Tuesday, June 03, 2008

EBAY in trouble?

A news story on the diminishing attractiveness of EBAY's auctions. Almost certainly, the rise of Craigslist has had something to do with it. Craigslist is fast and local. And Amazon has a number of seller affiliates that often have what you need. EBAY is now mostly for people needing a specific item (e.g. printer cartridge).

We read that EBAY is moving more to fixed-price shopping. It'll be interesting to see how that fares. EBAY was attractive because often a buyer went there looking for an underbidded item that could be had for cheap. If EBAY is turning into some sort of national sales fair, it could be susceptible to competition. By another sales hub, or search-and-buy applications.


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