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Mon Apr 7 2008 11:28:58

Bear Stearns Latest Report on eBay Listings

By: Ina Steiner

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Bear Stearns released its latest report on eBay. It estimates that eBay hosted 52 million core listings last week (ending 4/4/08), up 50% YoY and 37% QoQ, led by a 5p listings promotion in the UK.

While number of listings is an interesting number, a more important metric is conversion rates - the percentage of listings that actually end with a sale. Analyst Bob Peck writes in Monday's report, "in the domestic market, we have observed an improvement in the conversion rates since the implementation of the fee structure change." Note that I'm not sure how he's tracking conversion...




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by: MsFish213

Mon Apr 7 12:14:57 2008

Conversion rate total would be great, but remember, ebay just ran a penny listing special during the days of the above report...

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by: Patricia

Mon Apr 7 14:11:56 2008

These Bear Stearns people sure weren't worth the bailout!

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by: dimes

Mon Apr 7 16:32:11 2008

It's being reported that over 7000 Bear Stearns employees are being let go.  I don't know that I'd trust the word of an angry about-to-be-unemployed analyst...

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by: Patricia

Mon Apr 7 17:36:51 2008

Its no deep dark secret that listings are dropping like a rock since the end of the penny listings special.  I doubt ebay can keep listings up without some kind of a gimmick now that will lure sellers into listing. Hits are down - again due to the crummy new search they insist on putting in place!   This is such a mess and we all can see it and ebay can't!

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by: greybeard

Mon Apr 7 17:55:20 2008


Somewhere down the line the truth always will out --- but maybe 'listings' is not the same as 'items' by seller --- my guess based on years of searching the same items: individual items are down 35% ---

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by: Online Biz Dude

Mon Apr 7 20:48:47 2008

How does Bear Stearns analyst track down conversion rates is beyond me, a lot of times analysts just fudge any statistical data they can find into their report anyway.

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by: Tim

Mon Apr 7 21:28:41 2008

EBay loves to pad listing numbers, especially at the end of a quarter that was filled with turmoil and hostility. Having penny listings for the last week of the quarter sure duped Bear Stearns and others, didn't it? Now eBay stock is rising and their execs are claiming their idiotic policies and new gouging fee structure is a success. What a joke! Run away from eBay and their stock as fast as possible! They're a train wreck just waiting to happen.

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by: Tim

Mon Apr 7 21:32:21 2008

And why would anyone take financial advice from a company whose stock went from $170 to TWO BUCKS in a year or so? Another question would be why they're suddenly pushing eBay stock so hard now? Seems "odd" to me, to say the least.

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by: Ruth

Mon Apr 7 21:39:49 2008

Just checked Medved stats. EBay lsitngs went from 17,000,000 to 13,400,000 since the penny listing sale ended. Way to pad those numbers, eBay! Anything to raise the price of their already overvalued stock, I guess.  

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by: Ruth

Mon Apr 7 21:40:51 2008

Listings! Sorry about the typo!

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by: Chris Gallucci

Mon Apr 7 21:48:21 2008

And we're listening to Bear Stearns, why?

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by: buddy

Mon Apr 7 22:30:29 2008

Um, I'm not seeing a reduction in hit counts. They seem as normal as ever. As for the ''total number of listings'', why would I care? I think when you list a unique item, rather than a commodity item, best match has little effect. If there are only 5 of what I list, and 500 of what somebody else lists, how is best match going to effect my visibility?

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by: Henrietta

Mon Apr 7 22:56:15 2008

Not all of us are fortunate enough to sell something in high demand that there are only five listings on eBay.    How will best match affect you, well, probably the same way it affected me when I looked for the ONLY red and white hand made reproduction quilt listed that week on eBay and the first item up was a beautiful vintage guitar.     Yes listings are important but with lower sell through rates and challenged visibility sellers are not going to continue to list and list and list. It is all overhead. Too much overhead and you gonna drown in red ink.    What does it cost me to achieve what sales? If I am going to have inventory sitting, why PAY repeatedly to have it sitting on eBay, why not have it sitting someplace I can list for free?

