This is a bit of the story of David and Goliath. A small independent bookstore Postcard won a battle against Amazon after having initiated a legal action against the us giant of e-commerce for unfair competition. A "record of delivery" in the colours of Amazon installed last November at the station of Épinal, only a few meters of the trade, no longer works since Thursday, February 21, in the evening, reports France 3. No official confirmation has been issued by Amazon for the time being, the manager of the bookstore and its counsel reserve the right, in the event of a prolonged silence, to continue the judicial proceedings in summary proceedings and request the settlement of a daily penalty.
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The story had been relayed a few days ago by Vosges Matin : Isabelle Colin, director of the library "The Dock of the Words", note the beginning of November the presence of the record of the Amazon just in front of his business. "Amazon is our first competitor. I said to myself: 'our job is freakin' and I was in tears," she says in the Figaro . "It's Gares & Connexions (branch of SNCF, editor's note) who has put this record here," continued the bookseller.The record of delivery from Amazon, installed in front of the railway station of Épinal. The Figaro, A facility that would be illegal
The presence of this record would be unlawful, ahead of the bookseller. The area of the train station of Épinal is classified by the historic monuments and those who settle there must adhere to a number of rules on the aesthetic level, as explained by Isabelle Colin.
The owner of the bookstore has decided to proceed with a court action for unfair competition against Amazon, but also against the SNCF, which houses the locker. A letter was sent Friday morning by Me Olivier Cousin, the lawyer of the library (see document below). The mayor LR of Epinal Michel Heinrich -also sent a notice to SNCF Mobilités, which has installed the locker without the permission of the municipality.An independent bookstore is an attack on Amazon published by LeFigaro The library "The Dock of the Words", in Épinal, in the Vosges. Le Figaro
"watch your way to consume, otherwise there will be more shops and more city centres"
If Isabelle Colin wanted to commit to a legal action, it is also to defend the small independent bookstores and alert the public opinion. "My goal was also to tell people: 'watch your drinking, otherwise there will be more shops and more city centres", explains she. Before continuing: "When there will be more than Amazon, there will be no more booksellers to awaken people to other reading choices, or to give advice".
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Isabelle Colin - who says he is passionate by his job, can in any case count on the support of the inhabitants of Épinal. When she relayed his misadventures on social networks, she has received many testimonies of sympathy. "A lung vital cultural Postcard. Professionalism, knowledge books, home and conviviality. Against Amazon, and with our booksellers who make the culture of the vicinity!", indicates for example a customer on the Google page of the bookstore. Contacted by Le Figaro , the company Amazon did not respond to our solicitations.Updated Date: 27 February 2019, 00:00