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eBay Beats the Street, and Then Some

Posted by: Rob Hof on January 24, 2007

… and even though investors already bid the stock up 5% today before the fourth-quarter earnings report, they’re buying after-hours, too. The stock’s up 8%make that 10%, er, make that 12%—so far, probably because of a better-than-expected outlook from eBay. Of course, as with Yahoo yesterday, opinion could change after the analyst conference call commences soon.

Update: Here are the slides for eBay’s presentation.

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March 2, 2007 11:26 PM

So...I'm just going to use this to expose a problem with Ebay...a glitch in their search system. I am a seller on ebay....and have been noticing that no matter what I do I cannot sell as many as my competitors. I used to do a very good business on ebay. Now I struggle to make a profit every day. Here's the deal. When you do a search on ebay and search using the lowest price search, there is a flaw in the search. Yes, it does provide the lowest price, but if there are 500 products at the same price then how does ebay sort them? In numerical item number. Do you know how item numbers are assigned? They used to be assigned according to the item you were selling...the category, etc. Now, the item numbers are assigned to a seller within a range. I am always assigned item numbers starting with matter what product I sell. A competitor of mine is assigned item numbers starting with 1100... so when I go neck to neck with him and someone wants to search to find the lowest price (among 500 of the same items) they will only see the seller with the low numbers assigned 1100... If you do a search for black acoustic guitar, and search for the lowest price, ONE seller will show up on page one. I am about on page 10 and will never and CAN NEVER be on page one because i will always have item numbers higher than 1100.... I can't understand why ebay would use this as a sorting parameter when the item number has absolutely no relevance to the item. Why does one seller get to be on page one every single day day after day, just because the computer randomly chose to give him a low number. He didn't pay money for a low number. We all pay the same ebay fees. This is not a promotional thing. Just a bad sorting parameter. Completely unfair advantage to one seller for the good, and unfair advantage to every other seller for the worse. If they need another sorting parameter can't they the ending soonest parameter to sort. So there would be 500 guitars at a penny and the ones you'd see on the first page would be all the ones that were ending soonest...and the page would change constantly....not like it is now. Same seller, same items same page every day every day. WILL EBAY EVER LISTEN TO ME AND CHANGE THIS UNFAIR PRACTICE? HELP---ANYONE...and write to ebay about this!



March 29, 2008 03:33 PM

At least they haven't shut you down. I worked for a company that was a power seller with three ebay stores and Ebay unregistered two of our stores earlier this month. They took down almost 30,000 auctions which in turn meant that 42 people had to be laid off!!! After lengthy legal negotiation over the past two weeks, a federal judge ordered Ebay to re-instate the stores and although they have, they are limiting auction totals. So we were thinking any page is better than no page at all!

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