turbocharged - 11:43 am on Jun 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
I have a couple of competitors who have been rising strongly over the last couple of years with 95% duplicate/similar/spun content
I'm seeing/dealing with this as well. The real kicker is that content is the one variable that Google should be looking at closely and giving the most weight to, but instead they assign the most weight to domain authority. This is why so many scrapers are ranking stolen content at this moment. If Google were a little more aware and respectful of an author's work, maybe word for word full page rips would not be outranking the person's/company's site that originally authored it.