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.
A Monkees song provides the backdrop for one of eBay's "It" TV commercials, and the 1960s-era rock band reflects the Baby Boomer demographic that makes up much of the mom-and-pop seller base that helped make eBay a world leader in electronic commerce.
Thousands of eBay dealers screamed when Jones ran on stage, and many rushed to the front of the vast arena to get their pictures taken standing in front of the Monkees star.
As for news, Whitman and Bill Cobb, president of eBay North America, announced all sorts of changes:
--Next week, eBay will start integrating the Skype phone calling system into eBay listings for autos, real estate and 14 other merchandise categories.
--EBay is launching a mobile "eBay Alerts" service that will let bidders get calls on their cell phones shortly before bidding ends on the items they are trying to buy, allowing them to raise their bids by phone.
--The auctioneer has decided to enforce rules prohibiting "excessive shipping" charges more strictly.
--EBay is raising its seller verification requirements for merchants who want to sell across national borders.
--U.S. Postmaster General John Potter went on stage to announce a special new priority mail box -- just for shoes.
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