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US probes B2B markets

As more B2B marketplaces, like Tejari.com and Commerce One’s MarketSites, spring up, US government regulators are becoming concerned.

As more B2B marketplaces, like Tejari.com and Commerce One’s MarketSites, spring up, US government regulators are becoming concerned.

During a two day public hearing last month, The Federal Trade Commission looked into the potential for anti-competitive activities by marketplace operators.

The FTC sought information on the benefits of online markets, how prices are determined, ownership structures, confidentiality of information, coercion and exclusion.

“They’re clearly concerned about whether this new phenomenon of online marketplaces will give new players a choke point on commerce,” says Tim Clark, analyst at Jupiter Communications.

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