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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: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 14:42:41 2018

Poor, Poor Ebay.  Wenig does all he can to get rid of Sellers calling us nothing but noise and that we are a dime a dozen and easily replaced.  So why is Ebay worried if their competition wants some of their Sellers?  

Maybe he is waking up and realizing that without our products being listed on his sorry excuse for a platform, that his precious buyers won't be here long either.  Could it be that the 3rd Quarter numbers are going to be so horrible that he can't even afford to lose any sellers?  I thought he wanted Ebay to be Chinese since they are Ebays future according to his statements.

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

Wed Oct 3 14:44:06 2018

If eBay wants to blame someone for their sellers leaving for Amazon all they have to do is look at Devin Wenig, thank to Devin we moved inventory over to Amazon.

This is the only good thing Devin has done for us as sellers since he got the marketplace job.

The new guy Cutler seems just as bad as Devin, the marketplace has been highly dysfunctional since he took over last January, he can't even run promotions properly to keep sellers listing new items on eBay.

So these dual dummies can't blame Amazon for their downfall, they need to blame themselves and their own greed.

Who raised the listing fees to .35 cents, Jeff Bezos?

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 14:59:33 2018

Oh poor babies .... Someone over at eBay is complaining about THEFT?????

Oh my!

Calling all policemen!
Calling all fireman!!

Wait no- call the FBI (with Ephram Zimbalist Jr)!

Call Walter Cronkeit!

Call Nancy Pelosi!  Call the DNC - its the RUSSIANS I tell you!

YAWN ..... not much of a story - and if it costs eBay some coin - so much the better.

Turn about is fair play - you steal from us, someone BIGGER steals from you.

"see how you like cherries" (3 stooges reference)

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

Wed Oct 3 15:07:31 2018

Ina or David, your 'read more link' is going to CNBC

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This user has validated their user name. by: David Steiner

Wed Oct 3 15:22:20 2018

Thanks ESB, fixed.

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

Wed Oct 3 15:33:56 2018

Amazon does not need to tell eBay sellers to look for a new venue to produce sales, eBay sellers can hardly buy enough food to eat dinner with on a daily basis from the sales on eBay now days.

Devin only has himself to blame for sellers closing down shop on eBay, sellers are not even able to pay store fees in many cases and close by default.

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by: thievesBay This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 15:37:08 2018

If anyone deserves to be poached of sellers it's eBay. Sellers got messages? So what? Is it not the seller's decision where to sell? Just because they received a message doesn't mean anything. Anyone can suggest to anyone where they should sell. This is just eBay looking for someone else to blame (other than their own sellers of course) for the seller and buyer exodus that's occuring. At this point eBay is just trying to plug holes in their sinking Titanic.

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

Wed Oct 3 15:40:44 2018

thievesBay, it might help if eBay could actually serve a web page half the time to users, hell they can hardly log in due to their new log in interface which is an abomination.

Buyers will just leave when these things happen, they are not going to fumble around on eBay.

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by: dander This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 15:44:14 2018

the comments are always awesome.

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by: thievesBay This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 15:44:41 2018

Also with earnings coming up, this is another tactic by eBay to get the name out there again. Propaganda. Trying to make people think "poor eBay", "eBay is good", "Amazon is bad". Companies compete against each other by name in advertising all the time. eBay still thinks they're Amazon's competition. They're not.  

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

Wed Oct 3 15:46:55 2018

They have no earnings, it is all smoke and mirrors whipped up by the Wall Street Whisperer CFO, without the 10% tax on shipping eBay would show ZERO growth for the last 6 years.

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Wed Oct 3 15:48:13 2018

Saw this coming....Hee Hee Hee Hee  :o)

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by: sasikat9 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 16:38:33 2018

Anytime Amazon wants to poach my listings all they have to do is message me. I'm more than willing.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 3 17:29:52 2018

Seller's aren't leaving (with their buyers) because Amazon is 'better'.  They aren't, in too many ways to itemize here.

They're leaving (with their buyers) because eBay is worse.  It's become untenable.  Out of control.  Schizophrenic in it's ceaseless and unannounced 'experimentation'.  Cost prohibitive in it's practices.  Dishonest to it's core. Arrogant in it's approach.  Invisible in it's support for it's own meal ticket.

That's a big difference.  

And it's not necessarilly Amazon to which they settle.    

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

Wed Oct 3 17:30:06 2018

Amazon did not have to poach me or millions of other sellers to move away from eBay, Devin's replatforming did the job long before they hired the Indian crew to spam eBay message system.

Devin, if sellers want Amazon style selling with an Amazon type seller interface (Seller Hub is a clone of Amazon Seller Central) we can go to Amazon, we don't want your 'New Coke", so that is what we did.

If we want Product Pages and generic catalog and stock photos we go sell on Amazon, that is what we did.

We have no use for eBay once you convert eBay into Amazon Lite.

Devin, it is time to resign, you are going to be fired shortly anyway, get out before your career is completely shattered like you have shattered the eBay marketplace.

Take the blame and move on dude, you are done.

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

Wed Oct 3 17:36:56 2018

Snapped, you forgot to add that sellers are taking their 'buying' with them when they leave, and that may be more important than anything to eBay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Wed Oct 3 17:54:16 2018

Seems like poor Dummy Weiner has confused "things I do to others but don't like done to me" with "illegal."  Amazon can pound sand though.  They're even bigger thieves than eBay.

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

Wed Oct 3 18:08:52 2018

If the 3 Stooges of eBay really wanted sellers on the platform they would do away with listing fees and their idiotic store subscription program, then sellers would be listing new product 24/7/365.

eBay does not want sellers, they want to rip sellers off for as much cash as they can so they can get their 'take rate' up higher.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Oct 3 18:32:54 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.

There is plenty of problems on both of these sites to keep us all busy talking about them for years to come.

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

Wed Oct 3 18:43:49 2018

eBay does not want Amazon taking their sellers from them until they steal every last penny from each one Marie.

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