eBay reports “awesome” Q1 2012 results

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Last night, eBay Inc. reported its results for the first quarter of the year. By all accounts, these results were quite impressive with all three of eBay’s major business units (Marketplaces, PayPal, GSI) smashing Wall Street expectations and beating targets.

I sat down to write a more detailed report on the news this afternoon, but really there is no point with Scot Wingo walking the planet. He’s written the definitive report on the results from a sellers’ perspective on his eBay Strategies blog. Go and read it there. It has graphs, and charts and everything.

4 Responses

  1. I enjoy reading SW’s analysis, and I am sure this will be put into context with Amazon’s results due April. Extremely interesting points made. I never really see eBay pushing home and garden, but clearly it’s the largest and fasting growing area.

    their strategy of micro sites clearly has worked. I too am looking forward to the new search engine Cassini – sounds like it will reward selling like me that put quality content into their listing, not just the sellers who just focus on title and specifics.

  2. I would be interested in seeing growth comparison of outlets compared to non outlets.

    I would assume the increases are from the outlets and a major part of ebay revenue/growth is from the outlets.

    If this is the case its not good.

    Most sellers i know growth is down over the last 2 years.

  3. One thing of note — Video Games is the lowest category having lost 11%. This is due to the catalog and other actions taken with the category. Actually I predict a further contraction with the new duplicate items listing policy. Two atari 2600 units are NOT identical but would be counted as identical and people will have to list them one at a time instead of say 3 or 5 at a time like I have done in the past. It makes it a lot more complicated for me to list items as I have to (instead of doing a 3 5 and 7 one day, do 3 day auctions back to back. It is easier to list similar items in a row rather than having to list all different items each time.)



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