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ThomasNet.com is a directory for businesses to advertise themselves. It requires that business owners themselves " agree that you will not use this website or our services or applications for ... commercial solicitations ."

This is contradictory. Is this even legally enforceable?

Source:https://www.thomasnet.com/terms.html

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I see no contradiction. It says that

you agree that you will not use this website or our services or applications for chain letters, junk mail, "spamming" or commercial solicitations or to send any message or Content that

[is clearly bad, as extensively described]

As a customer I can use the site to search for suppliers of bolts and request a quote, and as a bolt-supplier I can make my catalog of bolts available and can respond to requests for quotes. Nobody gets to use the website as a platform for launching commercial solicitations – spam, in one view of what span is. It's a business decision regarding how they will allow their platform to be used, and it is enforceable.

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    +1. Part of OP's confusion may be their misunderstanding of "commercial solicitations", which a quick google defined as "seeking the business of potential customers. The term usually refers to directly asking potential customers to purchase goods or services, rather than using advertisements."
    – sharur
    Commented May 29, 2021 at 20:21

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