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Tech & Science Competition Center criticizes tricks on comparison portals

15:40  29 november  2022
15:40  29 november  2022 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Many consumers rely on them, but comparison portal work, according to competitive supervisors, is not always clean. The German competition center reported on Tuesday that it has found a total of 122 violations of competition law at 64 portals observed since spring.

Eine Frau sitzt vor einem Laptop: Wettbewerbshüter kritisieren manche Vergleichsportale im Netz. © Picture Alliance / Sebastian Gollnow / dpa A woman sits in front of a laptop: Competitive portals criticize some comparison portals on the net.

Most often important information about the creation of rankings and customer reviews would be omitted. In addition, it is often not shown which proportion of the market is covered.

left -wing collections instead of objective comparisons

, this way, providers could buy cheap places in the ranking lists without this being mandatory as advertising. Gold, silver and bronze entries as well as the title “Premium partner” can be booked. "In our view, it is particularly questionable when portals disguise that such providers are listed in Rankings that pay a commission," said lawyer Martin Bolm. On closer inspection, supposedly objective comparisons on financial portals only prove to be left -handed to the providers who had previously paid for it.

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Also to enjoy alleged reviews of other customers with caution, warned the competitor. So there is often no or insufficient information about the origin and review of the published reviews. Five portals even offered vouchers for reviews, which tends to lead to more positive statements. So far,

has sent 33 warnings organized under private law. In 27 cases, the portal operators undertaken to refrain from doing so in the future. In four cases, a lawsuit had been brought. Among other things, portals for the areas of care, finance and tourism were examined.

The competitive center is a self -controlling institution of the economy for fair competition. According to its own statements, the non -profit organization is supported by more than 1100 companies and over 800 chambers and associations of the economy.

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