Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Alibaba and the eBay Thieves

From washingtonpost.com:

"Two rivals of eBay came to Las Vegas to do guerilla marketing during eBay's user convention, but only one got real up close and personal with eBay.

That was Alibaba.com Corp., the parent of eBay's main auction rival in China, Taobao.
Alibaba set up shop inside a restaurant at the Mandalay Bay resort, where the eBay convention was held, and offered free lunch to eBay sellers who stopped by to learn about Alibaba's products.

Several eBay employees entered the restaurant and tried to persuade the manager to kick out the Alibaba team, offering to pay the restaurant more than Alibaba, according to Alibaba employees and a bystander who witnessed the conversation.
While the restaurant did not take eBay up on the offer, the hotel insisted that Alibaba take down its signs beside the restaurant entrance inviting eBay sellers to come inside, said Alibaba Vice President Porter Erisman."


At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a riot--eBay tried to kick its Chinese rival out of a restaurant. Sheesh. You'd think they had bigger flie to swat--Google, for instance!

At 4:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but how low is it to go to THEIR convention and try and undermine them. Some could say "great idea", although it does happen at trade shows, in some form or fashion, all the time. It's shi*$y for sure. I'd be livid at the hotel for letting that happen. If you're spending millions on setting up an event like that, you'd think they'd ensure the competition couldn't act as a parasite on the premise.

At 1:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I don't understand is why people fail to mention that most of the sellers on Alibaba,com are thieves they take peoples money and never send you the product you ordered. I just don't get why none of this is being brought to the for front


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