Lixtor

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Lixtor, Ltd.
Privately held company
Industry Internet-auction
Founded 2005
Headquarters Birkenhead, Auckland, NZ
Revenue Not Available (2008)
Number of employees
less than 10
Website http://www.lixtor.co.nz/

Lixtor is an Internet-auction website operating in New Zealand since 2005, as a free alternative to currently dominant "paid" online-trading website in New Zealand, TradeMe.[1]

Lixtor's business model is substantially different from its rival site TradeMe as it tries to operate its business on advertising revenue rather than charging users on listing fees and success fee.[2]

Controversy[edit]

On 6 November 2008 the National Business Review reported on an article[1] that Lixtor has been legally-threatened by TradeMe over "copyright infringement" on their "Privacy Policy" and "Terms and Conditions". However, Lixtor stated that it was carried out by TradeMe to "intimidate" Lixtor because TradeMe was threatened by Lixtor's "no fee" business model.[1]

Following this dispute with TradeMe, Lixtor listed their auction site for sale on TradeMe on 17 November 2008, with the starting bid $100,000,000.[3][4] The listing was listed with the option to support Plunket by rounding up the success fee.[3] However the auction was disabled by the TradeMe administrators hours after the auction.[4][5]

Nonetheless, Lixtor re-listed the auction minutes after their listing was disabled by TradeMe moderators,[4] but this second listing was also removed hours later.[6] No more listings were reported after this,[4] possibly due to TradeMe's policy to suspend the "suspicious" members.[7]

On 20 November 2008, a community newspaper The Aucklander also reported that TradeMe's lawyers asked Lixtor to remove their "Terms and Conditions"[8]

On 3 February 2009, in the wake of the emerging New Zealand copyright law Section 92a, New Zealand Creative Freedom Foundation published an article.[9] It was stated that Lixtor vs. TradeMe case is a good example of how the new section 92a in the New Zealand copyright law could be "misused", if passed.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kloeten, Niko (6 November 2008). "TradeMe trying to 'intimidate', says auction rival". National Business Review. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Lixtor.co.nz - About Lixtor
  3. ^ a b TradeMe - Lixtor.co.nz FOR SALE starting bid $100,000,000 (Google Cache)
  4. ^ a b c d Scoop - Lixtor is FOR SALE for $100,000,000 on TradeMe
  5. ^ TradeMe - Lixtor.co.nz FOR SALE starting bid $100,000,000 (#1)
  6. ^ TradeMe - Lixtor.co.nz FOR SALE starting bid $100,000,000 (#2)
  7. ^ Mauricio Freitas - Trade Me closing accounts?
  8. ^ The Aucklander - Newbie takes on TradeMe
  9. ^ "Guilt Upon Accusation: New Zealand Businesses". Creative Freedom NZ. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. 

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