eBay to de-emphasize auctions, lose all distinctiveness
For a while now, eBay has been offering sellers the option of selling items for a fixed price. This way both the buyer and the seller know exactly how much money will change hands up front. If you search eBay for pretty much any item now, you'll find a ton of "buy it now" listings amidst the sea of auctions.
But now it looks like eBay wants to change the ratio a bit, by lowering seller fees for fixed priced items. This will do three things:
- Make it easier for customers to simply place an order for an item at a specified price instead of waiting a week to find out if they won an auction
- Help eBay compete with the thousands of other web stores offering items for fixed prices
- Kill off one of the things that really made eBay special
Then again, with so many people using eBay, when was the last time you really got a bargain as a buyer?