It's eBay Vs. Craiglist Now

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 3, 2007

Here everybody thought Craigslist was safe from an ever-expanding eBay by virtue of the latter’s 25% stake in the popular classified-ad service. No dice. Today, eBay quietly launched its heretofore international classifieds service Kijiji in 220 cities in the U.S. Given that eBay had said when it bought the Craigslist stake from an outside shareholder that it planned to learn a lot from the bare-bones site, and presumably did, this move doesn’t smell too awfully good. I haven’t talked with either company yet, but clearly Craigslist is getting some potent new competition. As well as Craigslist works, eBay’s no slouch, and I have to think there’s a lot of room to improve the experience of connecting local buyers and sellers. Competition will make it happen.

Reader Comments

bob

July 4, 2007 8:25 AM

As an eBay stock holder I am sorely disappointed in this move almost to the point of selling. These tactics take the shine off of a once great company. I'm pulling for the little guy...Craig!

Paul Woodhouse

July 11, 2007 3:13 PM

Well you've got to admit that if Craigslist had revamped itself to look like Kijiji, we'd give it a thumbs up, no?

jd

September 25, 2007 9:54 AM

Well, if ebay revamped it's site to be half as functional as craigslist, I would not be cutting ties after suffering through 8+ years of ebay "improvements" that were anything but.

Anthony

October 25, 2007 2:43 PM

Kijiji will be just another ebay clone in Craigslist clothing

AUCTIONWAY69

February 18, 2008 5:50 AM

I HAVE SWITCHED TO CRAIGLIST AND DUMPED E-BAY WITH ALL THERE RULES AND POLICY.E-BAY FEE'S ARE GETTING WAY OUT OF RANGE.CRAIGLIST IS THE UP COMING. LOOK-OUT E-BAY THERE IS A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN...........

RainyDayInterns

May 17, 2008 3:17 PM

We had made the following observations after an odd little encounter this past week on Craigslist :-)

http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2008/Home/May/RDMHomeMay08W3.htm#EBayVsCraigslist

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