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Thu Jan 19 2017 21:04:47

eBay Acquiring Etsy Would Set off a Hornet's Nest

By: Ina Steiner

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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?




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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Thu Jan 19 21:34:03 2017

No other marketplace can compete with Amazon because Amazon not only sells their own items, but has Prime with all the perks that go with that. eBay doesn't sell anything, and they can't stream movies or television shows to their members. Instead of trying to be Amazon Lite, eBay needs to re-focus on what made the site great.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jan 19 22:21:36 2017

eBay can barely run itself, never mind Etsy.

They dumped GIS (which was THE money maker) .... taking on anything seems futile.

eBay HATES work - they hate auctions - they hate sellers ... the last thing DW is more of them!  

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This user has validated their user name. by: MainelyVintage
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Thu Jan 19 23:30:24 2017

Yikes, don't ruin Etsy!

Seriously, I don't think that those analysts have a clue how eBay and Etsy work. They are proposing  combining apples and oranges in order to compete with grapes...

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by: Ebay's Slow Death This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jan 20 03:34:40 2017

I think Etsy is great, and I do well there.

I started selling on Ebay in 1997, and abhor the place now. I use some of their free listings once in awhile, but have such a bad feeling about the place, I feel guilty when I do list there.

I can't image Ebay and Etsy combining. They are totally different cultures. That stock analyst was just trying to rattle some chains talking about something he knows absolutely nothing about.

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by: JLynnPro This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Jan 20 06:30:20 2017

If eBay acquired Etsy, I would clear out my Etsy stores so fast my ass would catch fire. It would destroy Etsy!

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jan 20 06:59:35 2017

Won't work.  It's like apples & oranges.  Ebay already has Half.com and it's practically dormant.  And does it still own ebayclassifieds.com?  Nope, merging with Etsy won't work.

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by: Daisy909 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jan 20 07:19:14 2017

No, hell no!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Jan 20 07:46:37 2017

I'm guess that Chad would be one of the most hated men in ecommerce if this happens.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Jan 20 07:48:28 2017

""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."

That is EXACTLY what it sounds like he is trying to do.

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by: Barbbie This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jan 20 08:19:31 2017

Ebay teaming up with etsy would not work. It is 2 different things and would destroy etsy.  

Ebay does not have the management ability for a venture such as to truly compete with Amazon, they have let Amazon get so far ahead of them and destroyed their own brand in the process of trying to be like them, that I think it would be impossible at this point.

Perhaps if Walmart can ever get their act together, they can compete. They need to make listing easier, but if they can do it while still keeping control over who lists in order to make their sellers more trusted than on Amazon, they may be able to put a dent in them. They surely have the ability to offer services that Amazon and ebay cannot.  But as for the video thing, how hard would it be for walmart to make a deal with a video company to "give" a client who is paying 99.00 a year that service.  They have a store almost anywhere, just hire a few employees at each store to deliver and you have an instant warehouse.  Amazon wants to get into grocery,etc...walmart has that already, if they jump in first, they have a good shot of being the go to for some items anyway.

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by: Simplyselling This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jan 20 08:59:41 2017

eBay is horrible. The shopper on eBay is totally different than the shopper on Etsy. I do very well on Etsy. Almost never a problem where eBay seems to always be a problem. Many sellers on eBay are hobbiest who like to make zero profit.  I would NOT be happy about that. Amazon is the best. I would love another good marketplace. Who sells on other marketplaces?

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Jan 20 09:32:31 2017

What is ETSY?

Never been there, SERIOUSLY. . .

I'm not a artsy craftsy person and from what I've read it's a GIRLY site. . .

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This user has validated their user name. by: MainelyVintage
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Fri Jan 20 09:57:28 2017

Toolguy, I sell general vintage on Etsy and about 1/4 of my customers are men. I think that both collectors and regular guys have discovered the site : )

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by: Small Guy This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jan 20 10:45:07 2017

I am not smart enough to understand how such a merger could take place.  But standing on the sidewalk and just looking at the comments, there will be enough smart people looking at an emerging deal that Ebay staff bullies won't be able to run something by the Etsy sellers.

In other words, it won't be a corporate back room deal without close scrutiny by Etsy sellers and others.  It makes good copy for the media though.

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by: Flying Childers This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jan 20 10:56:48 2017

I totally agree with Jack Sparrow.  There is no way that even a combined Ebay and Etsy could compete with Amazon.

And why would they want to?  They should just stick to doing what they originally did best.  There's plenty of money to be made by people who want genuine handmade, vintage and American made goods.

The problem is that they "fixed" something that wasn't broken in the first place.

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by: bb6 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jan 20 11:10:48 2017

Amazon works because they work on their business 24/7! They care about growing and being the best. Ebay just trucks along like a drunken sailor with a loaded weapon and a Sunday church collection basket.

I agree etsy would empty out if ebay bought it and another artsy/homemade website would be started. Buying another site wouldn't take care of the issues that ebay has. Focusing on their sellers would be the smart move. Make people want to list and come buy there is key. Sales are the bottom line for sellers. You screw around with things like search so that sales don't come and make it harder for buyers to find the items they type in search hurts everyone. Instead ebay ignores the sellers and focuses on things like changing more policies giving the sellers 101 things to change in their stores, not even thinking that it would take weeks if not months for a seller with 1,000-10,000 items to update all the crap they thought should be added this spring or fall release. Sellers want to list and sell, not waste their time on items they have already listed. Time is money. Stop wasting it and get to work!

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by: bobbiejj This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Jan 20 11:14:05 2017

What a nightmare!! I have always worried since Etsy went public that they have put themselves in the position for a take over by someone like Ebay.. This is not just apples and oranges, it is donuts and oranges.. Etsy and Ebay can not stand each other..I will  no longer buy from Ebay after buying a supposedly Cannon camera that turned out to be a fake. I will only buy from Amazon and Etsy..there I trust what I am getting.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: MainelyVintage

Fri Jan 20 12:19:40 2017

bobbiejj ''I will only buy from Amazon and Etsy..there I trust what I am getting.''

I do urge you to be cautious. Some Etsy sellers claim ''handmade'' when it is not the case. Always check handmade items for sourcing from China. It definitely happens. I know sellers personally who have turned in shops for it and provided links to the identical photos from AliExpress et al and still the shops remain up and selling the same items months later.

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by: donald This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jan 20 12:26:02 2017



You are so right pace306

eBay can barely run itself, never mind Etsy.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Jan 20 12:28:39 2017

eBay can barley run itself but yet somehow is able to make over a $Billion in profit year after year after year!

How many of YOU have made a BILLION DOLLARS?

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