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Thursday, June 22, 2006

eBay eventually integrates with Skype for good

So there we are. eBay eventually issued a press release stating clearly how it was intending to make Skype fit in its universe (eBay + Paypal, and soon Fon?): buyers will be able to contact sellers through Skype when considering buying an expensive item (like jewels, a piece of Art, a car, a sockets company, etc.). This, according to eBay, should help close deals faster, enhancing trust and confidence in both parties´ abilities to pursue the transaction.

Though I cannot come up right now with a smarter idea to integrate eBay & Skype, I believe the move (to be probably extended to all items soon) is too easy to be value creative - especially for sellers. The whole point of eBay relies on its asynchronous properties: I can sell my books while sleeping! And I definitely don´t want to waste my time chatting with every single eBay user, or I´d rather go to the flea market and liquidate everything.

I´m all the more convinced that eBay purchased Skype - for a mere $bn 2.6, just to prevent someone else (Google? Yahoo? Microsoft?) from buying the Skype technology and voIP market share out. And such a way of playing with one´s shareholders money, to my mind, jeopardizes the executive team´s credibility.


  • The fact is that Ebay paid $bn 2.6 for a firm that merely has $M60 in yearly revenues. So either they see in it a fantastic tool that can boost sales and generate millions in revenues...or, as you said Jerem, they didn't want someone else to buy it.
    With the first hypotesis, comes the question: how?
    With the second hypotesis comes the question: why?

    Anyway. Too many questions for this morning.

    By Blogger Jedi, at 6/23/2006 11:27:00 AM  

  • Dear Jedi,

    Your raise two extremely interesting questions I´ll make sure I think about in the coming days. Many thanks.

    And "May the force be with you"!

    By Blogger Jeremy Fain, at 6/23/2006 03:37:00 PM  

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