BTW – John Donahoe is Not Evil, and Neither is eBay- It was a Parody…

Just a quick follow up to my last post...

eBay is not an Evil Empire and John Donahoe is not Dr. Evil.  They may have plans for world domination but every multinational conglomerate does, and there is nothing wrong with that.  

The point of my last article:

1.4 Billion Reasons Why eBay is Walking Away from Auctions

Is more of a parody and not an actual comment on the goodness of the man or the corporation.  eBay does a lot of good in this World and I would be remiss to not mention that fact. John Donahoe seems to be a good man and I am sure he is, even though we have never met.  I have a very positive impression of Lorrie Norrington and over the years, I have met many good people who work for eBay.  It is not an Evil Empire.

eBay is just making its way through transition to a new business model.  We all must do that with changing times, I am doing the same thing with my teeny-tiny business.  Why shouldn't eBay be allowed to do the same?

Many will lament the old eBay, and will proclaim a movement to return to basics... I am afrraid that train has left the station.  If you stick with eBay, and many should... Look forward, not back. 

Agree with recent decisions and moves or not, eBay will be with us for some time to come.  

Enjoy the ride.

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0 Responses to BTW – John Donahoe is Not Evil, and Neither is eBay- It was a Parody…

  1. Hillary October 7, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    What worries me was not your post, Scott, but rather that there are a lot of people out there who honestly think eBay is evil which is insane. They are a company. They give us tools to sell stuff. Sometimes these tools are harder to use than others but they are still just tools.

    Use them, or not. No evil involved even if there is sometimes stupidity. 😉

  2. Bob Cowden October 7, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    I agree ebay is not evil . Evil has intent.In the past ebay has passed from a community to a public company dedicated to growth . When the business could not sustain growth to the stockholder satisfaction ,it had to change or admit failure. All business is based on selling goods or services. What ebay might of missed is it thinks it is selling goods when in fact they are selling services.When customers do not perceive that they are receiving value , they sometimes resort to name calling like evil or not caring. When in fact they are angry for not receiving a preconceived value based on the past for their money. Plenty of people are receiving value from ebay just not enough to insure growth. It is easy to cast blame and spotlight mistakes .It is harder to predict future growth and success. Thus a new start for ebay and an ending for some old customers.

  3. EvilEmpire March 27, 2009 at 4:37 am #

    YES, EBAY IS EVIL. AND YES BOB, EVIL HAS INTENT. EBAY HAD THE INTENT TO CREATE A MONOPOLY ON ONLINE AUCTIONS. THEY MADE MILLIONS OF SMALL BUSINESSES DEPENDENT ON THEM AND THEN PULLED THE RUG OUT. THEY RAISED THE PRICES SKY HIGH AND CREATED RULES WHICH MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR SMALL SELLERS TO DO BUSINESS. THAT’S WHAT MONOPOLIES DO. IF THAT IS NOT EVIL THEN THERE IS NO SUCH THING. MAKING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON YOU TO MAKE A LIVING AND THEN FORCING THEM TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS IS OK I GUESS, AS LONG AS YOU MAKE A PROFIT. JUST LIKE THE RAILROAD (HENCE THE TERM “RAILROADED”) NOT EVIL AT ALL… JUST GOOD OL’ BUSINESS. MOST PEOPLE REALLY DON’T CARE HOW MANY SELLERS WERE ELDERLY, DISABLED, STAY AT HOME MOMS, ETC. WHO COULDN’T WORK IN A CONVENTIONAL JOB. IN 20 YEARS PEOPLE WILL BE SAYING “OH MAN, I JUST GOT EBAYED!” ANYBODY WHO CAN UNDERSTAND THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS, CAN SEE THAT A TINY HANDFUL OF PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE RULES (GOOGLE CFR, BUILDERBERG ETC.) INTENDED ON THIS FROM THE START. YOU CAN CALL IT “GLOBALIZATION”, “MANIFEST DESTINY”, “BUSINESS” OR WHATEVER YOU WANT. WHEN A TINY GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO CONTROL THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD’S WEALTH BECOME HELL BENT ON BUILDING PEOPLE UP ONLY TO RIP THEM OFF AND PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS, I CALL IT EVIL.

    THE FUNNY THING IS, EBAY DOES NOTHING BUT HOST A SITE FOR PEOPLE TO SELL ON. THEY MAKE BILLIONS! REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, STUPID AND GULLIBLE PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING THAT YOU TELL THEM THESE DAYS. MOST PEOPLE REALLY THINK THAT A BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HIGH SCHOOL BUSINESS. IF YOU CAN’T SELL WITHOUT PAYING 30% OVERHEAD THEN YOU NEED TO FIND ANOTHER OUTLET OR METHOD TO SELL. EBAY MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO STAY WITHIN ANY KIND OF REASONABLE BUSINESS MODEL AND ANYBODY WITH A SIMPLE UNDERSTANDING OF MATH CAN FIGURE THAT OUT. KEEPING RATES WITHIN A PROFITABLE RANGE WOULD DRIVE BUSINESS THROUGH THE ROOF AND WOULDN’T COST EBAY BUT MAKE THEM EVEN MORE MONEY. EVER HEARD OF CRAIG’S LIST? I GUESS THEY DON’T HAVE A VERY GOOD BUSINESS SINCE THEY’RE NOT RAPING EVERYONE TO DEATH. CASE CLOSED.

  4. EvilEmpire March 27, 2009 at 4:58 am #

    CAN’T FIND THAT LINK TO YOUR EBAY SITE NO WHERES. GO FIGURE…

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