dpd1 - 4:56 pm on Aug 21, 2008 (gmt 0)
I think the problem is that eBay hasn't been able to figure out what it wants to be for years now. One minute it wants to be a sales site, but then still be an auction site. In the end they've done both badly. There's still plenty of people that want to sell used items and also buy used items. I can't believe that demand has dried up. But I think the good buyers went always because eBay got greedy and wanted to try and be a retail site as well. Once they did that, the whole site became bloated with junk. That turned off all the good buyers with real money to spend. I don't understand why they even think they need to compete with something like Amazon... It's two totally different things. They should have stuck to what worked for them, being a good auction site. It may not have made as much money as a giant like Amazon, but how much money do you need to make? Everybody can't be number one.