Thursday, June 16, 2005

Will Yahoo! Gain Traction with No Fees?

Frank Ross at Home-Based Entrepreneur posted this introspective piece about eBay fees and no fees over at Yahoo! Something to ponder. Will Yahoo! get on the auction map with this strategy?

I don't think so. eBay and it's 3rd party parallel world of applications and services have built up quite a fortress. And as Ross points out, it's all about the customers. eBay's got a whopping built-in buyer base.

Are there parallels we can draw between this situation and the Open Source-Linux/Microsoft situation? Perhaps. No-fee Yahoo!, and listings sites like CraigsList may very well chip away at the eBay fortress over the years. To what extent, we'll have to see.

You're thoughts are welcome. Post below.

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At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever actually shopped at It's worse than eBay by far. I've NEVER had a problem with eBay but EVERY item I've ordered from has been a NIGHTMARE. Order a coffee table and you receive an umbrella. Order china and it arrives broken. Concepts like are great but they certainly won't replace eBay.

At 8:40 AM, Blogger Phil Dunn - said...

I've shopped there once or twice, and haven't had a problem. That may be the root of the dilemma, though. "I've shopped there once or twice" -- as opposed to hundreds of times on eBay. I know Overstock has experienced some management problems, too. I heard that they've getting things in order lately, though.

Thanks for posting your experience..


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