Bidorbuy: Bidding for First Place

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CASE STUDY. In November 2009, bidorbuy was the largest South African online marketplace. Following a failed attempt earlier in the year to purchase bidorbuy, kalahari.net – a subsidiary of Naspers and a highly successful online retailer – indicated that it was going to compete directly with bidorbuy as an online marketplace.

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Bidorbuy: Bidding for First Place: Abstract

Bidorbuy: Bidding for First Place is a case study by Rabelani Dagada and Stephanie Townsend.

In November 2009, bidorbuy was the largest South African online marketplace. Following a failed attempt earlier in the year to purchase bidorbuy, kalahari.net – a subsidiary of Naspers and a highly successful online retailer – indicated that it was going to compete directly with bidorbuy as an online marketplace. Andy Higgins, managing director of bidorbuy, was a firm believer that, if his company could reach a certain level of wide-scale popularity, it would virtually be impossible for a newcomer to compete. Higgins therefore had to find ways for bidorbuy to do this before kalahari.net entered the market.

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This case was written to generate learning about competitive strategy, especially in an online retail environment.

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