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Thu June 28 2018 11:01:48

eBay Cost Cutting Includes Killing eBay Radio

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay quietly laid off hundreds of employees on Wednesday, and the cost-cutting measures included terminating eBay Radio, a live call-in show broadcast over the Internet every Tuesday and Thursday with a focus on helping sellers. It will be replaced by pre-recorded podcasts.

eBay couched the end of the live web-radio program as a retirement of the program's outside producer, Lee Mirabel, whose company, Voicemarketing Inc., provided the technology to run eBay Radio.

Archives of the eBay Radio program are hosted on Mirabel's website, VoiceMarketingRadio.com. We don't know how long those archives will remain available or if eBay plans to make them accessible on its own website.

eBay Radio will hold its last live broadcast from the eBay Open seller conference that kicks off on July 24th in Las Vegas. Longtime eBay employee Jim "Griff" Griffith announced the end of the bi-weekly eBay Radio shows on his Facebook page - there was no announcement on the eBay announcement board. He said the name of the new weekly podcast (on Tuesdays) might change:

"There will be a Community page for the podcast format show and it will contain a chat area. There will be a call in segment (more details on that in the coming weeks). The show will be called eBay Radio for at least the short term. That name may change later." You can view Griff's full announcement on his Facebook page.

eBay Radio has been broadcasting since 2003, which according to the VoiceMarketing.com website, makes it "the world's longest running professionally produced internet radio talk show." The site describes Lee Mirabel as "President and CEO of Voicemarketing Inc., producers of eBay Radio."

eBay never made available details of its financial arrangement with Voicemarketing Inc., which incurred expenses but also accepted advertising on the eBay-branded show and on its website.

The end of the 15-year-old program will likely disappoint some who have grown to enjoy Mirabel and Griffith's camaraderie and advice. Mirabel, who has had a long career in radio going back to 1965, has a presence on Twitter.

In addition to simplifying operations, the move to pre-recorded podcasts is also part a trend toward having greater control over its messaging and less communication with its users, especially since the departure of eBay executive Hal Lawton last year.



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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Jun 28 11:17:41 2018

"with a focus on helping sellers"

.........to the exit door

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 11:28:00 2018

people being laid off, getting rid of overseas offices, ending eBay radio, tons of money off promos .....

lord the numbers must be SO bad ......

ANd all you have to do is show all listings 24/7/365 and stop hidding peoples listings who wont go along with the suicide plans ..... Meg was right - even a onkey could run the train and yet ..... DW and Bob Cupcake are stumped

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by: booklover27 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 12:31:17 2018

Slow death for the Anti-American company that short changed its' sellers.  The disgusting treatment of all sellers is well documented on thousands of blogs and their own discussion boards...die die die...like toys r us another crappy monopoly...

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Jun 28 13:45:43 2018

booklover27, I am looking forward to reading the  many case studies that will be written about how three individuals (Meg, John and Devin) destroyed a company that "even a monkey could drive".

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 13:56:38 2018

Wenig should get the Clueless CEO of the Year Award...
...a plaque with a guy on his knees pushing a string.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Thu Jun 28 14:13:21 2018

"... having greater control over its messaging and less communication with its users, ...."

I'm sure Devin and/or the BOD is waking up to the fact that their "noise" is not as dumb as they thought we were, and we are starting to ask some tough questions and want some serious answers. They certainly don't want on a live broadcast someone asking a question that they can't answer or would expose all the problems sellers are encountering.

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by: sasikat9 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 14:46:17 2018

No big lost.

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by: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 15:14:54 2018

@iheartjacksparrow

I am sure that is why the Q & A portion of the shareholders meeting went suddenly silent.  Ebay in no way wanted the world to see just what an idiot Wenig is and I am sure the shareholders had very tough questions for him which is why we keep seeing everything thrown out to see what sticks whether it is done or not.  Ebay and Wenig are desperate and I think when the 2nd Quarter numbers come out it might just be the beginning of the end for the Devil himself who has single handedly sold Ebay to the Chinese with all of his moves to have the counterfeit items made there and sold on Ebay.  That started the trend for fakes on there and now Ebay is so dependent on the money they can't do anything about it, even if they really wanted to.

