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Archive: June 2006

What "It" Is eBay Wants

Acrobats and an Elvis impersonator warmed up the eBay crowd at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Thursday for the Baby Boomer-era rock concert by Huey Lewis & the News. The gala dinner concert was a fitting end to the fifth-annual "eBay Live" convention aimed mostly at people who...

By Leslie Walker | June 16, 2006; 1:51 AM ET | Comments (8)

Alibaba and the eBay Thieves

Two rivals of eBay came to Las Vegas to do guerilla marketing during eBay's user convention, but only one got real up close and personal with eBay. That was Corp., the parent of eBay's main auction rival in China, Taobao. Alibaba set up shop inside a restaurant at the...

By Leslie Walker | June 15, 2006; 8:54 PM ET | Comments (30)

Back to Collectibles

I sat down here in Vegas with Skip McGrath, author of two eBay books, who lives north of Seattle. After selling on eBay for more than six years, he's seen many changes. "In 1999 when I started, eBay was a license to print money. You cannot believe how easy it...

By Leslie Walker | June 15, 2006; 5:36 PM ET | Comments (4)

eBay, live and in Person

Today is the third and final day of the eBay convention, which features a ton of educational seminars and networking events. The goal is to give the 1.3 million sellers who earn at least part of their living from behind their computer screens a chance to meet one another and...

By Leslie Walker | June 15, 2006; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (5)

In Search of eBay

At the seminars here this year, eBay sellers are showing an amazing boost in familiarity with technology compared with similar sessions I attended last year and the year before. The exhibit floor at eBay Live. (Leslie Walker-The Washington Post) Yesterday I sat through a jam-packed session on "search engine optimization."...

By Leslie Walker | June 15, 2006; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Many Shoes Are in This Man's Closet?

EBay's high-volume sellers, known as "power sellers," are a colorful lot. Consider Edwin Dodson, who let out a belly shriek Tuesday when U.S. postmaster general John Potter announced that the Postal Service is releasing a new priority-mail shoebox available for free to eBay sellers. EBay shoe vendor Edwin Dodson watches...

By Leslie Walker | June 14, 2006; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blogs, Wikis, Guides, Reviews ... What Next?

Ok, eBay-ers, now's your chance to blog yourself crazy writing about those vintage Mickey Mouse wristwatches you've been collecting for 17 years. EBay just launched a new free service it calls Ebay blogs, allowing anyone to create and publish a blog on the site. Who would want to do that?...

By Leslie Walker | June 14, 2006; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hey, Hey, We're the Monkees

EBay chief executive Meg Whitman debuted many new features and policies for eBay's marketplace in her keynote speech Tuesday night, but it was the surprise concert by singer Davy Jones of the Monkees that got the crowd roaring on its feet. Davy Jones provided Tuesday night's entertainment. (Leslie Walker-The Washington...

By Leslie Walker | June 14, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

EBay + Skype + PayPal = ??

EBay chief executive Meg Whitman outlined her latest vision for eBay's future this morning to the 75 or so people who showed up at the glitzy Wynn casino for the company's 11-minute shareholder meeting. After routinely electing eBay's board of directors, ratifying the selection of an accounting firm and passing...

By Leslie Walker | June 13, 2006; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

EBay2Skype: Talk2PayPal!

As she did at the company's meeting with analysts last month, Whitman gave highlights of how she sees eBay, PayPal and Skype expanding beyond their original roots. Her plans for Skype may be the most ambitious, since the online calling service today earns little revenue despite the fact that more...

By Leslie Walker | June 13, 2006; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ebay Takes Page from Google's Book

Since Google is fast becoming eBay's biggest rival, it shouldn't surprise anyone that eBay debuted its own version of Google's syndicated search advertising program here this week. Called AdContext, the new ad program will let owners of other Web sites put software snippets on their pages to automatically display auction...

By Leslie Walker | June 13, 2006; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

eBay's Sweet Spot -- Hard to Find Stuff

Speaking of selling into the boonies, an eBay seller from Baltimore whom I met on the flight from BWI told me she sells a lot of merchandise to people who have trouble reaching the malls where most of America shops. It may be because they live in remote areas, or...

By Leslie Walker | June 13, 2006; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Veterans Sell Into the Boonies

One Chicago couple I talked to seemed happy with how eBay is managing the auction site and expanding into new areas, such as its purchase of Internet phone pioneer Skype. EBay "trading assistants" Janet Treuhaft and Johnny Conlisk see possibilities in the company's acquisition of Skype. (Leslie Walker-The Washington Post)...

By Leslie Walker | June 13, 2006; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Catching the eBay Wave

There's been much talk over the past year over whether eBay's auction business may be reaching a growth plateau, but here at its user convention newbie sellers are still flocking in to learn from the veterans how to start and run a business on the sprawling site. "I'm not sure...

By Leslie Walker | June 13, 2006; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

eBay Goes to Sin City

The adult fantasyland of Las Vegas seems a fitting place for eBay to have a middle-age crisis, especially with the mercury hovering at 100 degrees here as some 15,000 sellers stream into the city for the Internet auctioneer's fifth annual user convention. The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (Leslie...

By Leslie Walker | June 12, 2006; 11:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

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Over the course of a year, Washington Post and journalists travel to a number of conferences, conventions and expositions. At these events, the luminaries of the technology industry display, demonstrate and discuss their visions of the future, from upcoming products to far-reaching trends. Whenever we decide to cover those...

By Bob Greiner | June 12, 2006; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)


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