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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Mon Aug 28 2017 09:27:34

Should Meg Whitman Return to Run eBay?

By: Ina Steiner

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Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman was reportedly a contender for the top spot at Uber after Travis Kalanick was ousted from the ride-sharing company. Whitman currently heads Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, and tweeted that she would remain at HPE, and Uber ultimately picked another executive to head its firm.

But the rumors about her possible move to Uber along with the current brouhaha over eBay Seller Hub made us wonder what sellers would think of a change in management at eBay, and specifically what they would think of a return of the former CEO.

Looking back at Whitman's tenure from 1998 to 2008, what do you think she did well, and what did she do poorly? Could any of her management skills be useful now?

Let us know what you think of eBay's current management and if they're doing their best to attract buyers and make things easier for sellers. Do you think Whitman could fix some of the problems that eBay is currently facing? Are there any other executives you think would do a good job at eBay's helm?




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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 28 10:10:35 2017

She should stay where she is. She would only do more damage. She took her millions and left after she screwed fleecepig up. What Ebay needs is someone with at least a half of a brain. Meg Whitman isn't one of them.

Ebay needs to be investigated by the hawkers on wallstreet. These people are just as responsible for the mess. Such gullible people.

Whitman, Donahoe, and Weing all should be in jail for treason. Their decisions have only made money for them and their minons while the sellers have suffered.

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 28 10:33:50 2017

Ebay current management does absolutely nothing to help their sellers actually make sales. Even their I'll conceived ad program doesn't work. They can't even sell us ads right.

Meg whitman would be way better than Wenig.

EBay needs to get the focus on fixing search..removing invisible limits on sellers..Crack down on Chinese fakes..Crack down on Chinese lieing and saying the items ship from the US..fire any Chinese diplomat who set up shop at the offices and lastly fix the mobile and websites to actually work.

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by: Scotty This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 28 11:03:32 2017

Why would anybody want to take that job?

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by: TomH This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 28 11:04:51 2017

Skills???? Which ones besides the ability to make million for doing little. Insured that Donuthole followed in her footsteps and really stole a bunch of money by demonstrating excellent ability to really screw the small sellers and further destroy the search ability on eBay.

Anything further I might say on the subject would get me arrested for 222747559093389478959054474  $%^*  AND !@#@#$$$

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by: Frank Abagnale This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 28 11:30:31 2017

Yes, Meg should take over again. She knows exactly where the deck chairs are stored.  

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

Mon Aug 28 11:35:25 2017

Meg got negged again? Poor dear.

She did more than her fair share of damage while at ebay such as dramatic escalation and expansion of fees, stores to core, and hiring The Ho. There are hundreds more but Ecommercebytes readers can reminisce about the Bad Old Days by reading the archived Auctionbytes blogs during her tenure.

The four good things I can say about her reign was that feedback was still mutual, shipping wasn't "free," sellers could run what were profitable businesses more or less as we saw fit, and search wasn't encumbered with anti American small seller algorithms.

Meg left because she saw the handwriting on the wall. Today it's the reality she enabled The Ho and by extension The Devil to create.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Mon Aug 28 11:46:48 2017

Oh he** no!!!!

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This user has validated their user name. by: IDKwhoIare

Mon Aug 28 12:43:49 2017

Meg started the dismissive attitude(s) that eBay has for it's Sellers and Buyers.  A monkey could drive the train...only if it had been left as it was before she made that statement. I believe that she was eBay's Pandora.  Six months after she took on the job, eBay became a public company.  Ushering in a greedy, money hungry BOD's, the worst thing that could have happened and that which opened the door to all the misery that has followed for all Sellers.  She opened the box then scuttled out of the picture fast, allowing Donahoe to plunder the small seller to death so the site could be monetized.

Most of those active on this forum, with some exceptions, seem to believe that ebay's execs are screwing up the venue left & right due to incompetence. They are not inept.  They deliberately shifted the company from an auction site to a selling venue (BIN) to an almost fully monetized site that delivers very little and is pretty cost effective in that role.  Period.  

They must have felt they were not making enough money fast enough as a venue for a b2c model.  They want to sell the large business' all the services they can, including those they make up to solve problems they deliberately introduce.  ie: search visibility, shipping fees, etc. ad nauseum.  If you are not big enough to compete in the b2b monetized site, they are not worried about it.

