EBay’s Traffic Drops Amid Identity Crisis; Denies Deal with G.M.

It has been a year and a half since Meg Whitman said she would hand the chief executive’s office at eBay to John Donahoe, and at least by some measures, the company continues to lose traction with both buyers and sellers.Ina Steiner, the editor of AuctionBytes, a news service for eBay sellers, just published an analysis of eBay’s Web traffic. EBay’s audience — measured by the number of unique visitors in a month — has historically been significantly higher than that of Amazon.com. But eBay’s traffic began to decline sharply last fall, and it dropped below that of Amazon in November, based on numbers from Nielsen.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/10/ebays-traffic-drops-amid-identity-crisis/Also see:EBay Says It Has No Deal Yet With G.M.
As General Motors emerged from bankruptcy protection on Friday, it appeared to get its signals crossed with the e-commerce giant eBay.In a statement heralding its new corporate structure and revitalized outlook, the automaker said it was working on new ways to make car-buying more convenient, including forging a partnership with eBay in California to sell new cars on its eBay Motors auction site.
http://nytimes.com/2009/07/11/technology/internet/11ebay.htmlGM aims for eBay test partnership in California
General Motors and its dealers are aiming for a test program with eBay Inc in California that would allow customers to bid on new vehicles or buy them at a predetermined price online, the automaker said on Friday.EBay said it has been in discussions with GM, which emerged from bankruptcy on Friday as a much smaller automaker, to identify ways to help dealers market vehicles but no plans had been finalized at this time.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-40965020090710

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