Meg had the enviable position of talking to investors shortly after releasing better than expected financial results. Apart from allowing that overall margin is down slightly and that Skype has room to grow and deliver more for eBay’s bottom line the fourth quarter was cracker.
The worries that Google Checkout might impact the PayPal business were unfounded. In fact it’s possible that the hype about Checkout went some way to increasing PayPals business as reality of PayPal’s superior flexibility for both consumers and merchants bore fruit.
Finally something to look forward to – with the move of Philipp Justus from Germany and arrival to eBay of Michael Linton from bestbuy, Meg promises some innovative ideas will be coming to revitalise the auction format on eBay. It’s true – we do love the fun side of business!
All in all as predicted much more upbeat than the third quarter’s conference call, a strong performance with good results is always sweeter to swallow.