EBay accuses Amazon of ‘unlawful’ merchant poaching

EBay will be accusing Amazon of “unlawful along with troubling” poaching of merchants on the platform, the company said Wednesday.

Amazon employees have been using eBay’s seller messaging feature to sway merchants over to Amazon, eBay claims. The “scheme” has been going on for several years along with in several countries, that will says. EBay issued a cease-along with-desist letter earlier This particular week.

“We have uncovered an unlawful along with troubling scheme on the part of Amazon to solicit eBay sellers to move to Amazon’s platform,” eBay said in a statement. “We have demanded that will Amazon end its unlawful activity along with we will take the appropriate steps, as needed, to protect eBay.”

An Amazon spokesperson told CNBC in a statement that will the company will be “conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations.”

EBay says that will found hundreds of messages in which Amazon employees sought to skirt the company’s content monitoring — spelling out email addresses, adding extra characters to disguise the word “Amazon, along with suggesting offline contact, for example.

The contact, eBay alleges, violates the California Comprehensive Computer Data Access along with Fraud Act.

The Wall Street Journal first reported eBay’s allegations.

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