PodSession: eBay shopping for partners

According to The Wall Street Journal eBay is talking to Microsoft and Yahoo! about partnerships that could help the auction giant better compete against Google and its expanding offerings. EBay is a large advertising spender but sees Google’s moves into e-commerce as a threat to its main businesses in auctions, PayPal, and Skype. Should eBay and other companies be afraid of Google as the search company expands to new areas? Is it fair to eBay sellers to exclude a large referral source such as Google?

I think eBay is just asserting itself in the marketplace and shopping around for some better deals with large ad accounts. Executives from Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! will visit eBay to try and calm them down with some strategic partnerships and eBay might realize it paid McKinsey & Co a little too much.

Om and I talked about products we would love to see eBay build and we think they have the unique assets to make it happen. I’d love to see eBay develop better tools for shareware developers to easily list their software on Shopping.com or within eBay auctions, and handle software sales through PayPal. I’d also like to see eBay offer software such as Intuit QuickBooks Online to its power sellers.

Om and I discuss these issues and more in this week’s PodSession, eBay shopping for partners. The podcast is 20 minutes in length, a 9 MB download.


Commentary on "PodSession: eBay shopping for partners":

  1. Michael Larocque on wrote:

    Hi Niall,

    As one who has a lot of podcasts in iTunes (downloaded automatically from my aggregator, NNW), I really depend on meta data to sort them out. Could you please put fill in the Artist field in the mp3 files? Please. When I looked in iTunes just now, the only field that was filled in was ‘Name’, i.e. “eBay shopping for partners”. I have no idea who produced this without at least listening to it. Please do you readers/listeners a favour. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. :) Thanks. Love the podcasts by the way!


  2. Niall Kennedy on wrote:

    Hmmm, that’s odd. I add lots of meta data in iTunes but for some reason it’s not making it to your player. I’ll look into it.

  3. Michael Larocque on wrote:

    Hmmm, that is odd. Please let me know if I can help debug this in any way. In the most recent podcast, the only metadata appears to be the photo of you and Om, and the title, “eBay shopping for partners”. Everything else is blank. I’m on a Mac, 10.4.6. My aggregator is NewsNetWire 2.1b33, although this seems to have been a long term issue with this podcast. Again, let me know if I can help in any way.