NEWS FROM EBAY LIVE! 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
eBay Wraps Up Conference with
10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Meg and Pierre celebrated eBay's 10-year anniversary Saturday evening at the Santa Clara
Convention Center. After ceremoniously cutting a large sheet cake, they hugged to
celebrate what has been a successful partnership.
Payments for Video Content?
John Battelle posted on his blog he has confirmed Google will launch an in-browser
video playback feature that will be integrated with Google Payments.
John Entwistle Foundation
Runs Charity Auctions on Overstock Auctions
The John Entwistle Foundation and Overstock Auctions are joining forces on a
major fundraising auction to help support music education for underprivileged children.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Fees, Safety, and
Support Key Issues at Saturday eBay Town Hall Meeting
Approximately 1000 eBay community members attended Saturdays town hall
meeting with Bill Cobb (eBay North America president) and members of his team.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
eBay Founder Reminisces at Fireside
Pierre Omidyar sat down for a fireside chat to reminisce about his experience
in founding eBay. He was joined by Jeff Skoll, eBay's first President, and Jim
"Griff" Griffith, eBay's ambassador, who moderated the session. The chat was
part of the eBay Live convention taking place in San Jose this week.
Thriller: eBay sends 18,000
to Great America Amusement Park
I never thought I'd be sitting next to Marie Senese (eBay ID:
JayandMarie), both of us screaming as the wooden roller coaster hurtled us around corner
after corner. We were on the Grizzly at Paramount's Great America Amusement Park for the
eBay and PayPal Community BBQ, where attendance Friday night would reach 18,000 eBayers
including eBay employees and families.
PESA Auctions eBay
Celebrities for NetSmartz
Friday evening at the Paramount Great America Amusement Park. The
Paramount Pavilion (renamed PESA Community Pavilion for this event) is packed with eBay
community members from around the world. Free BBQ food is at one end, the auction stage
for the upcoming live auction at the other. The silent auction already underway is getting
quite a lot of attention.
Rates, Week Ending June 18, 2005
Each week, with data provided by Bid4Assets' Sell-Through Reports, AuctionBytes
will look back at the previous week's auction sell-through rates for Bid4Assets' top-level
and sub-level categories.
Friday, June 24, 2005
eBay CEO's Keynote: eBay
Broadening Scope, but Still Listening to Users
Attendees at eBay Live were invited to the San
Jose HP Pavilion, home of the San Jose Sharks hockey team, to listen to eBay CEO Meg
Whitman give her keynote address Thursday evening.
Revenge of the Wife - Lotus
Esprit Turbo is Sold on eBay for 90 cents
A British radio DJ is mourning the loss of his
25,000 pounds ($48,000) Lotus Esprit Turbo car after his outraged wife sold the car on
eBay UK for the grand sum of 50 pence (90 US cents)
eBay's VC Benchmark Capital
Invests in uShip, Kagle Joins Board
uShip Inc., an online marketplace for shipping
and moving, announced Friday it has raised its first round of equity funding from
Benchmark Capital. Bob Kagle, a founding partner of Benchmark Capital and an early
investor in eBay, has joined its board of directors. The details of the funding were not
eBay Live! Exhibit Hall: Bingo
for Bracelets and Doba's ''Da Bomb''
Stars are falling over an eBay seller's head
and she's scrambling to catch them. It's just another wild
n wacky game at
this year's eBay Live! convention, where a colorful variety of games, giveaways, and
eye-catching booths all compete for attendees' brain bandwidth.
eBay Live! 2005: Some
Observations from the Floor
I have the feeling this is the convention eBay
has been practicing for. After three years of trial runs, eBay was ready to welcome the
world to its home turf.
4D Inc.'s Launch of
MarketBlast Revolutionizes eBay Auction Management Niche with Simple Pricing Scheme
4D, Inc., a 21-year-old leading maker of software solutions that help businesses
manage their data, today announced the release of MarketBlast, an affordable and
easy-to-use software program that dramatically simplifies the process of listing and
managing your items on eBay. In an unusual move in this auction management niche, 4D is
selling MarketBlast for a one-time cost of $99, without any monthly service fees
AuctionWagon Creates World's
First Craigslist Drop-off Stores
AuctionWagon the world's first independent
eBay consignment store and pioneering developer of eBay consignment systems, announced
today at the eBay Live! 2005 convention in San Jose that it is launching a new feature for
its Store Manager G2 product line that will allow its software customers and affiliate
locations to list items on Craigslist in their local area.
PayPal Damon Resurfaces at
Simply Hired Job-Search Engine
The darling of the PayPal customer service
discussion boards has resurfaced after a hiatus. Known to eBay and PayPal users as
"PayPal Damon," Damon Billian has joined Simply Hired, a search engine for jobs
co-founded by another PayPal alumnus, Dave McClure.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
No Surprises at eBay's
The eBay annual shareholder's meeting took place at the Silicon Valley Conference Center
in Santa Clara, California, on Thursday morning. Two union organizations presented
proposals regarding executive compensation and director elections, both of which were
defeated. The other four agenda items passed.
