scottsonline - 4:17 pm on Dec 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
And amazon will take over those spots even though it's blatant dulicate content. If google referenced the "sold by" they will find the same text for the same products on the sellers site. Is it collusion? No, but it's scary.
Real numbers. Large 57 yr old supplier in our industry with 3200 core resellers. Average daily sales of about 600k of which they guess 60% is touched by online. Someone searches our site, calls up their local guy an orders or just orders online direct but we are all a collective resource. Last cyber Monday they did 2.2m .
They did about 450k on Monday, the worst since 2001. This is where the zero sum fallacy falls flat. I could list 1k of their products where on 10/1 there would be 200 reseller listed where now there are none. Replaced by unrelated garbage on amazon, buy, infomercial pages and expired domains.
It's not a zero sum when they replace 200 product pages from 200 sellers with the wrong product from amazon because they don't like exact matches in 2010.
It IS hurting the economy. This conversation has been repeated three times now, everyone is wondering what happened.