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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Amidst ongoing changes to try to jump-start its core business, eBay posts a second-quarter earnings drop but beats analysts' consensus expectations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
eBay announces a new no-insertion-fee pricing platform for low-volume sellers and details of the buyer protection program create a stir.
The market in reproductions slows the illicit antiquities trade on eBay. In other news, eBay announces that the Vancouver customer service center will close.
eBay's new dispute process antagonizes sellers and pleases buyers with fast turnaround times and a pro-buyer bias.
eBay announces the sale of StumbleUpon and the spin-off of Skype into a separate company via IPO.
eBay announces a new social networking initiative, planning to use the OpenSocial platform to enable user-contributed Selling Manager tools.
eBay announces an invitation-only test of its rewards program, eBay Bucks, and offers more details on its "app store" plans.
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.
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.
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.
Reeling in the midst of a financial crisis, an American family auctions themselves on eBay in search of corporate sponsorship.
Unable to refinance their mortgage, a family in the American midwest places their fully finished luxury cave for sale on eBay.
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 Meg Whitman mulls a run for the governorship of California, to succeed actor-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.
eBay expands the list of accepted payment systems on its core marketplace website to include Moneybookers, PayMate, and ProPay.
Rumors circulate that eBay will sell online voice and communication service Skype after failing to find affinities between Skype and its core business.
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.
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 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? 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: eBay and Yahoo join in an advertising and payment alliance designed to hedge against growth by Google and Microsoft
Moving into direct competition with Amazon.com, eBay leverages its existing auction listings business to create a one-click, shopping cart-based online store.
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 launch the holiday season with a record Thanksgiving weekend, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, as well as several holiday-oriented promitions.
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.