Congrats to the PriceGrabber team for landing CNET. Seems that PriceGrabber will now be the exclusive provider of shopping comparison engine listings for CNET (including MySimon and ZDnet). Currently, CNET runs its own shopping comparison engine listings program while MySimon syndicates tech listings from CNET and gets the rest of its listings (Home & Garden/Soft Goods) from Shopping.com.
Here’s the email sent from CNET’s Joe Gillespie which details the change. You’ll hear more from me about this after I’ve talked to CNET and PriceGrabber:
We’d like to inform you of a change at CNET.com that is going to impact our relationship. After careful consideration, we have decided to transition the management of our CPC (cost per click) listings programs to our strategic partner, PriceGrabber.com. This partnership will provide you continued access to the powerful CNET.com audience while simplifying the process of managing your marketing programs.
After the transition, only the price listings for current listings partners of PriceGrabber.com will appear on CNET and its affiliates (ZDNet and mySimon). If you are not currently a listings partner with PriceGrabber.com, you will need to setup an account with them in time for the transition. To do this, please contact:
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As a result of this transition, your merchant listings agreement with CNET.com will be terminated as of the date of the transition to PriceGrabber.com, which we anticipate will happen between August 27 and September 1, 2007. We will notify you of the actual date of the transition as we get closer. An invoice for your August activity and a statement will be sent to you on September 6th. The statement will show the current amount due for August and all non-current outstanding amounts due. Contact information for the CNET Billing and Collections team will be provided in case you have questions on your invoice or statement. Please make every effort to pay all outstanding amounts to ensure a smooth transition.
We very much appreciate the support and business you have given CNET.com over the years and we hope you will continue to leverage the CNET audience through PriceGrabber.com. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at http://www.cnet.com/partners.
Executive Vice President, CNET.com