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by: Red Ink

Mon Apr 7 22:57:51 2008

Hey buddy
effect is a noun referring to a thing, but if you mean an action, that is affect

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by: Peter Leeflang/CEO of Leeflang Archives Corporatio

Mon Apr 7 23:05:10 2008

Even mentioning a conversion rate is not the final judge on Ebay's performance. We would also have to know the ASP. If you have a high conver sion rate due to penny auctions, that doe snot necessarily translate in a higher ASP. More likely is that the ASP is much lower.

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by: Ruth

Mon Apr 7 23:20:49 2008

You're right, Buddy, no one should care about listing numbers. But that's what Bear Stearns is using to hype eBay right now. And those numbers mean squat, since eBay skewed those numbers with their penny listing sale the last week of March. The more important number is the sell-through rate, which is around 42%. That's not a good number at all, IMO. I want better odds than that if I'm going to list items on eBay.

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by: Zebra

Tue Apr 8 05:22:20 2008

Bear Stearns is full of BULL.

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by: BeBopDeluxe

Tue Apr 8 06:18:48 2008

B S = Bear Stearns

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Fri Apr 11 15:52:45 2008

The incompetency and greed of Bear Stearns demonstrates why the Bush administration has forced we the taxpayers to bail them from their own avaricious folly.

What passes for 'analysis' at Bear Stearns has to be either incompetence at its highest possible level or something a lot more sinister.

Their analysis of ebay performance -- a not so persuasive piece of fiction -- once again demonstrates the incestuous if not worse relationship that exists among big business, Wall Street analysts, and the business media. They all exist to stratch each other's back and to create an artificial environment that doesn't exist in reality.

Once again, Bear Stearns chooses an assessment that ill serves ebay stockholders.

Ebay knew exactly when to pad listings with "glitches" and penny listings because they knew in advance exactly when the Bears Stearns analysts would be looking.

Gee, it's almost as if Bear Stearns might have been tipped off when to look. And, of course, don't look any other times of the month. Further. we'll also pretend we don't know that ebay makes other kinds of site and statistical manipulations that affect the listings counts and financial reports.

I smell boiled books. Or have they been  fricaseed?

CORRUPT, CORRUPT, CORRUPT.

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by: 517556

Fri Apr 11 15:56:20 2008

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Write, call, email them and tell them about the rampant pornography available on ebay in the adults only section.

Post this information on every media, ebay, PayPal, and Christian oriented blog and chat group you can find and keep doing it on a regular basis. Keep contacting the Christians and let the media know of ebay's, Meg's, and Donahoe's support for pornography.

Faux Gnus ought to love it since they're not McCain fans...yet Send this information to Keith Olberman at MSNBC, Nova M radio, and Air America.

ebay: the largest purveyor of pornography on the planet?

1. Focus on the Family
  Dr. James Dobson
  http://www.family.org
  (800) A-FAMILY (232-6459)
  8605 Explorer Drive
  Colorado Springs, CO  80920
  Online email form

2. American Family Association
  Donald Wildmon
  P.O. Drawer 2440
  Tupelo, MS 38803
  Phone: 1-662 844-5036
  Fax: 1-662-842-7798
  email form on website

3. Concerned Women for America
  Wendy Wright
  1015 Fifteenth St. N.W., Suite 1100
  Washington, D.C. 20005
  Phone: (202) 488-7000
  Fax: (202) 488-0806
  http://www.cwfa.org/
  No email found

4. Citizens for a Better America
  National Headquarters
  P.O. Box 7647
  Van Nuys CA 91409-7647
  Voice Mail (818) 757-1776
  email HQ@CFABA.org

5. Family Research Council
 Tony Perkins
 801 G Street, NW
 Washington, D.C. 20001
 Toll-free: 1-800/225-4008
 email form on website
 http://www.frc.org/

6. Coral Ridge Ministries
 http://www.coralridge.org/
 Dr. James Kennedy
 PO Box 1920
 Ft Lauderdale FL 33302
 1-800-229-WORD (9673)
 letters@coralridge.org

Remember, POST THIS INFORMATION EVERYWHERE!

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