- eBay Live is in 3 weeks and it certainly is going to be interesting. I would hope that the press is there in force to get feedback on the "New eBay". I will be there from the 18th to the 20th and I would love to meet any of my readers who will be attending.
- I have no problem with the concept of the "New eBay" just keep Classic eBay as well. John Donahoe, you cannot create a hybrid of the two that will have any success. Instead you will marginalize both. The old saying is true; "you can't have your cake and eat it too."
- eBay should empower sellers not castrate them.
- eBay wants a buyer experience like Zappos, Amazon, Buy.com but they want small businesses with limited resources to provide that experience, while eBay retains their double digit margins. Ain't gonna happen -- eBay is not a retailer and will never be able to provide the same experience as a retailer. Controlling eBay sellers is like herding cats, they call them independent business people for a reason.
- The eBay brand is too difficult for eBay management to overcome. You cannot have a discount marketplace with free shipping, liberal returns, Amazon level of customer service and new in-season product. The numbers do not compute and I know eBay is all about the numbers.
- In Q1 of 2009, what will the new eBay management team do to save eBay. The site won't go away it will just be another site, no longer the king of ecommerce.
- eBay Sellers need to watch the movie "Network" and at eBay Live, during the Keynote speech they need to shout. "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore"
- One More Thing! I posted this on my Twitter account, but I thought it made sense here. Somebody should start eBay Anonymous and develop a 12-Step program for sellers to get off the crack.
Just some random thoughts that were banging around in my head. Hope you all have a great weekend.