Monday, May 04, 2009

My Podcast Interview with Auctionbytes

I sat down with Ina Steiner last week and spilled my guts about :) If you have 20 - 30 minutes today to take a listen and then comment, I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Just my 15%


Henrietta said...

A fascinating glimpse into the world of

My crystal ball says that when we survey the rubble of eBay post Donohoe, Buy will be what brought it down.

eBay chose to flush the 'ones what brung them to the dance' down the drain in favor of Diamonds.

Diamonds are businesses who will use eBay in the same fashion and pull the chain without a second thought.

What goes around comes around.

Randy Smythe said...

Hey Henrietta,

I don't think they are looking for many new Diamonds, based on what Donahoe said at the Analyst Day.

They want to concentrate on the secondary market. The secondary market doesn't have Diamonds in it.

nadine said...

Now I'm confused. Who, exactly, is the secondary market? I thought it was sellers like, with a large secondary/refurbished component.

Truly ironic if they admitting after barely a year that trashing the level playing field for the sake of the diamonds is a failed idea! Of course, they get to keep the bad will their earned by the underhanded and ill-thought out approach they used.

One question I have about Buy, maybe you answered it somewhere: If a 3rd party merchant sells on, does his merchandise appear on eBay under the BUY name?

Randy Smythe said...


For the most part Buy sells New in-season product, though our marketplace is open to end of life and secondary market product.

As for your question... no, 3rd party merchant product listed on does not get listed on as Buy, as far as I know.

They keep me away from that part of the biz.

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