The end of ebay
I have to admit I used to love ebay as a buyer and seller but my love for ebay is not as strong as it once was. Ebay used to be a great platform for small retailers and private sellers to do bussines on the global stage. It was revolutionary. The little guys could for the first time ever sell their products worldwide and consumers loved the diversity of products that was, until ebay, not accessable.
Unfortunatly ebay is outgrowing itself, It getting too big for the "little sellers" boots.
Ebay, it seems, are doing their upmost to alienate its most faithful partners, the small retailers and private sellers that made Ebay what it is today.
In a climate were the small retailer could realy do with a helping hand it is painfully ironic that a year or so ago eBay teamed up with the giant Web retailer Buy.com.
Ebay is allowing the company to sell millions of books, DVDs, electronics and other items on eBay without paying full eBay fees.
The deal with Buy.com has added over five million fixed-price listings to eBay.com since the beginning of the year — for items from Xbox 360 video game consoles to Weber grills.
Not content with pitting the private seller and small retailers against market leading retail giants Ebay have now paid $200 Million to aquire retail giants brands4friends.As a result of this aquasition Ebay is actualy going into competition with its own customers.
Doug McCallum, Senior Vice President for eBay in Europe actualy admitted that "We expect many eBay customers will enjoy great deals on international fashion brands by joining the brands4friends community."