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April 14, 2004


Peter Caputa

I received an email from Steve. He has written about IAC in the past. Here's an interesting excerpt:
And just as shoppers don't come to Wal-Mart primarily to buy brand names, so too travelers who come to Expedia or Hotwire want savings more than they want to fly on a particular airline or stay at a particular hotel. It's the middlemen selling the brands, not primarily the brands selling the middlemen. IAC, like Wal-Mart, has become a very tough bargainer with its suppliers.
He said the BusinessWeek article that I pointed him to adds some more fodder for him to ponder. Stay tuned to Oligopoly Watch for more.

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