TheGoodDeal: Scraping a bad deal

28 Dec 2016

A court in India has permanently blocked TheGoodDeal.in, an aggregation website, from copying listings that appeared on OLX.in. But the ruling is moot, because Padawan Group, parent company of TheGoodDeal, advised OLX that it closed the site.

The ruling, reported by the Press Trust of India, also prohibits TheGoodDeal from using the OLX logo. The most recent ruling affirmed a similar ruling in April.

Based in London, Padawan has been in financial difficulty since at least October, and was the subject of a meeting of creditors on Oct. 12. Most of the Padawan sites we checked in October showed zero listings, and the Padawan Group corporate site URL leads to a parked domain.

Share

Radhika Sachdev

Radhika Sachdev is a journalist who has held senior editorial positions with major Indian newspaper banners. She has over 20 years of experience in the profession, covering Advertising, Marketing, Media, Education, HR, Real Estate and Environment beats. She is also a partner and chief content developer for Write Solutions, a boutique content house she founded eight years ago, signifying her diversification from journalism to copywriting and media consultancy.