Cross-Border Shipping, Finding
Product Sources and More: eBay Live's Session on Using Certified Providers
Sellers looking to expand and streamline their business attended one of the opening
sessions at eBay Live, "Using Certified Providers to Grow Your Business." Led by
Laura Della Torre (Certified Provider Program Manager, eBay) the session began with an
overview of the kinds of things certified providers can do for eBay sellers, such as offer
creative design and branding, cross-merchandise, and shipping/handling solutions.
eBay Unveils New Ways to
Help Sellers Source and Sell Online; ProStores Web Store Solution Complements eBay Stores,
Extends Sellers' Market Reach
eBay, the World's Online Marketplace, today kicks off its annual community conference,
eBay Live!, by unveiling a number of new services and benefits for members, including a
Web storefront solution and a new wholesale product marketplace.
Introduces New eBay Auction Tracking Tool
Software development company Digonex Technologies, Inc. today announced the development of
Nabit (TM) new eBay auction tracking tool. Nabit is the first auction tracking tool
designed to combine advertising and distribution with auction watching, bidding, and
Glacier Bay DVD Becomes
the Top Seller on eBay
ChannelAdvisor, the leading provider of channel management solutions (CMS), announced
today that Glacier Bay DVD, a top online company offering new, specialty and hard-to-find
DVDs and soundtrack CDs, became the top seller on eBay with a feedback rating of 238,456,
the highest feedback rating on eBay as of today, June 23. Glacier Bay DVD has been a
ChannelAdvisor customer since 2002.
eBay Developers Conference Final
Keynote Forum: eBay & PayPal Feedback Forum and The Global Market Opportunity for eBay
The final two keynote forums at the eBay Developers Conference put eBay executives on the
hot seat concerning issues about eBay and PayPal in general, and then about the role third
party developers can play in eBay's international marketplace.
eBay Techie Heads to
Google to Soup up Froogle?
The rumor mill is churning this week at eBay's Developer Conference, and the latest
speculation centers around eBay search guru Louis Monier, who created Alta Vista in the
1990s for DEC. Om Malik's blog reports that Google is stealing away Monier to work on
Froogle, its shopping feed
Boxes Available at 'eBay Live!' Conference This Month
eBay buyers and sellers now have a new option when choosing to send their items through
USPS: co-branded, Priority Mail(TM) flat-rate boxes.
eBay Radio Logs on One
eBay Radio produced by wsRadio.com celebrated a significant milestone this month by
logging on its one-millionth listener. eBay Radio has the same ingredients of any popular
talk show, including a charismatic and knowledgeable host, high profile guests, call ins
iSold It Opens 100th
eBay Drop-Off Store
iSold It, the nation's leading drop-off chain and number one seller on eBay, announced
today they have opened their 100th store and now have over 500 franchise stores under
Constant Contact Expands
PayPal Offering for Instant Purchasing from Email Promotions
Constant Contact(R) (www.constantcontact.com), the leading Do-It-Yourself Email
Marketing(R) service, today announced the availability of PayPal "Buy Now"
functionality as a standard feature in all of its Constant Contact email campaign
'ezSupport Lite for
eBay' Brings Customer Support Automation to eBay Sellers and Buyers
To help automate customer support between eBay buyers and sellers, HostedSupport.com
released today ezSupport Lite for eBay, a specialized version of its flagship product
ezSupport Pro. ezSupport Lite for eBay has been developed to work specifically with the
eBay system and is free to eBay sellers.
goWholesale Launches New
Online Rating System
goWholesale, a subsidiary of Liquidity Services Inc., is launching an online directory of
verified wholesale sources for eBay sellers, entrepreneurs and small businesses looking
for wholesale inventory.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - Developer Conference
A Harbinger of Promotions to Come?
An enterprising eBay user found this URL for a 5-cent listing promotion on eBay Canada
this Sunday, June 26th.
Could there be a 10th anniversary promotion on the US site as well?
eBay Developers Want
to Know: When Is Google Wallet Coming?
While attendees at the eBay Developer Conference Tuesday were sitting in on sessions about
eBay's online payment service PayPal, they were also asking each other about a payment
service rumored to be coming soon from Google.
Marketworks wins eBay Star Developer Award
Marketworks the Atlanta-based, leading provider of online sales management
solutions today announced that eBay, The Worlds Online Marketplace, has
recognized it with a special achievement award for its positive impact on the eBay
Launches Beta Version in New York
Conference Kicks off with a Theme of Innovation
Online classifieds site Oodle announced the availability of beta versions of its
service in the greater New York area.
eBay Developer Award for PayPal Innovative Application
eBay showed it is reaching out to developers with a slew of announcements as the eBay
Developer Conference kicked off in San Jose Tuesday, with 550 developers in attendance.
Announces API for eBay Developers
eBay and PayPal announced the winners of the Star
Developer Awards on Tuesday at its developers conference. eBay CEO Meg Whitman was on hand
to congratulate the winners.