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Old August 25th, 2010, 09:59 AM
maxima maxima is offline
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Can someone please explain to me why these "auctions" are still allowed on cruises?

The consensus here (and elsewhere) is that both the "art" offered and the sales practices employed are at best suspect and at worst, fraudulent. No doubt Park West et al pay the cruise lines money to occupy the space and conduct the "auctions" onboard, but at what point do the lines realize that their reputations suffer from the association?

It's not like PW is selling crack cocaine, knock-off Vuitton handbags, or pornography, but some businesses are more reputable than others and - in light of the on-going controversy surrounding Park West - it surprises me that companies which rely so heavily on reputation (I mean, cruise lines literally have your life in their hands at sea) don't understand how it undermines customers' perceptions of their's as a quality product.
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