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eBay’s $35 Million Mess
Time, by Harry McCracken

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/6/2013 5:59:41 AM

Jim Edwards of The Business Insider has a long, fascinating piece on eBay’s top two affiliates — one earned $28 million in commissions for sending customers to the auction site, the other $7 million — and how eBay eventually concluded that they were defrauding the company: Affiliate marketers place ads or links for eBay on their own networks, or on other people’s sites, and they collect a cut of any sale the online auction company generates from them. eBay has about 26,000 of them, or more, at any one time, feeding traffic to its auctions.

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The longer Business Insider piece (linked) is one day too old to post here, but it´s worth reading.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mickturn, 5/6/2013 9:26:06 AM     (No. 9312654)

Ebay...Pay UP!



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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/2/2013 5:59:26 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/2/2013 5:55:19 AM     Post Reply
Consider me fully in the Andrew McCarthy camp on the legality and potential effectiveness of a properly structured and run NSA metadata program, but the NSA program — as with all intelligence-gathering efforts — ultimately depends on an administration and government elite that is actually willing to let the men and women on the ground pull the triggers they’ve been trained to pull. Consider these three vignettes: First, from former attorney general Michael Mukasey, writing in the aftermath of the Boston bombing: Tamerlan Tsarnaev is the fifth person since 9/11 who has participated in terror attacks after questioning by the FBI.

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