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Sat Apr 5 2008 15:58:44

Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay and Alibaba both launched new blogs last week. The eBay Ink blog describes itself as an "official source for information, opinion and perspective on eBay Inc." And the AliBlog is "the latest word from Alibaba.com on our news, events, and community."

While the two companies are rivals in China, Alibaba is actually a source of product for eBay PowerSellers around the world.

My suspicion is that eBay became bitter towards Alibaba when it lost out to Yahoo in partnering with the Chinese powerhouse a few years ago. (eBay CEO Meg Whitman was quite snarky about Alibaba during an annual shareholders meeting, and the Washington Post's Leslie Walker documented tensions between the two companies during an eBay conference.)

Some old grudges have been forgotten by new eBay President and CEO John Donahoe (the MercExchange patents, for example), but Alibaba is not on the Exhibitors List for eBay's upcoming June conference.

Good luck to bloggers Cliff Hsia of Alibaba and Richard Brewer-Hay of eBay. We'll be watching you.




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Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba   Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba

by: 115320

Sat Apr 5 20:12:05 2008

Matt/Jose-

Did you have to work hard to become a world class ass, are you still a work in progress, or were you born that way?

Inquiring minds want to know, desgraciado.

Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba   Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba

by: Gary

Sat Apr 5 20:22:59 2008

Who can forget San Jose Live 2005 when Meg renigged on Alibaba and booted them to the sidewalk. Ma handed out BIG ORANGE BAGS on the sidewalk and as the attendees walked inside they put their ebay collateral into the BIG ORANGE ALIBABA bags..... That was priceless.

Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba   Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba

by: Patricia

Sat Apr 5 22:14:27 2008

Ina - so sorry to see those first two posts - glad you nuked them.  You've been more than fair toward ebay sellers and the rest of us sincerely do appreciate it.

Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba   Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba

by: Patricia

Sat Apr 5 22:15:17 2008

Ina - I'm so sorry to see those first two posts - glad you nuked them.  You've been more than fair toward ebay sellers and the rest of us sincerely do appreciate it.

Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba   Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba

by: David

Thu Apr 10 15:27:54 2008

First off, let me say that I am an Alibaba staffer. In fact, I was part of the team in Las Vegas, described by Leslie Walker.

That having been said, from our point of view, we've always been a little puzzled by how aggressively eBay has pursued shutting us down at their events.

The reality is that our online sourcing helps businesses of all sorts, including eBay users, to expand their product lines and offerings. Surely a good thing?

Sorry for the rah-rah nature of the comment, but I couldn't resist. The point I actually wanted to make is that from our side, we think we complement the needs of eBay-ers very well and really should be looking for ways to work with eBay instead of against eBay.

Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba   Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba

by: Michael Li

Tue Apr 15 22:47:56 2008

Why not support an American Alibaba?  Factories In China Inc. is celebrating the launch of www.FactoriesInChina.com with free shares giveaway.  There's details in a press release http://www.fastpitchpress.com/pressrelease.cfm?PRID=22618

They placed banner ads for sale on eBay. Buyers of the banner ads will get discounted prices as well as matching number of shares in the private company.

Search on eBay’s website under “next aliaba” or go to: http://stores.ebay.com/Factories-In-China-Website

Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba   Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba

by: hanksonic

Sat May 17 01:12:55 2008

I cannot open the site of aliblog in Guangzhou ,May 17 2008.



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