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Wed May 14 2014 14:18:46

Should Google Buy eBay?

By: Julia Wilkinson

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I have to admit, that question sounds crazy to me. And yet, the question is floating out there on various business sites such as MarketWatch and Bloomberg Businessweek. I think part of this is the foofaraw around China-based ecommerce giant Alibaba's impending IPO, with other headlines out there like "Alibaba Files IPO, Challenges Google and Amazon for Ad share."

In this Bloomberg Businessweek video, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says people like Carl Icahn triggered the discussion, and the feeling is  the "value of PayPal is locked inside eBay."

And while some say Google should be buying just PayPal (this is assuming eBay agrees to sell it), Sebastian says "a better option"...instead of splitting eBay and PayPal, "would be combining it with a larger, healthy Internet platform like Google, which also...we think needs ecommerce and payments."

Though he acknowledges it is "more of a thought exercise," he says his firm looked at companies that "need payments, need commerce" which include "Google, Facebook, and eventually Yahoo and Twitter as well," and they think Google has the resources to pull it off successfully.

Hmm. I don't know that Google buying eBay would be such a great idea. It wouldn't be the first time with a huge merger that 1+1 does not necessarily equal 2. Ideally it equals 3, but sometimes it just stays at one. The other thing is, would there be no anti-trust issues with such a large merger? I'm sure some of you business brains out there could answer that better than I.

To me it feels a bit like too many big companies commingling into one big blob, which is reminiscent of the utilitarian but ultimately, well, gross concoction of Soylent Green.

You laugh? There's really a product out there now called "Soylent," hailed by The New Yorker as "The End of Food." (Who wants food to end?). But I digress.

What do you think of the idea of a Google - eBay merger? Would one and one make two? Would you dare eat Soylent for two weeks? Post a comment here!

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by: Xander This user has validated their user name.

Thu May 15 14:03:43 2014

IMHO Google is wickedly evil and greedy. Regardless if they were to buy ebay or create their own site, they would acquire a large portion of the sales proceeds and have seller unfriendly policies also. The fact that Google doesn't even have a publicly advertised contact number shows how interested they are in hearing from their users.

Large corporate run venues will always hold the seller liable for any losses. The evidence is right there in the user agreements for all to see, to hold them harmless while shifting all the losses onto the seller base.

Unless sellers form a union or maybe create a seller owned venue, the rape and pillage will continue as MBA's soak up way more than their fair share of the profits.

Google is not your friend.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Thu May 15 17:01:27 2014

Quite probably they are all “wickedly evil and greedy”, it’s just that some are more obviously so than others and, certainly, eBay is way out in front with its easily demonstrable criminality …

But the most disgraceful thing of all is the fact that the relevant consumer authorities will do nothing to protect we mere hoi polloi from such demonstrably obvious unscrupulous commercial entities …

eBay Inc, where the incompetent mingle with the malevolent and the criminal ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Thu May 15 22:50:09 2014

If Google wants to enter this market, better they develop their own platform.

Ebay is damaged goods beyond repair.

But why would this group of arrogant left coast MBAs be any different?

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Fri May 16 02:44:58 2014

Yes, Google SHOULD buy Ebay, terminate Donahoe, get rid of Omidyar, and dissolve the Ebay board as part of the deal. Lower the take rate back to 2.5%. Add Stripe Gateway and Postal Money Orders as payment options. Do away with all the Micro Managing rules. Return 2 way feedback.
This could be the winning maneuver that sets America back on track to a Stellar Future.

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Fri May 16 02:48:37 2014

If this isn't done, we won't use it.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri May 16 10:21:17 2014

I love Zander's seller owned venue idea.

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