Once again, Amazon is picking a fight with a company over sales of a product, and this time, they’ve chosen to go up against Disney.
According to a story by Deadline.com, Amazon is trying to renegotiate its contract terms for a bigger slice of the sales by refusing to sell DVD versions of upcoming releases by Disney, such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted, Million Dollar Arm, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 via its US site.
Amazon is still selling these releases as Instant Video selections, but if you want a physical copy of the release on DVD, you’ll have to go to other retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.
Earlier this year, Amazon tried the same tactic with Warner Bros., and made new releases like The Lego Movie unavailable to order on DVD. The two sides eventually came to terms, and the DVD is now available via the online retailer.
Personally, I’d been wondering why all of my Disney and Marvel wishlist items were still not showing as available, even though release dates had been announced. If you have too, now we know why this is happening.
No word on how long this dispute will last, so if you want to get any of the upcoming Disney titles we mentioned on DVD/Blu-ray on their release dates, you might want to consider purchasing some place other than Amazon.
What do you think of Amazon’s tactics?
Can’t imagine this is going to really hurt Disney in the long run. Best Buy, Target and Costco sell DVD’s as well.
There are thousands of shops on the internet (plus there is also a real world with real shops out there…) – I haven´t bought anything at Amazon for quite a while now, as i always found the item for less somewhere else – bottom line: who cares…
I would think this is going to harm Amazon more than Disney. No one who wants a Disney “must have” DVD is going to select another item, they will just take those shopping dollars somewhere else to purchase that Disney DVD.
Now can anyone tell me why on earth Captain America: The Winder Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Toy Story of Terror, etc aren’t available on Disney Movie Club?? Where Maleficent and Planes have both been on pre-order since they hit theaters, but the above titles come out much sooner
I love Amazon, but things like this make me sad. I’ll keep shopping elsewhere as long as Amazon tries to go things like this to get better rates.
And yes, this is going to hurt Amazon far more than Disney in the long run.
Whatever happened to the days of companies seeking products to retailers for $x and them selling them for $y as the retailer sees fit?