even if they dont have a chinese made like product because amazon is destroying – eroding our very economy so we all have a motive to cut china sold products WAY DOWN TO SIZE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
    HERES HOW – Everyone that sells a non chinese product has a seal on their website that is searchable so when I shop I know immediately the product is from china if it dosent have the seal and the only way to get the seal is by going through the seal of approval company (Like Good House Keeping) we just have to find an association or a bunch of associations to unite for this purpose – we want to include all non US companies as they are being unfairly treated too.

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