What if eBay combined with Etsy in an attempt to take on Amazon.com, a Wall Street analyst pondered, according to this column
in financial newspaper Barrons. The reaction from sellers to the idea was blunt and at times colorful.
James Cakmak of Monness Crespi Hardt wrote the report and said the core to Amazon's philosophy was expanding selection. But sellers discussing the column didn't seem keen on the idea of an eBay-Etsy tie-up. Right away, one seller said no one would be able to beat Amazon, regardless of a merger.
In a thread
on the eBay boards titled, "A Growth Plan for eBay: Buy Etsy," sellers had a fun time discussing the notion, with one eBay seller immediately posting a headline that turned the tables: "A Growth plan for Etsy: Buy eBay."
Some eBay sellers didn't have kind words for Etsy, while another wrote, "The ONLY reason Etsy is the size it is today is because eBay ran off the very sellers that made Etsy what it is today."
eBay and Etsy are not only different in terms of categories and policies, but in terms of culture as well - one eBay seller wrote, "Anyone even suggesting this sort of a merger has never been on the Etsy boards. Etsy buyers and sellers loathe eBay."
"eBay's acquisition of Etsy would clear Etsy out like a broken hornet's nest at a wedding reception," they said.
Some were cynical about the analyst's motives in putting forth the suggestion: "What you have with this idea is a stock trader trying to pump up two dead stocks in the hope of some sort of merger," wrote one eBay seller.
Indeed, it's worth noting that Wall Street analysts, columnists, and others often speculate about mergers and acquisitions, so sellers shouldn't come away thinking this is a sign of a merger in the works.
That said, what would you think of an eBay-Etsy tie-up? And are there better mergers you could think of in the online selling space?