So You Think You’re Buying from Sears

You might not be.

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I was poking around in Google Shopping results the other day and found that there are some merchants who have partnered with major brands that are essentially “piggy backing” off their name through the Google Shopping Feed.

At first, I thought NewEgg was being just really clever/sneaky by changing their store name in Merchant Center to “New Egg – The Unbeatable Sale.” But what I discovered is that Unbeatable Sale is actually a merchant of NewEgg’s that sells through the NewEgg site (and as a result is covered under a number of their policies).

At the same time, Unbeatable Sale gets to use the NewEgg brand name as their store name in Google Shopping results:

Screencap showing Newegg connected to Unbeatable Sale

So I started digging more. Turns out Unbeatable Sale is a lot of places:

Screen cap of Sears and Unbeatable Sale

So who else is doing this?

Well, Sears and Walmart:

Screen cap of Sears and Walmart sharing branding with other companies.

And in this case, they get double listings – as they are technically two different “stores” on Google Shopping.

I rooted around a bit more on Sears side, particularly in the merchant service as it kept cropping up in the places I was looking. I found that it’s not hard to get into:

Screen cap of "Join the Family"
Screencap of costs to join family
Screencap of Google Shopping blurb on Pricefalls

Heck, Pricefalls does the Google Shopping feed for you.

Same products?

One thing I looked at was whether or not and the store were selling the same items or not. The answer to that is no (or at least not for the few products I tested) – there are different products being offered.

Screen cap of Sears' Pricefalls store

I’m still not crazy about the overall concept though. The big name retailers get to take up multiple results with partnering merchants, but technically – not really. I don’t consider it to be the same as eBay or Etsy, which are straight up marketplaces. I consider Sears to be Sears, so it seems weird and unbalanced to me.

Maybe you already knew about the duplications, but lately I’ve been noticing how much more they’re appearing in the results. Everyone else out there cool with this? Or no?

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