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Best way to bring up the issue of an unethical competitor?

4:17 pm on Jul 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I'm looking for options to post about a company that is using unethical methods to get business - actually sending spam to drive visitors to their main sale channel, their website. As an owner of a website in the subject, I'm, too, involved in the industry. They are a major company in the country's industry, I'm just a small fish. I have good evidence at hands to support my claims.

I'd like to publish their bad faith operation hoping that, if they can be exposed enough, they'd cease their spamming. Going the legal way is no option at the moment - even if successul, it'd take way too long to accomplish and also, the spamming company operates in a country different from mine. The media outlets I contacted with the story ignored my approaches or were not interested.

What way/platform would be the best to pick?

- Set up a domain with a website and posting the information there - with or without commenting option?

- Open a blog on wordpress/blogspot/any other (which?) blogging platform and post?

- Posting on Facebook? On my personal wall? On a Facebook page created for this purpose?

- Posting on the forum of the website of a newspaper/media outlet of the spamming country and thus gaining some initial exposure - provided the thread doesn't get deleted?

- ...?

Things to consider:

- If the issue is posted on third party sites, the disposed company might approach them to take down the content. Should such deletions be expected? Where is it less likely to happen?

- The third party site, if possible, shouldn't be some obscure, never heard of or extremist service - so that the obscureness of the site wouldn't be a retentive factor to visit the site.

- The third party site should have an easy to learn, intuitive service/dashboard for me, as an administrator of the post/thread.

- If a separate website is set up for the issue, the disposed company might approach the hosting provider to shoot it down. If taken down, the site should be moved...

- ...?

So, what options are there on the internets?
6:24 pm on July 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Myself I would just move on and forget it. If you go this route be prepared for what will come.
You said your a small fish. Small fish are easier to destroy than a large fish. Move on find your way and do your best to make it work.
6:59 pm on July 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Report it to your country's regulatory agencies and move on. Trying to hide your hand and make potentially libelous statements to try and ruin your competitor's business can have very serious legal and reputational consequences.
12:06 am on July 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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They are all unethical, so why bother?
11:32 am on July 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for your suggestions. I'm willing to take the plunge, so, the question still remains: which way/platform to use? Looking for practical advice here to the question: which one to choose.

There are several countries affected in this case:
- unethical company does business in country A, they sell services provided in country A to people residing in countries A, B, C, D, E...
- I do business in country B, I sell services provided in country A to people in countries A, B, C, D, E...
- the unethical company has an agent residing in country C and sends spam to my country (B) and to various other folks in the region (countries C, D, E...)

I'm not sure how regulatory agencies would deal with that case spanning through various countries.
12:14 am on July 22, 2014 (gmt 0)


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I'm not fond of spam so if I was the recipient of said spam / UCE wouldn't it be counter-productive for the sender?

If the email contains lies or misrepresentations . . well, that sort of behavior has a way of sorting itself out in the age of networked world, doesn't it?

How do you know that what they are doing is actually working to their advantage? How can you be sure? How can you know how well it's working?

IF it is working then why can't you replicated what they are doing by more legitimate means?

Competition by dubious means sucks . . but it's been my experience that such behavior ALWAYS comes at a cost, one that is paid in so many ways. Count your blessings and enjoy your life. Do what you do. Do it better. DO more of it. Take care of people and, the VAST majority of time, people will respond.