Keepmore – a Xero lookalike targets eBay sellers

Keepmore is a US product in the same space as Xero – simplified accounting through the web. ‘Accounting for the rest of us’ is their slogan, and they offer a package so that you “don’t need to know accounting, where to find deductions or keep up with tax laws”. Their costs are a lot more …

eBay and Google tussle

For the last few days eBay USA has pulled its Google ads, after Google planned a huge Google Checkout party during eBay’s annual seller conference. The party was eventually canceled (eBay owns PayPal of course, the main payments platform), but the ads have not reappeared yet. I wonder (hope) whether eBay will actually look at …

Trade Me too cheap at $700m+$50m?

Apparently Sam thinks so – and so do (and did) I, but $700m guaranteed in the hand is much more interesting than maybe a billion in a year. That $700m got invested remember, and the 12 shareholders were either going to be really wealthy, or, well – really wealthy. What would you have done? especially …

Ferrit’s Sale

Ferrit’s sale. Seems that their 20% off sale is the fruition of the ‘unsubstantiated rumour. Retailers get to sell their products cheaper, Ferrit cops the bill. Actually I feel this is a pretty good promotion, as it drives people to actually do a transaction, rather than just to visit the website. I have not seen …

Shill bidder cops a $US475,000 fine

It’s good to see eBay fraud dealt with in the USA – though the scale of it boggles the mind. A jewellery company placed an amazing 232,000 ‘shill’ bids on their own auctions in just a year… …and got caught. That’s the problem with committing fraud online – you leave a very easy trail to …

eCommerce is slow to launch in Australia

Right on cue (after the last post graphically showing the lack of a non-Trade Me eCommerce industry) comes a quote from the head of eBay Australia lamenting the same issue in Australia: eBay Tells Retailers To Focus On Online Operations “Major Australian retailers are falling behind their counterparts in other markets in the area of …

A future for newspapers?

Andy Kessler’s A Future for Newspapers in the (subscription required) WSJ makes a few good points: “Media, after all, is about owning a pipe …. The tighter the pipe, the less the competition.” For broadcasters, the pipe is spectrum For cable operators, it is often the sole cable franchise For phone companies, it’s those regulated …

Amazon shipping… more thoughts

To close the loop on earlier posts – the last of my 19 packages containing 22 books arrived shortly after the rest. Isn’t that a sight? They all came from the same US address, albeit a different one than the other books. None came from Germany – which has happened often in the past. Actually …

eBay firefox extension toolbar

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 …

Drop off stores – will they work here?

Thinking of opening some Trade Me drop-off stores? After all – there is a gap in the market right? Drop off stores are big in the USA – they are places where you bring items for sale on eBay, and they list and sell them on eBay for you. The stores necessarily take a huge …

Amazon continues to make me think..

The other day I was surprised that Amazon was going to ship my order of 21 books in 19 different packages. On Friday night I picked up the first round of arrivals from Amazon. Over two days five boxes had arrived, each containing one book. Four of the books were identical (photo), and all of …

Netguide, Stuff, Trade Me, Pimp my plane…..

On the one hand I am not a big fan of the Netguide awards methodology. On the other hand Stuff managed to glean two awards (Best media site and best homepage), while Trade Me took home three more. Thanks to everyone that voted for us – both Trade Me and Stuff. It was a huge …

Comparing Trade Me and eBay by the numbers

I’m not sure how many people realise just how good Trade Me is. Let’s look at some comparative public numbers against eBay. There are plenty of reasons behind the differences, and I’ll write about the publicly known ones sooner or later. Auctions Here’s an excerpt from a reply I made to this great post on …

Amazon logistics: single shipping

I ordered 21 books from Amazon¬†the other day, choosing, as I always do, ‘expidited international shipping’. The books normally get shipped in 2 or 3 boxes, but this was my email inbox¬† this morning….. Has Amazon figured that it is actually cheaper to ship items by piece to NZ than in a few bigger boxes? …