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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2079 - July 14, 2009 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 3

eBay Cancels 'eBay Live' Annual User Conference

By Ina Steiner
July 14, 2009

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Lorrie Norrington, President of eBay Marketplaces, told users on Monday she was canceling the annual user conference known as eBay Live in favor of local events held around the country. Last year, she had canceled this year's event, which was to have taken place in Atlanta last month. At the time, she said eBay would next host eBay Live in Orlando in 2010, but yesterday, she canceled that event as well.

eBay: On Location is a new program that will replace eBay Live and will debut in Orlando in February. Norrington wrote in her post, "Many sellers and buyers have told us that although eBay Live! is a terrific way to learn and network, they would enjoy more local events that don't require costly travel. eBay: On Location will provide just that - an easier way for you to come together, learn about eBay from experts and each other, network and, of course, celebrate. Our goal is to provide eBay: On Location within a day's drive for as many sellers and buyers as possible. eBay: On Location will deliver a compelling experience that will be easier on your wallet and require less valuable time away from your eBay business."

eBay will conclude its eBay: On Location program in August 2010 with a 15th anniversary family-friendly event in San Jose, home to eBay headquarters. Other dates and cities were not revealed.

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