Im sure there are many people like yourself, and I dont dispute that the service works for some people. But like Google, there are certain areas that the results are not good (eg, more fraud, scams, etc). Whereas Google only points people in the right direction, Ebay is the mechanism by which people have negative experiences, therefore has a larger negative impact on their image.
But, the independent sites with the cheap bazaar look dont fall under the one brand. The sellers on Ebay with bad reputations pass that bad rep back onto Ebay.
A customer gets scammed on a website, then they are unlikely to go back - doesnt matter if the site is a cheap bazaar or Ebay.
Like I said, that was just my impression of Ebay from a limited experience viewing some stuff that interested me. Who knows - I may be the only person on the planet that thinks of Ebay that way?
Exactly - companies will happily go there to sell stuff if it makes them money - business is business.
But I don't think we will ever see IBM announce that Ebay is the sole distributor of their products. ;)