eBay implicates Amazon of poaching independent sellers for its market

The competition in between third-party sellers markets is getting strong, and now eBay has implicated Amazon of poaching its own independent sellers through its own messaging system, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. eBay sent out a cease and desist letter to Amazon the other day, the report states, after the company discovered more than 50 Amazon sales representatives had sent out more than 1,000 messages to eBay sellers trying to persuade them to bring their company to Amazon Market.

“We can confirm that we have actually revealed an illegal and uncomfortable plan on the part of Amazon to get eBay sellers to move to Amazon’s platform,” eBay informed the WSJ in a statement. “We have actually demanded that Amazon end its unlawful activity and will take the appropriate steps, as required, to secure eBay.” In a declaration offered to The Edge, an Amazon spokesperson said, “We are conducting a comprehensive examination of these claims.”

controversial Uber poaching project versus Lyft from a few years back– to court sellers far from one of its rivals. According to the report, Amazon sales reps used tricks to navigate eBay’s detection approaches, consisting of putting dashes in between each letter of the word “Amazon” and defining e-mail addresses and other contact information so as to prevent signaling eBay to when the sales rep was trying to take a discussion outside its messaging platform.

Update 10/3, 7:09 PM ET: Included statement from Amazon.

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