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eBay News Archive

Here you'll find links to past articles and blog posts offering news about the eBay marketplace, the eBay community, eBay the business, and the changes that continue to shape each of them over time.

Upcoming eBay Changes and Google Wave
September 30, 2009

eBay Blogs to close October 31st, 2009; Bill Me Later to be transparently rolled out over fall season; new Top-Rated Seller status beings to appear in listings. Google Wave invites begin to hit eBay at extravagant prices.

$63k Dinner and Skype Lawsuit
September 20, 2009

An Alabama woman pays $63,500 on eBay for a chance to have dinner with former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin. Meanwhile, the founders of Skype file suit against eBay, alleging that eBay violated copyright.

Skype Sold, GM Program Extended
September 3, 2009

eBay sells a 65 percent share in VOIP communications giant Skype to a group of private equity and venture capital funds. GM extends its west coast eBay partnership after a summer of mixed results.

California to Liquidate on eBay
August 26, 2009

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger decides the time is ripe to begin selling the state's vehicles, furniture, computers, and various other kinds of items on eBay in the "Great California Garage Sale," a bid to raise sorely needed cash.

GM's eBay Store Goes Online
August 16, 2009

GM and eBay team up to launch GM's new eBay store, a California-based pilot program through which the public can buy new GM cars online from local dealers.

More Selling Platform Changes
August 1, 2009

eBay announces yet another round of major changes to its selling platform and policies, including a new Top-Rated Seller program and a revamping of minimum DSR ratings for active sellers.

Second Quarter Earnings Fall
July 22, 2009

Amidst ongoing changes to try to jump-start its core business, eBay posts a second-quarter earnings drop but beats analysts' consensus expectations.

Analysts More Bullish on eBay
July 9, 2009

Though it's guarded optimism, it's optimism nonetheless as Jeffries & Co. and Collins Steward toy with the idea of declaring a bottom in the decline of eBay's core marketplace business.

Jackson Memorabilia Floods eBay
July 1, 2009

eBay is flooded by Michael Jackson memorabilia in the days following the singer's untimely death, but experts suggest that buyers exercise caution to avoid being taken advantage of.

'09 eBay DevCon, Internet Retailer Conferences
June 22, 2009

Announcements and details about strategy and focus from the 2009 eBay Developers Conference in San Jose and the Internet Retailer 2009 Conference & Exhibition in Boston.

The $25k Challenge and June Changes
June 10, 2009

eBay rolls out a "$25,000 Sellers Challenge" competition to drive entrepreneurship and growth amongst eBay members. Also, changes to seller policy and features in April scheduled to take effect during June.

Facebook to Become an eBay Competitor?
June 3, 2009

As eBay simultaneously adopts social networking features while moving away from user-to-user transactions, Facebook appears to prepare to invade the user-to-user social-networking-plus-ecommerce space with its own virtual currency platform.

Rabois: eBay Not Fun Anymore
May 23, 2009

eBay's performance as of late hasn't been what it once was, sparking changes to policies and to the core business that have been controversial amongst both buyers and sellers. Is eBay's mistake the assumption that they're a commerce site in the first place?

New Fee Structure, Fakes Policy
May 15, 2009

eBay announces a new no-insertion-fee pricing platform for low-volume sellers and details of the buyer protection program create a stir.

Antiquities Slowdowns, Vancouver Closure
May 7, 2009

The market in reproductions slows the illicit antiquities trade on eBay. In other news, eBay announces that the Vancouver customer service center will close.

New Dispute Process Antagonizes
April 27, 2009

eBay's new dispute process antagonizes sellers and pleases buyers with fast turnaround times and a pro-buyer bias.

Skype, StumbleUpon to Go
April 18, 2009

eBay announces the sale of StumbleUpon and the spin-off of Skype into a separate company via IPO.

Selling Manager to Use OpenSocial
April 9, 2009

eBay announces a new social networking initiative, planning to use the OpenSocial platform to enable user-contributed Selling Manager tools.

eBay Tests Rewards Program, App Store
April 3, 2009

eBay announces an invitation-only test of its rewards program, eBay Bucks, and offers more details on its "app store" plans.

World Wowed by Anti-Bug Lasers
March 24, 2009

The science world is comically abuzz with news that researchers have used spare parts bought on eBay to build an automated anti-insect laser extermination system.

Analyst Day Reveals Shift in Emphasis
March 15, 2009

Dissection of eBay's analyst day presentation reveals a shift in strategy and focus going forward, moving away from the online auction and small seller model.

Donahoe to Focus on Other Markets
March 12, 2009

CEO John Donahoe's presentation at the annual eBay shareholders' meeting offers a new strategic vision for eBay that focuses on large liquidators and PowerSellers.

Family Seeks Corporate Sponsor on eBay
March 5, 2009

Reeling in the midst of a financial crisis, an American family auctions themselves on eBay in search of corporate sponsorship.

Family Sells Luxury Cave on eBay
February 26, 2009

Unable to refinance their mortgage, a family in the American midwest places their fully finished luxury cave for sale on eBay.

Rowling Upset by eBay Sale
February 19, 2009

Widely read Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is upset at the sale of early personal sketches and drawings by a U.K. collector on eBay.

Former eBay CEO to Run for Governor?
February 11, 2009

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman mulls a run for the governorship of California, to succeed actor-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.

eBay to Allow Additional Payment Systems
February 5, 2009

eBay expands the list of accepted payment systems on its core marketplace website to include Moneybookers, PayMate, and ProPay.

Rumors of Skype Sale Proliferate
January 28, 2009

Rumors circulate that eBay will sell online voice and communication service Skype after failing to find affinities between Skype and its core business.

Fixed-Price Changes at eBay
August 22, 2008

eBay's latest round of policy changes show that eBay continues to move toward a more formal e-commerce style model. Fixed price listings and electronic payments are in, as are additional strikes against problem sellers.

Controversial Changes at eBay
February 13, 2008

For 2008 eBay has announced a series of fee, feedback system, and policy changes that encourage some types of selling while greatly discouraging others. The seller community is up in arms, and some buyers aren't too thrilled either. Here's what the fuss is about.

eBay to Launch Ad Network
June 11th, 2006

eBay has announced its intention to launch a new ad words program called AdContext that will drive viewers from outside eBay to context-correct auction listings inside eBay.

Microsoft To Acquire eBay?
May 27th, 2006

Microsoft To Acquire eBay? A story in today's New York Post suggests that Microsoft is in talks to acquire eBay as an addition to its lagging Microsoft Network service.

eBay, Yahoo To Form Online Alliance
May 25th, 2006

eBay, Yahoo To Form Online Alliance: eBay and Yahoo join in an advertising and payment alliance designed to hedge against growth by Google and Microsoft

eBay Launches eBay Express
April 25th, 2006

Moving into direct competition with Amazon.com, eBay leverages its existing auction listings business to create a one-click, shopping cart-based online store.

eBay vs. the Google Juggernaut
April 24th, 2006

Google's recent moves into online sales, payments, and talk compete directly with eBay's core auction business, its craigslist holdings, and its Skype property. Will eBay team up with Microsoft or Yahoo! to outflank a growing Google?

eBay and PayPal Start the Holiday Shopping Season

eBay and PayPal launch the holiday season with a record Thanksgiving weekend, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, as well as several holiday-oriented promitions.

An eBay 1999-2009 Timeline

The first decade of the 21st century was a time of rapid growth and change for online retail in general, and for eBay in particular, who was instrumental in shaping today's e-commerce world.
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