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Tue Dec 21 2010 12:05:13

eBay Homepage Drives Holiday Shoppers to Local Retailers

By: Ina Steiner

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Visit eBay's homepage today and you'll be directed to its new "Gifts Nearby" portal featuring a search engine for finding items in-stock at your local brick-and-mortar retailer. eBay's recently acquired service, Milo.com, powers the new feature.

Milo is a shopping engine that provides real-time inventory and pricing information from 140 offline retailers covering approximately brick-and-mortar 50,000 stores. When eBay acquired Milo earlier this month, it pitched the acquisition as a boost to its mobile-shopping offerings.

As part of Gifts Nearby, eBay is also promoting a special deal with Best Buy. In a video on the Gifts Nearby page, it tells last-minute shoppers if they find a gift offered by Best Buy, they can purchase it on eBay and pick up the item at their local Best Buy retail store - and earn eBay Bucks loyalty points at the same time. Best Buy is currently the only direct partner that allows eBay buyers to pay for items on GiftsNearby.

When eBay announced the Milo acquisition less than 3 weeks ago, eBay CTO Mark Carges said adding local store inventory to the eBay marketplace was a natural extension of what the company been doing for 15 years - bringing buyers and sellers together - "since eBay is an online marketplace and doesn't compete with brick-and-mortar stores."

The new Gifts Nearby portal page and Best Buy promotion will be bitter pills for sellers to swallow, however, since they are paying fees to eBay to be featured on its website and aren't likely to welcome competition from offline retailers.

UPDATE: eBay released a press release 30 minutes ago:

"This holiday season, eBay has moved beyond ecommerce, and become a shopping destination across mobile commerce, social commerce and now, local commerce," said Christopher Payne, head of eBay North America. "As online and offline commerce continue to blur, we continue to introduce innovative ways to help shoppers get the best deals available anytime, anywhere, any way they want them. GiftsNearby has arrived just in time to rescue last-minute shoppers who need the perfect gift - and need it now."

Update 12/22/10: See today's article, "eBay Takes Local to the Extreme with Gifts-Nearby Search Portal" on AuctionBytes Newsflash.



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by: WonOneTwo

Thu Dec 23 14:29:03 2010

Probably off topic but I just visited Toys R Us on Ebay. I don't understand why a major store retailer would put their product on Ebay when the default thought for any shopper is to visit their website. Toys R Us has lost control of their brand and now their feedback states they are either incompetent or just don't give a hoot. This type of feedback would normally cost a seller their account. Again, Ebay gives special treatment to volume sellers.

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by: Peas in the pod

Thu Dec 23 22:36:55 2010

@WonOnTwo

ToysRus, Bain, Donahoe, Meg are all in bed with one another or should I say joined at the hip.

This is from an article in May 2010: Private-equity giants Bain Capital and KKR along with NY-based REIT Vornado Realty Trust, bought Toys "R" Us in 2005 for $6.6 billion ($7.7 billion including debt) and plan to bring it back to the public market in an $800 million listing on the NYSE.

Interesting read and pretty much says it all - just connect the dots:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-28/toys-r-us-see
ks-800-million-in-ipo-by-kkr-bain-update3-.html

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by: ruth

Fri Dec 24 00:46:39 2010

Have you noticed how the women in the ads are dressed? No winter attire there! They're in short sleeves and open toed, spike heels. It's really bizarre!

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by: Peas in the pod

Fri Dec 24 01:59:27 2010

Ruth, what ads are you talking about?

@WonOneTwo

If you didn't know already but Donahoe and Meg are both from Bain. Bain dot dot Meg dot dot Donahoe dot dot ToysRus. There are a lot more dots .. once connected it is not a pretty picture.

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by: OneWonTwo

Fri Dec 24 02:15:18 2010

By the way, what is Meg up to these days?

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by: Who Cares

Sat Dec 25 21:02:28 2010

Well it sure looks like they don't need us. They knocked down our search for the November and December saying we were Below Standard Seller with a 99.8 Feed Back and a 5.0, 4.9, 5.0, 4.9 DSR rating because we offer a 30 day return policy but we don't give refunds with out the customer returning our merchandise. We can't control low DSR's when the shipping calculator over charges the customer because the customer pay with our asking for combined shipping when the listing says if you are purchasing more than one item contact the seller for actual shipping.

With that said and the Holiday season over they returned us to Top Rated Seller again. The sad part is with a lower search rating we know where the buyer were sent. We sure are lucky we supply a number of the local gift shops in our area. I think eBay is just trying to burn the bridge so the little seller pay more for less and ebay gets money from the sellers on ebay and the store down main street. eBay wins again.
Happy Holidays

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by: Darth Buyer
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Fri Apr 1 10:47:23 2011

Pay eBay to list your item and if they can't find someone else online to take your sale, they'll settle for someone in your neighborhood.

You asked - we listened.

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by: Steve

Fri Apr 1 18:47:03 2011

They keep flooding the site with more and more sellers and for lack of a better word "crap" merchandise, when they should be working to get more and more buyers there.

Hoe and company do nothing but pimp this site out to anyone who'll give eBay a dime.  They pimp ads that send buyers off the site and pimp tons of Asian buyers selling designer fakes.   They do not care if the seller makes a sale, they just want the fees.  Marketplaces continues to head in the wrong direction.  Everything that made this site successful has been destroyed.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Amazon must LOVE Ho and Company.

The site continues to die a death of 10,000 cuts.

Sellers pay this company for visibility.  When will there be a class action law suit holding eBay accountable for a lack of visibility, something sellers pay them all too much money for?  There is no such think as visibility on eBay anymore unless you are one of Donahoe's Diamond whores.

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