besnette - 7:10 pm on Jul 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
Diberry, well put.
I always come back to: If I were trying to get bids for a product or service, and submitted bids with what I thought were 3 different companies, only to find out after the fact that it was the same company (not having made it obvious or clear on their multiple websites), I would be miffed. I would have to think that any reasonable person out there would feel deceived too, and what is ultimately not good for the user is not good for the system as a whole, and should be considered a short-sighted strategy.
One other variable that seems to be becoming more popular, at least in my industry - is companies (and individuals) buying and using more ".org" domains, which, by the extension, immediately implies trust to a lot of users - even though the site is definitely not a 'not-for-profit' as was the original intent of the extension - instead, they are completely 100% commercial. Anyone else notice this?
Agree with Diberry again - if it is different info, different products, all quality...that's a different story. Sort of like Wal Mart and Sams Club - same company, entirely different stuff. That I can understand completely.