From: Dennis S. Wish [mailto:dennis.wish(--nospam--at)gte.net]
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2000 1:00 PM
Subject: RE: ENR Article - This is a good one for the Marketing Thread.
1. Exclusive control by one group of the means of producing or selling
commodity or service.
2. Law. A right granted by a government giving exclusive control over a
specified commercial activity to a single party.
3. a. A company or group having exclusive control over a commercial
activity. b. A commodity or service so controlled.
The above can be applied to the proposition you made, because it could be
considered the prelude to predatory pricing practices ("Peter Piper Picked A
Peck Of Pickled Peppers..."), which allows you to "muscle" everyone else out
of the market for these services, so you can pick it ALL up at the end, and
name your own price.
Do you remember what MS was accused of doing vis a vis Netscape?
That's right: GIVING AWAY THE INTERNET EXPLORER BROWSER FOR FREE!!!
This was seen to have "destroyed" Netscape's ability to compete in the
marketplace; in order to keep their market share they, too, had to give
Navigator away for free.
I'm just saying that, if you noised about that you were going to form a
"combine" to provide "free services" to one another, someone out there could
say, "HEY! WAIT A MINUTE! YOU START DOING THIS STUFF FOR FREE, HOW'M I GOING
TO CHARGE MY CLIENTS FOR IT!"
Just a contrarian view of events. Unintended consequences are always the