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Wed Oct 3 2018 14:20:10

Amazon Faces Accusations of eBay Poaching and More

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay accused Amazon of illegally using its messaging system to poach sellers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon is also being accused of using its third-party merchants' listings as bait to show its own private-label offerings, according to CNBC.

The Wall Street Journal said eBay alleges in a cease and desist letter that 50 Amazon sales reps sent over 1,000 messages to sellers on its platform.

Reuters said Amazon is conducting a thorough investigation of the allegations, which came to light after a seller complained to eBay, according to the newswire.

Meanwhile, in what is sure to rile sellers, Amazon is using a new feature to show shoppers links to its own private-label brands inside rival listings, according to CNBC. "When searching for various products in beauty, health and household and baby items, some shoppers have seen the link "Similar item from Our Brands" show up at the bottom of the listing. Clicking on the link, which is not an advertisement, takes you to the product page for Amazon's own private-label offering."

The alleged practice comes as European regulators are investigating Amazon practices to see if it's using third-party sales data to give it an unfair competitive advantage, something also on the radar screen of a US senator

According to Bloomberg, regulators have sent a 16-page questionnaire to merchants asking them if Amazon has in recent years started to sell products under its own brand that are "identical or very similar" to ones merchants have offered, and what impact that has had on their business.

Amazon also faced scrutiny over its wages in the US, and on Tuesday, Amazon announced it would implement a new $15 minimum wage effective November 1st, including associates employed by temp agencies. It will impact over 250,000 Amazon employees and over 100,000 seasonal holiday employees.

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by: Grady This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 20:23:22 2018

Ebay does not want these sellers. They just want some press and someone to blame their horrible stagnant performance on. Blame it on Amazon !!!!
Ebay chased their sellers (and buyers) away, Amazon simply made room for some of them. The daily Pr machine is frantically trying to explain to Wall Street why Ebay isn't making money in advance of the bad news coming the 17th.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 20:27:44 2018

Interesting, Amazon is doing the wrong thing in the above article and Ebay is being blamed for the wrong actions of Amazon and for taking action telling them to stop.

Turn about is fair play

eBay HATES its smaller sellers - they have gone out of their way to INSURE that their businesses have become hobbies.

Forums like this are hardly the place to get ANY sympathy for the DEVIL (I mean the Devin).

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 21:18:55 2018

I used to say that if Common Sense were offered on ebay, it would be taken down.
Now I have to add Logic to that.
Per a report today, ebay will meet it's 3rd quarter EPS goal, or miss it by a penny. Not good news.
So, ebay concocts this wild hair story, hopefully planting an image of million$ in lost sales because ebay sellers were..."contacted".
Where's the REAL story? ebay sellers go to Amazon BECAUSE of ebay. That's where the lost million$ went, and will continue to go.
It's the old "when you point with one finger..." axiom.

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by: eBay Shill Buster This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 21:46:44 2018

We are at the point where we can't keep blaming Devin for the failure any longer, but the Board of Directors of eBay needs to start taking heat for sitting on their hands while this company is destroyed by management in place.  Carl Icahn warned us about the eBay Board of Directors and he was right on.

The eBay Board of Directors has plenty of evidence that Devin's replatforming is a massive flop and this latest episode with eBay Payments and the folly with PayPal should spur the Board into action as far as finding a new CEO who has a software and web programming background.

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by: Grady This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 22:35:45 2018

"Amazon ruined our third quarter, next quarter will be GREAT now that we have a cease and desist. We are on the verge of defeating Amazon"

Remember the Propaganda minister of Iraq who always came on TV claiming the Iraqis had the Infidels backed into a corner and about to surrender? I think I know where he is now.

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 01:01:18 2018

Amazon is just as bad as ebay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Oct 4 07:58:14 2018

Remember when eBay had the big brouhaha with Google in Boston years ago? eBay paid dearly for that.

Show them who is boss Amazon.  As long as Wenig is CEO I honestly don't care what happens to eBay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric

Thu Oct 4 09:53:02 2018

eBay needs to wake up and realize that it is not Amazon that is poaching sellers eBay is quite effectively driving sellers into the arms of Amazon.

the combination of anti seller policies, high fees, broken marketplace search and poor management that is alienating sellers.

Can't blame Amazon for accepting the sellers eBay is intentionally discarding.

