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How does Rakuten (and Play) rate ethically?
Last Post 09/04/2014 09:13:24 by heatheradmin. 3 Replies.
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bluesshakeout
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22/01/2013 12:05:08
    The Japanese-based Rakuten has taken over Play.com and seems to provide good prices for CD/DVD etc.

    Their subsidiary Play can no longer exploit old the Channel Islands VAT loophole.

    Do any members have a view as to how Rakuten rates ethically?

    Firtsly: do they pay taxes fairly on UK-derived income?

    Secondly:I can foresee that in time this will become more complicated as they are changing their business model to operate more as a marketplace for other, smaller, independent online traders. They earn their money by taking fees from the trader. I am not sure what the truly ethical treatment of that revenue would be. Any ideas?
    heatheradmin
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    10/04/2013 14:15:00
    Hi Bluesshakeout,

    I can tell Rakuten received a worst rating for tax avoidance from Ethical Consumer.

    Overall within the book retailers report received an ethiscore of 9.

    Our report into e-book retailers will be released in the next few weeks.

    Kind regards,

    Heather
    baliwag
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    21/03/2014 12:58:19
    See http://www.wildlifeextra.com/do/ecc...&live=0#cr

    Rakuten are the world’s biggest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products. I cancelled my Play.com account after the take-over.
    heatheradmin
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    09/04/2014 09:13:24
    Hi Baliwag,

    Apparently they have agreed to end whale meet sales.

    This was in the Guardian 4th April 2014

    http://www.theguardian.com/environm...meat-sales

    However they are still selling elephant ivory.

    Kind regards,

    Heather
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