The Times takes a look at online auctions and alternatives to eBay.
Forbes considers what JD will need to do to restore eBay to its past glories. (IMHO: stop looking back to 1998 and start looking forward to 2018 would be the place to start.)
Gary E. Sattler writes yet another sneery piece about eBay. Considering he’s previously said he neither buys nor sells on the site, I don’t know why he’s so bothered.
Predictably, though, most of the eBay coverage everywhere this week has been about The Strike. Here are just a few of dozens of pieces I’ve read:
Michael Fowlkes says the seller strike plays into the hands of eBay’s smaller competitors.
David A. Utter says the seller strike is having minimal effect, and hints that smaller sellers off eBay could be just what the company wants.
The BBC has a piece written by someone who says “although I have an account on eBay my reputation as a seller or buyer doesn’t really matter that much to me.” Er, right then.
The Guardian has a couple of interesting quotes from sellers.
“The fact that Tamebay has shifted more than 10,000 items on eBay shows that it works, ”
bleeding journalists 😈
Yeah North – it’s not exactly TameBay that have shifted 10,000 items and if you count TameBay as Sue and my sales combined it should be more like getting on for 100,000 items 😛
and I hadn’t realised Biddy had moved back to the UK – is she camping out in your warehouse for the mo, Mountie?
I haven’t moved back to the UK.
I know that really… I just think it would be nice if journo’s checked their info before printing it….
I could spend HOURS looking for the speciialist eBay Antiques auction site mentioned in the Times, if I didn’t know it didn’t exist…. 🙄
or then again…. maybe I live in a different world?
the times guy is talking thru his hat and filling space
there are a few dozen auction rooms you can bid live on via the net
and every single one that I have ever been to (more than I have fingers and toes…) has always accepted phone bids too..
as they say believe nothing you hear ,and only half of what you see, and double nothing you read in a newspaper
But you can believe everything that you hear on here of course!! 😈
The Forbes piece is v absorbing: worth ten minutes of any serious eBay seller’s time imho.
The BBC piece is a bit pony.
The Guardian piece… well, I just don’t know why people feel it necessary to use such language. ;o)
ebay, journalists etc cant see the wood for the trees,
their looking for some complicated economic and eureka esque answer,
while the answer is simple
ebay itself is now too complicated,
too many categories ,too many listing enhancments, too many feedback systems , too many rules regulations and procedures
What I want to know is – When will Google enter the Online Auctions market? It’s been rumoured for ages, yet no confirmation if it is an aim of theirs or when.
Google are probably the only current online company with the resources and reputation to break the ebay monopoly on online auctions and start some serious competition.
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