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"That lawsuit, believe it or not, is still going on."

Where Banks really Make Money On IPOs
All of these numbers are hypothetical, of course, but the bigger point is simple: if Goldman manages to get kickbacks, in terms of extra commissions, of more than 7% of its clients’ profits, then it has a financial incentive to underprice the IPO. And Goldman’s clients were desperate to give it kickbacks: they didn’t just route their standard trading through Goldman, since that wouldn’t generate enough commissions. Instead, they bought and sold stocks on the same day, at the same price. Capstar Holding, for instance, bought 57,000 shares in Seagram Ltd at $50.13 per share on June 21, 1999 — and then sold them, on the same day, at the same price. Capstar made nothing on the trade, but Goldman made a commission of $5,700. Capstar’s Christopher Rule says that in May 1999, fully 70% of all of his trading activity “was done solely for the purpose of generating commissions”, so that he could continue to keep on getting IPO allocations.
Rigging The IPO Game [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 11, 2013 - 18 comments

War Games?

War Games? J.C. Penney, eToys and KB Toys all sell this scary "Military Forward Command Post with Two 12" Military Action Figures", despite the efforts of these shocked consumers who call it an "atrocity". It does sort of look like GI Joes taking over Barbie's bombed-out Dream House... how real is too real?
posted by sparky on Oct 1, 2002 - 38 comments

eToys is back online.

eToys is back online. Wall Street Journal: "Before it shut down, eToys lost hundreds of millions of dollars. But much of that cash had been spent to build a brand that made eToys one of the best-known names in online retailing. KB Toys recognized the value of the brand, and this summer acquired the defunct company's assets for $14 million," and has since relaunched the site as a skin for their own store, but with the look and feel of the original etoys.com.
posted by me3dia on Dec 12, 2001 - 10 comments

Farewell, e-Toys...

Farewell, e-Toys... Your former hijack victims offer you a moment of silence...
posted by EricBrooksDotCom on Mar 8, 2001 - 6 comments

eBay takes a leaf out of eToys' book.

eBay takes a leaf out of eToys' book. Everybody's favourite auction site is threatening legal action against EBay Pty Limited, an Australian company that’s been around for twenty years but only got online recently. eBay has the ebay.com.au domain name, so EBay bought ebayaust.com in late 1999 for their small business selling self-published books.

Now eBay wants EBay to stop using the name both online and offline, the latter of which seems highly dubious given the relative ages of the companies.

In what is becoming an increasingly global marketplace, where do we draw the line between disparate companies with similar names?
posted by Georgina on Feb 27, 2001 - 6 comments

Schadenfreude update: eToys has officially announced it will file Chapter 7 and liquidate in 5-10 days. And, as expected, Disney started Round 2 of layoffs from its cash-hemmoraghing operation, this time gutting ABCNEWS.com and ABC.com. Predictions as to who's next?
posted by aaron on Feb 26, 2001 - 5 comments

eToys announced plans today

eToys announced plans today to fire its remaining 293 employees. However, the company plans to continue exploring alternatives to closure.
posted by crushed on Feb 6, 2001 - 9 comments

Etoy vs. Etoys: Round Two. One last nail in the coffin of the dying dot-com?
posted by jia on Jan 26, 2001 - 4 comments

It appears that things at e-toys are even worse than we thought

It appears that things at e-toys are even worse than we thought WARNING: This link has no redeeming social value, and is not for the easily offended. (no nudity or anything, though)
posted by Optamystic on Jan 17, 2001 - 6 comments

Etoys to lay off 70% of its workforce

Etoys to lay off 70% of its workforce in their never ending quest for profitability. Does it really take 1,000 employees to run an e-commerce site? I hope not, since there will only be 300 left after today. I imagine most of those employees were in the fulfillment end of the business.
posted by mathowie on Jan 4, 2001 - 13 comments

Now this could possibly be Schadenfreude at it's best!! "eToys Expects Lower Than Estimated Fiscal Third Quarter Operating Results" Net sales are expected to be between $120 million and $130 million, rather than the $210 million to $240 million previously estimated. How could they be off their estimate by HALF? Oh yeah, maybe if they hadn't spent so much time (and money) pursuing ETOY? Who's got the last laugh now?.....
posted by 120degrees on Dec 16, 2000 - 13 comments

I thought I'd never get to see the day that this happened, but etoy.com is back online. The War Is Over.
posted by mathowie on Feb 19, 2000 - 1 comment

Finally!

Finally! eToys.com drops the suit against ETOY.com and agrees to pay up to $40,000 of their legal fees. Finally! Now, I wonder what the group of people I built etoys-sucks.com with are going to do with the domain?
posted by mathowie on Jan 25, 2000 - 1 comment

Well, the eToys/ETOY fiasco may be over.

Well, the eToys/ETOY fiasco may be over. Although, I don't like it when their lawyers say they're not pushing the case any longer, and specifically saying they're not dropping the case. As if the threat will always be there or something.
posted by mathowie on Dec 29, 1999 - 0 comments

Network Solutions has pulled etoy.com's domain record

Network Solutions has pulled etoy.com's domain record and email sent to any etoy.com address is bouncing. Since when did a judge in Southern California and a domain registrar in Virginia ever get the idea that they control the internet and can make these decisions that affect the world? In response to this, one of the protestors bought fuck-you.com, which is currently pointing at etoys.com.
posted by mathowie on Dec 15, 1999 - 0 comments

Thanks to the great work of Alan Herrell, a press release about the etoys-sucks.com site is now up at techmall.com.
posted by mathowie on Dec 10, 1999 - 0 comments

A group of folks from the evolt.org mailing list decided to do something to protest etoys's recent actions. One person purchased a domain, another setup web space, a couple people wrote some articles and I designed the site. Keep that boycott going.
posted by mathowie on Dec 9, 1999 - 0 comments

If you've been following the etoy/etoys fiasco,

If you've been following the etoy/etoys fiasco, you should find this link to etoys' customer feedback useful. Let etoys have it. I'm voting with my dollars, by boycotting etoys and buying my toys from Amazon.
posted by mathowie on Dec 4, 1999 - 1 comment

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