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Thu June 14 2007 06:35:36

eBay: Back to Business in Boston

By: Ina Steiner

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One of the eBay sellers who appears in a documentary about eBay is featured today in the Alamogordo Daily News. "Retiree's dream leads to eBay success" is written about Larry Deming, who sells pottery from the Mexican village of Mata Ortiz.

Traders' Dreams will be shown for the first time in Boston on Friday evening at the Museum of Fine Arts. The film-makers will be on hand and will talk after the pre-screening, which coincides with the eBay Live event.

People can't get enough of the spat between eBay and Google. I'm attending the annual meeting at 8am today, I will be filing a story shortly after the meeting - it will be interesting to see whether shareholders ask about what's going on (these events are usually lightly attended).

But the squabbling is just a side note to what's going on in Boston. Tonight is eBay CEO Meg Whitman's keynote address, and if there's any big news coming out of the show, that's when we're likely to hear it. (see my previous blog entries on what I'm expecting to hear).

Randy Smythe, Chris Dawson and Sue Bailey are also here in Boston and will be blogging, expect plenty of first-hand accounts.

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by: Ronald Chase

Mon Jun 18 17:07:32 2007

It is interesting to hear that Meg Whitman wants to see more auctions posted. How about reducing insertion fees? I used to post (!autographs) one hundred unique items a week. Most sold for a few dollars, and often a lot did not sell. I have at least 10,000 autographs (unique) that I would be posting if the insertion fees were cheaper, or possibly if there was a rebate to sellers who posted unique items. I think ebay buyers are tired of sorting through the same item (catalog stuff) being sold by a thousand different sellers.

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