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February 22, 1999


By CBR Staff Writer

Web-based software and hardware retailer Inc is paying about $143m in shares to acquire fellow e-tailer Together they have just shy of one million registered customers, with bringing about 200,000 to the party. But more importantly for the longer term, BuyDirect brings what is considered to be superior downloading technology plus key alliances and its engineering staff. Around half of’s sales came in the form of downloads last year, while at BuyDirect that figure was around 80 percent. The acquisition also vindicates CNet Inc’s March 1998 decision to spin out BuyDirect from its other services. is issuing 5.4 million shares to pay for the transaction, which amounts to $143.3m at yesterday’s closing price. closed up $1.1875, or 7.3%, at $26.5625.

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