Exclusive: Small businesses fear Amazon shadow, survey finds – Axios

Small businesses say Amazon's dominance is one of their most significant challenges in a new survey Wednesday from an anti-monopoly group shared exclusively with Axios.
Why it matters: Tech giants and their critics are both looking for support from small businesses in their lobbying battles over antitrust bills, due to the outsized sway small firms can hold with lawmakers.
Details: The Institute for Local Self-Reliance surveyed 908 small businesses online in January to solicit their views on the challenges they face and the policies they believe would help.
By the numbers: The businesses said their top issue is large competitors receiving better access, pricing and terms, with 65% saying it was a significant challenge.
Between the lines: ILSR also surveyed a smaller subset of 94 businesses that have sold on the Amazon marketplace.
What they're saying: "They're understandably afraid to speak out," Stacy Mitchell, co-director of ILSR, told Axios.
The other side: ILSR circulated its survey to members of more than a dozen small business organizations as well as online forums and networks for entrepreneurs. In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson said the survey lacks credibility.


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