Just to add some more fuel to Rowan’s on-going discussion of a Trade Me API and gadgets, a group of Stanford design(!) students releases a Firefox eBay toolbar (actually a hacked version of Firefox) with big implications.
The toolbar does the basics, but also removes all paid advertising and shows photos for all results of a search – not just for featured items. Those are two big sources of revenue for eBay, and if the product takes off then watch out..
It appears the motivation is that eBay has been so slow in delivering their own product. Why a toolbar is a must have, I’m not sure, but there you go.
Of course it isn’t going to take of… unless of course it gets featured on, say, Slashdot..