rominosj - 8:21 pm on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)
I think google is trying to rule the e-commerce world by ruling searches, statistics and online payments. With online payments, they are able to tell what sells best after knowing what people search thru their engines and how people behave through google analytics. Give it a couple of years, and G will compete with Amazon as well by offering all high demand products. So, for me it is not that it wants to compete with ebay or trying to offer the service for free, but instead that they want to rule online commerce.