Click to enlarge in new tab or window. Artist's conception: what's that behind the green chroma key screen and the sleazy pink curtain.In this cnbc video interview, ebaY CEO John Donahoe makes a couple rather astounding statements.

Starting at about 1 minute into the interview, Mr. Donahoe is asked:  “Anecdotally, I’ve heard from a couple business owners who say they’ve stopped doing business on the platform because of an increase in seller fees. Are you hearing that blowback too?”,  to which he bluntly replied “No, not at all”

Really? … (more…)


Got a chuckle out of this:

The Marketplace Fairness Coalition, a group of businesses from around the country, said that eBay was armed with “inaccurate comments” as it fought the bill.


Q: How does ebaY get one outrageously sleazy news story off the front pages?

A: Supplant it with another farce.

EBay Chief Executive John Donahoe began emailing millions of users of the company’s online marketplace on Sunday in an unprecedented lobbying effort to change looming Federal sales tax legislation.

The e-commerce giant plans to send emails from Donahoe to at least 40 million eBay users, including most sellers on the marketplace. The first messages were sent out Sunday morning.

In the emails, Donahoe said the legislation, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, unfairly burdens small online merchants and asked eBay users to send an email message to members of Congress asking for changes.

The legislation, due to be voted on by the Senate in coming days, gives states the power to compel retailers outside their borders to collect online sales tax. Currently, states can only require merchants with a physical presence within their borders to collect.

The legislation includes an exemption for merchants that generate less than $1 million in annual out-of-state revenue.


Wow! Reuters reporting CEO Donahoe’s entire pay up 81% over last year. The numbers are staggering, yes?

To better understand, if all that money were represented as nickles and dimes, they would stretch clear from his bankbook to Uranus and back.

It’s another one for the ebaY history books.

A picture is worth a thousand…


due to cancer?

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

I’m quite sure the RésuméGate scandal has nothing whatsoever to do with his departure, or my hysterical laughter.

All comedy aside, now it’s time for ebaY (and in particular, John Donahoe) to explain how and why it was that they had that false info on their site for years.

I have a feeling that’s not all.


Maybe the comedy isn’t over yet?  It appears that PR head Amanda Pires, formerly of ebay/paypal PR spokesperson infamy is also stepping down.

Thanks for the laugh. ;p


This is the end result of disruptive innovation.

get free items ebay

I don’t think the Genie is going back in the bottle.

But don’t worry; ebaY has found a new way to get more “wallet share” from the buyers too, this time via secret experiments with the bidding increments.

Does ebaY really seem like a good place to try and buy or sell at?