Here's a quicky:
One of our competitors has recently started using our meta description on some of their pages e.g on their blue widgets page (we also sell blue widgets).
Google appears to only want to show either their blue widget page or ours on the first page (if they are on the first page, our page is at least 2 pages further down the SERPs and vice versa). This is, I presume, so that google aren't returning a page full of exactly the same results.
In some instances e.g. if their green widgets page comes up on the first page of the SERPs our site may also be on the first page...but only if its our dark-green widgets page or our small green widgets page...not our green widgets page.
Whilst we seem to win the battle in approximately 45 out 50 different searches it is rather annoying and doesn't seem right that they can hijack our meta tags and have us do worse as a result.
As we have a pretty good relationship with this competitor i plan to bring it up with their MD on monday who will more than likely change this (particually as it's doing them no favours either). I suspect this isn't the case for most people who may be affected by this.
Anyone got any advice/ideas as to why this is happening?