eBay creating competition for its own sellers!

29 May 2007

Corey Kossack

Corey Kossack is a Managing Partner at Game Change Ventures, focusing on partnering and consulting with startups in the areas of social media, consumer Internet and e-commerce. Corey is also an Operating Partner at Game Change Ventures' first Internet startup, Addoway, a social marketplace that helps you buy and sell with your friends and the people they know. Formerly Corey was one of the world's largest retailers on eBay, built a $1M company from scratch at age 23, has led multiple startups and received numerous awards for his entrepreneurial achievements.

It is rare that I get upset with eBay, but this one hits really close to home…

As Ina Steiner pointed out on her AuctionBytes Blog, eBay is now sending DVD shoppers to Netflix. When someone searches for a DVD on eBay (for example, type in “Sopranos DVD” into a search), a big banner will appear at the top advertising netflix as an alternative to purchasing on eBay.

DVD sellers (myself included) spend thousands of dollars each month in insertion fees to get our items noticed on eBay. How can eBay think it is ok to do this? I see this as a major conflict of interest and plan to bring it up at eBay Live.

This one just really bothers me.

Corey Kossack is one of eBay’s “Top Sellers” through his eBay store, Koss DVD He is also author of eBay Millionaire or Bust and creator of ProfitBuilderSoftware.com, an online software tool designed to reduce eBay fees and maximize profits for eBay sellers.

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