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        Just got the email from them. Jeff Bezo’s only serious contender in the US online market is ceasing operations here a/0 9/15:

        Bloody shame, I used them a lot simply because I didn’t want to use Amazon, for several reasons. Well, if Brooks Bros. can go under, anything’s possible.

        (…and the Pandemic has made Mr. Bezos $30-odd million richer. Chump change for him, I guess.)

        So long Rakuten, we hardly knew ye…

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        Interesting.  I had never heard of Rakuten before, but discover that there is a website.  Perhaps their name was too close to ‘racket’ for it to catch on?  But, then again, Amazon caught on!


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        They’ve been around for years, along with a number of similar portals, marketplaces, whatever.  A while back Rakuten ran TV ads with a purple cash vending machine that threw money at anyone who could pronounce their name correctly.  Yeah, they really did.

        Everyone’s a portal these days and few seem to work correctly, especially their searches, Amazon’s is badly broken, Newegg’s a gordian knot!  Add contrived tech gibberish to links that take you on a never ending journey through the online universe of sites selling ads for ads for ads just to buy a pair of socks, it’s no wonder “I’ll just Amazon it” and “I ebay my tea” are common phrases.  Amazon’s a verb?

        As the Cockroach King quipped when the Amazon exterminator arrived “Plenty more where that came from.”

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          Some years ago, all of a sudden I started getting email ads from I’d never heard of them and the look and content of the ads seemed sketchy. Add the strange name to the mix, and I was sure that my address had been sold to a spammer, or that some online account had been hacked.

          Turned out that Rakuten had purchased the Kobo line of e-book readers, one of which I’d purchased from Borders some time before. But there was never an explanation from Rakuten that this is what happened, no “Welcome Borders customers!” announcement or anything of the sort to inform the people receiving their email circulars. I discovered this by chance a couple of years later, but by then I had long since put Rakuten on my blocked addresses list.


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        Very interesting indeed.  If you remember from when dotcoms started, it was a popular shopping site.  I only found out later, when I went to access the website, that it had ‘morphed’ into, having been purchased by Rakuten (Japan).  I thought “what an odd name” and I never used it after that (though I hadn’t used it very much to begin with).

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