EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2760 - March 14, 2012     3 of 5

PayPal Among Companies Nominated for Consumerist Worst Companies

Email This Story to a Friend kicked off its seventh annual search to find the "Worst Company in America," and PayPal is among the 32 companies nominated for the "2012 Golden Poo Award."

The nominated companies were selected from reader submissions and will go head-to-head on the website in a bracket-style, single elimination tournament, similar to the NCAA basketball tournament. Each week, will scale down the brackets based on company match-ups and visitors' votes.

To be considered for inclusion, companies must regularly provide goods and services directly to consumers. PayPal/eBay will go up against Capital One; Sears/Kmart will go up against Walmart; UPS will face USPS, while Target will vie with Best Buy.

First-time nominees Netflix, UPS, Spirit Airlines, Electronic Arts and Centurylink (formerly Qwest) joined perennial favorites Bank of America, Walmart and Comcast.

Global oil and gas company BP won the Grand Champion title last year, and the Final Round Death Match between it and Bank of America ended with the highest number of votes of any "Worst Company In America" championship.

The Championship Battle takes place on April 2, and the final "winner" will be announced on April 4, 2012. More information is available on The Consumerist website. The Consumerist is published by Consumer Media LLC, a not-for-profit subsidiary of Consumer Reports.

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