Ebay Is Great!

Yes, eBay is pretty cool for a number of reasons.

  1. It is possible to get some absolutely excellent deals on eBay. I just purchsed a new set of development controls for ASP.NET. They are called RadControls from Telerik.I had been thinking about buying these for a while and as I got closer to purchasing I decided to look on eBay. As luck would have it, I found another developer selling the exact same suite and I bid and won. I got the set for an incredibly good price!!

    You do have to be very careful though as there are a lot of scammers on eBay, so watch out!

  2. You can get setup as a seller very easily and start selling items. Yes, there is a lot of competition, but a lot of the compettion is, frankly, pretty poor. Most competition is on price, which is not strange considering it’s an auction site.But you can sell high ticket items on eBay too. There are even people selling homes, jets, luxury cars etc. If you want to sell items over $15000 you have to complete some extra sign up steps. So you see, that eBay has matured somewhat. In fact, eBay is huge, gigantic actually and even bought PayPal last year. They paid a ridiculously low fee for PayPal and the two services combined are awesome.

    Taken public in 1998, eBay’s market capitalization is currently some $45 billion.

  3. Traffic. Yep, the good ole life blood of the Internet. The numbers of people buying and selling on eBay each day are staggering. An you can hook into that traffic stream by putting up a listing or running a Classified Ad.eBay also has a listing website for free classified ads called Kijiji.They were working with Craigslist and rumour has it dumped Craig for some reason and then launched their own listing service for free ads to compete with Craigslist.Today eBay hosts retail and wholesale transactions on websites in 27 countries and serves buyers and sellers around the globe, to the tune of tens of millions of transactions every day http://ebay.about.com/od/ebaylifestyle/a/el_business.htm.

    So, there are 3 great reasons to take a look underthe hood of eBay and maybe clear some of that crap out of your garage or loft or spare room etc. Go on, give it a try…

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One Response to Ebay Is Great!

  1. Todd September 4, 2007 at 8:41 am #

    Just a quick comment on the great RadControls find. It is actually illegal to resell the RadControls. From the license agreement:

    “You are not allowed to resell, transfer, rent, lease, or sublicense the SOFTWARE and your associated rights.”

    Obviously, any version of the RadControls you get from eBay will also lack support and updates. If you’re seriously planning on using the RadControls in a production project, I’d encourage any readers of this blog to use legitimate tracks for purchase. It’s the only way to guarantee you’re getting the most up-to-date and production ready code.


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