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EBay Accuses Amazon of Poaching Sellers on Its Marketplace

  • Internal probe uncovers web of recruiting across continents
  • Online marketplace sent bigger rival cease-and-desist letter
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EBay Inc. accused rival Inc. of poaching sellers on its site around the world by infiltrating the company’s internal message system.

About 10 days ago, an EBay seller alerted the company to the alleged campaign after the person was contacted by an Amazon employee, under false pretenses, attempting to recruit the person to switch platforms, according to a person familiar with the investigation. This sparked an internal EBay probe that uncovered recruiting activity spanning several years and continents, with Amazon employees creating accounts with EBay and using the member-to-member email system, the person said, asking not to be named discussing details that aren’t public.