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The Wall Street Journal reports that Johnson & Johnson has stopped selling some products on Amazon because of concerns that some third-party merchants are offering expired and/or damaged merchandise.

The Chicago Tribune notes that Amazon's CFO has said that "business generated from third-party merchants accounted for about 40 percent of items sold in the second quarter."
KC's View:
It is one of the challenges of the Amazon Marketplace … and something to which manufacturers have to pay attention. (Though I have to chuckle that we have this story immediately following a story about a Boston retailer deliberately selling out-of-date merchandise…)