Thursday, September 15, 2005

eBay Sellers (and shoppers) May Balk at the Skype Option

Some of my observations on the Skype-eBay deal…

The Skype deal is going to end up costing eBay $4 billion. Wouldn’t it have been easier to just build the software themselves? They could feed a lot of programmers for $4B -- and marketers, advertisers, etc..

Also, part of the allure of eBay and other ecommerce sites is that you can shop in peace and gather information at your own pace. Skyping someone about the product might not be that attractive.

Think about eBay sellers, too. I’ll bet more than 1/2 the eBay sellers out there got into ebay because they didn't want to deal with public/retail situations.


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