I am afraid that Wenigs replacement will be worse than he is, just as he makes Donohoe look like a great CEO, but Ebay is not going to survive under his egotistical reign much longer as he has no clue what he is doing nor how to run a company.  This is the same person who gave away Ebays' interest in India to another company for a minority interest and then watched them sell the majority interest to their competitor.  That has to be the funniest chain of events while also being the saddest commentary about his leadership and lack of vision.  

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by: Carol Is Here This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 15:50:00 2018

Is the plan to prepare Ebay to be sold to Amazon so Wall Street can further their plans for the Amazon monopoly monster?

Wenig and cronies will cash in and be rewarded.

Small and medium business will take the hit as Amazon works to completely destroy them.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Shane

Thu Jun 28 16:32:23 2018

Griff is the biggest eBay sycophant there is. If he got canned, it must be bad.

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by: justchangecarriers This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 18:58:37 2018

ebay propoganda network is what it actually was.

Ive never disliked a person more than that smug griff.  Never seen a bigger shill for a terrible company in my life

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by: justchangecarriers This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 19:00:18 2018

@iheartjacksparrow

Exactly, things are starting to get bad and indefensible.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Thu Jun 28 19:38:19 2018

By stripping ebafia down to its dirty underwear, Wenig is trying to make the company more attractive to potential buyers. I think we can expect more of the same.

Of course, most of the deadwood will remain in order to facilitate and esacalate Wenig's snuffing of small sellers.

Trump's war on CNN didn't work because it was clear to the courts that DoJ's case against the merger was based on political animus rather than reality.

IMO, Trump and Sessions nevertheless would have a much easier time attacking any Amazon-ebafia merger despite Trump's dislike of Bezos and the "Washington Post."

Shareholders ought to consider filing a lawsuit against ebafia's current management for fiduciary malfeasance.

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by: val2525 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 20:25:56 2018

I think the article is misleading on the part of EcommerceBytes. If Mirabel is retiring, eBay simply opted not to continue the program.  That isn't necessarily tied in with the employee layoffs.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Thu Jun 28 21:10:43 2018

eBay chose not to pay for a company (Voice Marketing or another) to power the Internet-radio technology, with or without Mirabel.  

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jun 29 06:55:35 2018

Is there confirmation that both Trinton and Griff are gone ? Or is it on Trinton?

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by: sasikat9 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jun 29 08:23:50 2018

As far as Ebay being sold to Amazon. Bezos isn't that stupid to want to buy a dying platform without any type of leadership. Its to much work and takes to much money. Bezos has a better idea. Making Amazon the one stop for all your needs with speedy delivery.

Ebay is a condundrum of glitches and wasted talent. You could take the smartest most talented people and fit them all in a one seater car. Ebay is history, its just a matter of when it dies.

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

Fri Jun 29 11:10:14 2018

Pace is 100% correct, and this goes for both Etsy and Ebay:  let our listings be shown to anyone who's remotely interested, 24/7/265.  Is that really so hard??

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

Fri Jun 29 11:10:38 2018

I meant to write   24/7/365.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jun 29 14:17:27 2018

Hat tip to Wall of Voodoo (with some modifications of course) for their 80s one hit wonder!

I feel a cold wind on my shoulder
And the touch of ecommerce that is dumber
Turn the switch and check the website
Leave it on when in bed I slumber
I see the listings they are all missing  
I list the product and never sell it
I hear the talking of the Grifter
Can't understand just what does he say?

I'm on eBay radio
I'm on eBay radio

I load software and tune the station
They talk about the eBay returns situation
I understand just a little
eBays confused --it's apparently a riddle

I'm on a eBay radio
I'm on a eBay radio

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