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  • PositiveSign PositiveSign Sep 30, 1998 12:45 AM Flag


    Yeah, EBAY is doing great now, but competition is
    here now in
    a big time. If EBAY has to battle with
    a small firm like uBid,
    fine, EBAY has no
    problem dealing with it. But remember, Yahoo
    has the
    brand name and it's free. Its new auction site
    needs some tweaking and improving, but as they improve
    gradually, you know it's gonna be a tough battle for
    EBAY is making money now, but it's not they are making
    of dollars. The money they make is very minimal. As
    competition becomes more intense, EBAY's revenue can
    from plus to minus quickly. If EBAY wants to be the
    YHOO or AMZN, EBAY has to change its business
    model to more
    varieties instead of just doing the p
    to p business only. Let's
    look at YHOO as an
    example, YHOO is not just a search engine,
    it branches
    out many different things to increase the
    Right now, I just don't see EBAY to become who's
    Anyhow, EBAY is a good stock for short term, not a long
    choice yet. Plus I still think the current price is
    pretty high.
    If it drops back down to 30 range later
    on, it is about right.

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    • Besides your grammer leaving a lot to be desired, your logic is even worse. Yahoo isn't free anymore, and when they started charging their market share went from 4% down to 2% - because they suck. Amazon is in no position to compete with anyone - they'll be lucky if they make a profit in the next 5 years - it may be never. There is no competition and there probably never will be any.

    • Yahoo is not free any longer. They charge, and as soon as they started to charge, their auction were almost cut in half. Ebay has branched out. They are constantly adding new features to their site, plus they just bought not too long ago, and it is doing well also.

    • Maybe someone can answer a few questions since I
      don't have a copy of the perspectus. Since the two main
      guys who started E-Bay own more than half the company
      and they sold about 30 something million shares at
      $18, what are they planning to do with those funds?
      I'm sure advertising and infastructure improvements
      are on the table, but who else is going to serve on
      the board. Since Goldman underwrote the auction, are
      they on the board? Since EBay has entered the largest
      Auction in the World (NASDAQ), I see that they only show
      a small amount of earnings. And I also realize that
      the fundamentals look ridiculous now..but who's left
      in the internet market that can come out of the box
      like these guys? I surf the net and saw Geocities go
      public (who can understand that one), but I feel this
      stock can't lose in the next four years. Anyone who
      uses EBay realizes just how addictive and efficient it
      really is and it can't help making money. Especially if
      there are 700,000 auctions going on any given day!

      Go long on this opinion. What does the rest
      of the world out there think (or know).

      • 2 Replies to veehikle
      • I bought this stock because the Internet is here
        to stay. Just look at the computer sales numbers
        which altho they have flattened somewhat with the
        economic situation, they still continue to rise. More
        computers, more people on line. Also, think of the big boost
        in advertsing that EBAY got with it's IPO. A lot of
        folks haven't heard of EBAY yet and as the word gets
        out, more are going to stop by for a look. Sure, Yahoo
        has the free site but it isn't hardly as user
        friendly or downright fun as EBAY and when it comes to
        Internet use, it's the guy that got his foot in the door
        first and made it the easiest to use that will pull the
        greater market share. Just look at AOL and Prodigy. AOL
        was easier and altho Prodigy did make some great
        improvements, people are creatures of habit and will generally
        stick with what they know and that is also what they
        will recommend to others. Yahoo may improve but EBAY
        has the jump. Is the stock overpriced? Sure.... but
        not after a few splits. Regardless of price per share
        vs number of shares, 3.5 million shares is just not
        that many and splits are bound to happen. All, of
        course, IMHO. Happy Stockin' and good luck to all!

      • And this man now owns the Fiji Islands...

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