This lawsuit has no merit and will likely be thrown out of court.

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 10:09:50 2018

"Will the paintiff step forward?"
"Here, your Honor."
"You say Amazon has poached 'your' sellers?"
"Yes, your Honor."
"Do you own your sellers?"
"No, your Homor."
"Case dismissed."

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by: extremetm This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 10:37:11 2018

No words for how funny this is.

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 11:30:48 2018


now the delusional ceo has another excuse why fleecebay is continuing its downward spiral.

sooner or later maybe the BOD will finally wake up and clean house.

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This user has validated their user name. by: FidoMaster
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Thu Oct 4 11:31:27 2018

Convenient this ''story'' surfaces the first couple days of Q4.

Last time Wenig and Schenkel blamed Fidget Spinners for the shortfall, this time they'll have mean ol' Amazon ''illegally'' (LOL) trying to steal their sellers as their excuse.

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This user has validated their user name. by: CanBrit

Thu Oct 4 11:34:46 2018

Oh wait, Ebay doesn't want me to go to Amazon. Well then let me sell then darn it. Not a single sale since September 30th. What does eBay need us for anyway. Most of the month it's lights off.

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 11:47:37 2018

ebay is like a dysfunctional octupus.

It's tenacles are into everything, but has no clue how or why they got there.

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by: leathermermaid8 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 12:36:10 2018

Sounds a lot like getting beaten up and getting your own arms used to do it with.  Not that Amazon is a good fit for every type of seller.  What's to stop Amazon from putting it out there elsewhere that they're interested in a few thousand or so of eBays sellers?  They're all just noise, right?

The only way to get eBay's attention is to vote with feet and fees (lost) and sadly, most sellers can't.    

Amazon may not be a panacea but it's time to rattle eBay's cage a little.  

 

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by: Mark4 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 14:09:16 2018

Let me clear this up for you ebay since you dim bulbs in the ebay executive suite still don't get it, Amazon is not "stealing" us.  Your abhorrent treatment of your sellers (high fees, returns policy promoting fraud, feedback policy, removal of top rates seller badges for not offering free returns, forcing your sellers into managaed payments, then once there in telling them they can't accept paypal, ship globally, etc. forcing 1000's of ebay businesses under, the constant daily tech problems, losing our pictures over and over again, constant hacks etc.) over the last 4 years is why ebay sellers are moving their inventory to Amazon. Amazon does not have to "steal" us, we are leaving on our own.

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by: eBay Shill Buster This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 14:16:45 2018

Mark4, great post, you get it, all the problems you listing is due to having a delusional lunatic as CEO with folks like Brian Burke and Alan pulling strings behind the scenes for Devin to ruin sellers businesses on eBay in an effort to extort more cash out of them any way they can.

eBay is dead, sales are really slow in spite of their latest TV commercial flop.

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by: thievesBay This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 14:19:24 2018

Just about every outlet is reporting this by now. eBay is clearly sending this out everywhere trying to pit themselves vs Amazon. This is laughable and pathetic.

eBay must be losing more sellers than we even think so they've gotta blame it on anyone else but themselves. eBay has been literally forcing sellers to leave the cesspool they're running because of neverending anti-seller policies, no sales, returns, and buyer fraud. But it's not poor eBay fault. Cry me a river. Wah wah.

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by: eBay Shill Buster This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 14:26:25 2018

thievesBay, Devin is claiming Amazon is ripping him off when Devin has been ripping off Amazon's entire intellectual property creation by copying the Amazon interface, Product Pages, Promoted Listings, catalog data, even creating ePID, all of it is a blatant rip off of Amazon.

Even eBay Payments and Seller Hub is a rip off of Amazon, Devin has been stealing from Amazon for years now.

Have no idea who this fool thinks he is fooling?

If sellers think things are bad now, wait until the company is bankrupted  when Devin forces sellers into Seller Hub and eBay Payments at the same time.

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by: thievesBay This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 4 14:30:35 2018

Meanwhile eBay stock has been dropping even more. It's literally at the same level as 2 YEARS AGO. The overall stock market and eBay's competition are up 40% and higher over the same time period. eBay shows zero growth and zero future. Ecommerce is booming and eBay is stagnant. Wenig and the BOD are incompetent.  

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