New Update: Amazon recently just switched back to promoting its own products ahead of their sellers and vendors. Some people speculate that Amazon was simply testing how the change in search results would affect their profits and the experience of their customers.
Amazon has a reputation for promoting its own branded listings ahead of other listings. It makes sense from their perspective. They’d rather sell their own in-house branded products, and make more profit, instead of selling someone else's branded products. But 3rd party sellers noticed this and were not content.
Previously, they regularly placed their own products above those of sellers & vendors in organic search results. Amazon shoppers would see Amazon's own products first and thus be more likely to buy them, instead of choosing products from the millions of 3rd party sellers. Some vendors and sellers thought this to be unfair because Amazon’s products had a leg up on theirs.
But Amazon recently cut down on showing its branded products ahead of others. They did not stop the practice entirely, but more so lower the probability of it happening. Organic search results are fairer for 3rd party sellers and brands as a result.
Amazon has thousands of its own private-label brands in all categories. Some of these generic products have been successful because of their low costs and direct connections to Amazon. Some of their brands include AmazonBasics, Amazon Essentials, and Pinzons.
Their change of self-promotion is an attempt to improve the experience of their sellers and customers. Amazon search results are now more fair, and we expect 3rd party sellers to be happy with this recent change as they may find that their products are gaining some share in the marketplace.
Credit to Marketplace Pulse’s original blog.