eBay Inc. Q4 results round-up
Last week eBay Inc. reported its fourth quarter results. There’s plenty of comment out there so I thought I’d cut some of the wheat from the chaff and give you a round-up. the overview is: not bad, nothing stellar. The suggested PayPal spin off is really the big story.
Techcrunch probably gives the best breakdown and helicopter view of the results here.
As per, Scot Wingo of ChannelAdvisor analyses the report with a specialist mindset and provides a seller perspective on his eBay Strategies Blog.
ZDNet looks at the results and considers PayPal’s contribution more keenly.
The suggestion from Carl Icahn that eBay should spin off PayPal (which eBay has rebuffed) has got plenty of coverage. This piece by Reuters is concise and clear.
“Good news! Auction format sales are down!!”
I simply cannot work out why ebay perceive this message as good news? Don’t they understand that auctions draw in traffic? Every recent move by ebay has made auctions less attractive for everybody buyers and sellers. If ebay are so dissatisfied with auctions why don’t they simply announce a deadline for the end of the auction format sale? Get it over and done with rather than going through the motions in small incremental stages.