I have to confess my holiday romance. I know next week I’ll be back home with the France I love, but right now, this thing me and Chicago have going just feels special. I love the way the lions outside her art museum glow green in the night. I love the way that when she rains, the raindrops are warm. I love her tall, tall buildings that go all the way to the sky.
And actually, I’ve fallen in love with eBay again too. For many sellers, the relationship with eBay is the so-over one that you can’t quite bring yourself to end. As one seller put it, “I feel like an abused wife. I know I should leave but I have nowhere else to go.”
It’s time to face reality. We’re not 14 anymore and eBay isn’t Donny Osmond/Simon le
Bon/someone from McFly (pick your own decade). We don’t plaster our walls with posters torn out of Jackie magazine, and sellers at this year’s Live are not groupies; they’re not covering themselves with ribbons and pins, and they don’t appear to be even slightly interested in the execrable sticker book. This is suddenly a relationship with some perspective to it; eBay’s not the hottie we once raved about, it’s done bad things and hurt us in the past, but it is – or can be – now a business partner we can work with. I feel as though this week we quietly turned a corner. Let’s make this thing work.