7) Web retailers sell out
Hackers once spooked shoppers away from Web retail. Maybe, consumers should have feared online merchants more.
Orbitz, Continental Airlines, Ticketmaster, Pizza Hut, Movietickets.com, eHarmony, Hertz, and Live Nation were among 80 companies paid to help
After making secret pacts with marketers, such as Webloyalty, Affinion, and Vertrue, the e-tailers presented buyers with what appeared to be an
A former employee of Webloyalty said such charges were known in the industry as a "stupid tax." If you fell for it, you were stupid.
The Senate Commerce committee held hearings and shamed the retailers into halting the practice. Andrew Cuomo, New York state attorney general, in recent weeks succeeded in getting two of the marketers and a handful of retailers to pay refunds and fines.
(Pictured: far left, Rich Fernandes, Webloyalty CEO and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) during hearings on marketing tactics.)
November 8, 2010 5:05 AM PST
Photo by: NBC's Today Show/U.S. Senate
| Caption by: Greg Sandoval
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