This case note analyses the Turkish Competition Board’s (“Board”) recently published Sahibinden.com decision of October 1st, 2018 numbered 18-36/584-285 in which the Board assessed whether Sahibinden Bilgi Teknolojileri Paz. ve Tic. A.Ş. (“Sahibinden.com”) –an online platform which acts as an intermediary for online advertising in terms of various categories such as real estate, automotive, spare parts and accessories and construction machines– violated Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition (“Law No. 4054”) by way of abuse of dominant position through engaging in excessive pricing in terms of its online platform services for (i) real estate and (ii) vehicle categories. Relevant Product Market Definition In its evaluation on the relevant product market definitions, the Board first
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