Re-Outing Bad Photo Store... A Good Sign Or A Bad Sign?

from the questions-questions dept

Jeremiah writes "Thomas Hawk has a post up today discussing the return and re-listing of infamous photography retailer PriceRite Photo. It seems they are back in business as "Barclay's Photo" on both Yahoo! and PriceGrabber under the new moniker. So here's my question: Is this a failure of "the system" to keep bad actors out, or is it a success in the sense this company has been outed (again) by the web community? " If you remember, this was the company we discussed late last year, where we worried that the vigilante justice of the Digg death penalty might go too far. It's good to see the community outing bad actors -- but the risk of people going overboard mistakenly is something that people need to be aware of. In fact, the Thomas Hawk article doesn't provide much proof that this is really the same company at all. Update: In the comments, Thomas Hawk counters my point about the lack of proof, noting that it has been covered (in detail) previously. Also in the comments someone from CNET's shopping offering (which hasn't relisted the company) talks about how difficult it is to keep these guys out.
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    Dan Miller, 13 Mar 2006 @ 1:17pm

    The reality is that it is next to impossible to always prevent a merchant from returning under a different name. They are more clever than most could ever imagine and they have honed these skills over the years.

    That said, every shopping price comparison engine should know by now how to deal with these issues.

    Which is why CNET still maintains, what I consider, to be the most vetted list of reliable merchants around.

    --Dan (yes, I work at CNET, and yes, I manage our merchant program)

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