The Wall Street Journal’s reporting showed how Congress and federal regulators are often absent in protecting consumers from online hazards—while Amazon says it isn’t its
responsibility to police them either, due to historical carve-outs in federal law. This
competitive and regulatory landscape, the Journal showed, enabled Amazon to grow
into an unruly flea market that masquerades as a traditional retailer, with little or no
policing of the millions of sellers who offer few details about what they sell—all at a
significant cost to consumers.