Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Re: eBay's blockade strategy
Author: David Valentine Posted: 10/7/1999; 11:32:16 PM Topic: eBay's blockade strategy Msg #: 11847 (In response to 11840) Prev/Next: 11846 / 11848
Ebay does not want thier site mixed in with meta-auctions. These sites toss up a bunch of ads, and can probably be paid to prioritize the results. Ebay sellers pay for such rankings, if meta-auctions screw this up, sellers don't buy, and e-bay gets less.
Ebay should not mind if individual users do searches. That's what users do. Sherlock is not a crawler, it's a meta-search interface. Any site that has a search button can set up a custom sherlock plug-in. Rather than do a block, ebay will do a custom sherlock shopping plug in. If it does not, then they lose an audience, and that's not what they want.
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