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    It looks like eBay bans all of their Paypal competition though. I don't think it's anything specifically against Google.

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    Panic moves at eBay signal Google Checkout will be more then just a flash in the dark.
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    eBay has a lot of things to worry about these days, eh? CJ, google, et al...
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    So, anyone starting a pool on how long we have to wait for GoogleAuctions?

    I see GA including:

    - integration into Froogle (and thereby the SERPs) instead of eBay
    - no listing fees to start
    - a click-and-drag interface to make pretty listing pages (google page builder)
    - an API that can do everything eBay's can do and more
    - an affiliate program to try to cut that leg out from under eBay
    - auction ads in adsense, to get their auctions EVERYWHERE
    ...

    what am I missing?

    Yes, I realize that everyone else has tried to knock eBay off the top of the hill. Yahoo tried and failed. Amazon tried and failed.

    But Google has the reach to pull this off. And I suspect they would rather beat eBay at their own game than call foul in the courts. Really, which would be a sweeter victory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrrl
    So, anyone starting a pool on how long we have to wait for GoogleAuctions?
    Sounds very likely! What other lucrative projects might Google get into?
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    I think it would be hard to dislodge ebay from the top.
    It would be a sideline for google vs. ebays main business. A lot of people have spent years building up their ebay rep...., plus on the other end there are many that are tech challenged and would be resistant to switch over.

    But, a serious committed challenge from G would definately have ebay sweating a bit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by simcat
    I think it would be hard to dislodge ebay from the top.
    It would be a sideline for google vs. ebays main business. A lot of people have spent years building up their ebay rep...., plus on the other end there are many that are tech challenged and would be resistant to switch over.

    But, a serious committed challenge from G would definately have ebay sweating a bit!
    You don't think it's possible for economic kingpins to topple?

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    eBay may seem invincible ... but given market/economic factors and some type of situation that might work against the company ... you never know.
    On the other hand, eBay may prosper, so who knows?
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    Bringing free auctions/fixed price listings in such a large scale Google could do some major damage especially with the Google Checkout option. Though, just like they said they would never compete against paypal Google also said the same thing about Ebay.

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    "You don't think it's possible for economic kingpins to topple?"

    Oh, I believe its possible, I've seen recent google serps.

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    What other lucrative projects might Google get into?
    Google dating. They could call it "Snuggle."

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    LOL. Have you SEO'd your personal?!?!

    Or pay per click dating, perhaps?
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    eBay blows more money on worthless PPCSE keywords then any other enity on earth. It sure should piss them as the largest Adwords customer that they are automatically barred from even using the soon to be ROI effective Google-Checkout logo on any PPCSE listing.... Let the Google CPA, Gauction, and Gpay initiative begin, as it will eventually spotlight and reward those who can put real value into a click... from a shoppers viewpoint.
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    Yes with the current attitude among many of ebay's powersellers, some healthy competition is greatly welcomed. Ebay totally pulled the rug out from many sellers after their stores in search fiasco. Give 1000's of store sellers a huge increase in sales, and then pull the plug on it claiming buyer confusion.(real translation, reduced revenue from auction listings) I do expect google to expand into the auction or p2p venue and the timing couldn't be any better in my opinion.

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    Google can be a REAL competition for Ebay. Ebay sellers are always looking for an alternative but nobody has been able to bring in buyers. Naturally the sellers have to put up with ebay because they go where the buyers are. If Google does things right they can kill ebay.

    Most of the Ebay adwords are Ebay affiliates.

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    I can't wait for gauctions!

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