All of you are adults, all of you are capable of determining when using their site becomes non-productive and/or too expensive.  If you are lucky, you can find some customers there to follow you to another site. All of us need to understand ebay's focus, where they are going, and what their business model really is in order to grow ourselves.  Focus, direction & model have A B S O L U T E L Y nothing to do with what they publicly claim.  Always watch what they do.

I believe that ebay has reached the point where they cannot bring new Buyers to the site and it is just a matter of them deciding whether or not their portion of the growing eCommerce market share is enough.  They could limp along for a good long while at this level.  Certainly as long as the current level of naivety of new Sellers (and some older ones) remains where it currently is...believing these guys are uninformed screw-ups who deliberately ignore their Sellers.  You all got 1/2 of that right.  

If you believe that one just needs to wait these fools out, you are a perfectly groomed abuse victim.  Your own co-dependency is now blinding you to reality.  

Just my opinion, I could be wrong.

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 28 12:54:21 2017

nut meg...no way...her return would just keep the HoDevil mess spiraling out of control.

I do remember her line about monkeys...maybe they should give the job to the Grifter!

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 28 12:56:50 2017

With the current state of ebay right now, I would probably take a Monkey, picking random business options out of a hat,,,,,  so yes,,, Meg would be perfectly fine, anyone would be better then the current dicktator's  

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Mon Aug 28 13:15:00 2017

NNNNNOOOOOOO ! ! ! ! !
Meg is NOT qualified.
One of OUR people should.
I can do it (it would flourish like the old days),
or any ORIGINAL sellers can do it.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 28 13:22:22 2017

She didn't do a great job at HP - y ask her back?

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This user has validated their user name. by: blueribbon1844

Mon Aug 28 14:13:10 2017

Should Meg Whitman come back? I say yea, it wasn't that bad selling from 1998 to 2008. I've seen my ebay sales on a steady decline once JD and Wenig took over. Meg made mistakes, but at least she wasn't cramming these garbage policies and programs down our throats. Maybe that would be different now.

One thing is for sure.. Wenig is poison.

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Mon Aug 28 14:25:05 2017

Meg Whitless can stay where she is.

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by: toml3030 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 28 16:41:36 2017

Good god, no.  Meg was great when eBay was growing AS A US DOMESTIC FOCUSED company.  When Meg let Chinese sellers list for free in an attempt to get into the Chinese market while charging US sellers $2 to list an item, eBay had 2x the traffic of Amazon.  Within 2 years of that fiasco Amazon had 2x the traffic of eBay. To boot, eBay surrendered to Taobao less than six months later and evacuated from China.  Her time has passed.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Mon Aug 28 16:52:45 2017

In my opinion Meg was the best of the three.

But my stuff sold no matter who was leading eBay, they changed things often and I adapted to those changes. . .

The names the same but the fees are higher!

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

Mon Aug 28 18:55:38 2017

She was also responsible for buying Skype and then not understanding its immediate or long term potential. She gave Skype to ebay sellers so they could communicate with buyers (like this would been a good thing) but any other uses were monetized.

Ebafia then sold Skype to an ebafia Board member in one of legally questionable deals of the century, which the feds should have investigated to the hilt, who then sold it to Microsoft.

I didn't re name ebay to ebafia for no reason.

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by: hopeforthebest This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 28 19:47:49 2017

I just have to ask...

How exactly are Donahoe, Whitman and Weinig guilty of 'treason', which the Constitution defines as:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

The only thing less intelligent than Ebay's current management is this kind of meaningless commentary, which is impossible to take seriously.

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by: retrolink This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 29 07:02:49 2017

no
SHE is the one who ruined ebay. All she did was to figure out ways to hurt the sellers financially by manipulating everything so as to increase corporate profits at sellers expense. Why not bring the original owner 'omar' in to run ebay. I wish ebay would go back to the way it was 15 years ago. All they have to do is make listings free and revert back to a flat equal search for all without the Gerrymandering and they would go through the roof. my guess would be that they would be so big that they could give Amazon a run for the money. My dream does not include Meg. Maybe they could make it fun again.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Tue Aug 29 08:41:46 2017

@hopeforthebest
"treason"
I don't go so far as to shout treason but maybe some see it as eBay aiding foreign enemies in a trade war against Americans?

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