BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : MAY 31, 1999 ISSUE
COVER STORY

The Tale of the Tape


eBAY

CORE BUSINESS: eBay runs the largest person-to-person auction Web site, connecting some 3.8 million buyers and sellers worldwide. It helps people buy and sell collectibles and antiques as well as many other goods normally sold through flea markets, antique stores, and classified advertisements.

NUMBER OF ITEMS FOR SALE: 2 million

GROSS MERCHANDISE SALES (1998): $746 million

REVENUES TO COMPANY: $47.1 million

WHAT'S NEXT: eBay plans to expand into local markets for large items such as cars and furniture while stepping up expansion internationally. It's also mulling fixed-price auctions and dealer storefronts to offer a wider range of products and pricing choices.

MARKET CAPITALIZATION: $25 billion


AMAZON.COM

CORE BUSINESS: Amazon.com's mission is to help people find almost anything they want to buy online. The largest and broadest online consumer retailer, Amazon is also moving to become a leading auctioneer and to act as a marketplace for hundreds of other merchants.

NUMBER OF ITEMS FOR SALE: 16 million

GROSS MERCHANDISE SALES (1998): $610 million

REVENUES TO COMPANY: $610 million

WHAT'S NEXT: Amazon's ambitions appear boundless. Analysts expect it to regularly add new stores in areas such as software, toys, and consumer electronics. Also coming soon: Expansion of its merchant-referral program.

MARKET CAPITALIZATION: $22 billion


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eBay vs. Amazon.com

COVER IMAGE: eBay vs. Amazon

TABLE: The Tale of the Tape

TABLE: Toting up the Titans

CHART: Who Has the Best Sales?

CHART: Who Has the Best Bottom Line?

CHART: Who Has the Best Stock Performance?

Q&A with eBay's Meg Whitman

RESUME: Margaret C. Whitman

PHOTO: Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay

Q&A with Amazon's Jeff Bezos

RESUME: Jeffrey P. Bezos

PHOTO: Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com

ONLINE ORIGINAL: The Duel Extends to Wall Street



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