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Tue Feb 20 2007 17:54:09

eBay's Man of Mystery Profiled in NY Times

By: Ina Steiner

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The New York Times published a profile of John Donahoe, eBay Marketplaces president.  He's kept a low profile, and this piece is the most I can remember reading about him. However, I still don't know much. He's tall, he comes from consulting firm Bain, he's shaking things up at eBay, and he works 70-hour weeks. Oh, and he makes $80,000 a year and received about $10 million in eBay stock. (UPDATE: I accidentally typed in $80,000. Donahoe actually makes $800,000 in annual salary.)

The thing about the article that will likely have many eBay users cringing is that eBay is working towards having its search engine will "make educated assumptions about what (shoppers) might be looking for." This is okay for a retailer who owns every item, but on eBay, different sellers are paying the same fee, but may get positioned differently in search results.

I heard recently from a seller who said his items were not getting picked up in search at all, this is a complaint that I hear periodically. eBay doesn't have a great track record on search as far as some sellers are concerned, and I frequently hear readers say, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." So we'll see how personalized search is received by eBayers. Perhaps we'll hear more from Donahoe in June at eBay Live.




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eBay's Man of Mystery Profiled in NY Times   eBay's Man of Mystery Profiled in NY Times

by: abdullah arbabi

Wed Mar 7 01:42:43 2007

I am ebay member my ID  is  abdullah1348 ebay closed my accont because i didnot pay for 5 items and right now i do not have the seller Id and email .or there any way you can help me to open my accont again  thanks



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