Jasons, vianet and Trade Me.

A new beta travel site from Jasons. Interestingly they are targeting Australia and the South Pacific as well as NZ. They have 168 listings for Wellington. Vianet, Trade Me’s Travel partner, has 80. However, Jason’s site only displays 10 results at a time, doesn’t map them at all. The battle is on. My money (and …

Facebook, LinkedIn and Second Life…

Sometimes I really have to sit back and wonder at our short memories… Facebook is the new new thing it seems, even though it has been around since 2004 – starting at Harvard and spreading to other Boston and Ivy League universities. I have an ivy league alumni email address, so in theory could have …

eBay.fr drops gallery fees

eBay France will now give away Gallery for free – when you pay for listings. eBay, unlike Trade Me, charges a listing price, which varies by the size of the reserve. eBay France have now boosted that price, but every auction gets a picture in their search results for free. Interestingly eBay.fr has also dropped …

10 tips for Telecom’s outsourcing to Manila

I’m actually ok with Telecom outsourcing part of their broadband help-desk support to Manila – as long as they do it right, which, knowing Telecom, they won’t. Here are some implementation tips for them…. Firstly, don’t let the Filipinos pretend that they are sitting in Waikanae or Auckland. That’s insulting to them and insulting to …

Wellosphere Interconectedness

Brenda L (who this blog thinks, for some strange reason, is kiwgrll) has a great post on the interconnectedness of the Wellington blog community – the Wellosphere perhaps. Let me tweak a few things. Rowan no longer works at Trade Me – he is at Xero, where Rod is the founder/CEO. I’m also gone from …

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 …

xtramsn split – the results appear for the first time

We are told in the NZHerald that Yahoo!xtra gets 4-500,000 UB’s a week and 12-14m page impressions. Could we see the source for that information? Yahoo!xtra isn’t on NetRatings and so we have no evidence that this is true? Let’s graph it, and I stress, these figures are not at all comparable – the Yahoo! …

How to hire the best people you’ve ever worked with..

Actually that’s a title of an entry of Marc Andreessen‘s new blog. He’s the sort of guy that gets 48,562 pageviews in his first 4.5 days of blogging. I imagine Sam Morgan would get a similar (NZ scaled) response if he started blogging. I agree with Marc’s criteria for hiring good people – (Intelligence,) Drive, …

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 …

NZ Retail stats: How is Ferrit doing?

I’ve updated the New Zealand Retail site daily stats referred to in a previous post. Once again it is Nielsen NetRatings data, for domestic traffic. First and foremost- Trade Me is still the only online retailer in New Zealand (aside from airlines) Let’s look at that by hours spent on site – this is Unique …