ebay hasn't had a substantial outage in a long time. Those millions of ebay addicts are going to die of exhaustion because ebay is always up and running (except for scheduled maintenance) which doesn't give them a chance to get any sleep.
Shorting sounds cool! My friend, who's been staying with me ever since the bank foreclosed on his house, tells me that people were always impressed when they found out that he had been shorting the high flying, grossly overvalued, internet stocks like ebay.
More competition for ebay! I admit that the once touted auction competitors -- amazon, yahoo, and fairmarket -- have not seem to have much of an impact on ebay. But I've heard about an awesome auction site that I bet will destroy ebay! Supposedly it has almost every type of item imaginable for sale, the sellers are getting big bucks, the buyers are finding great things, and it has dynamite searching features. I haven't been able to locate it though on the web. If someone knows about it please let me know. I heard that its run by two people named "Meg" and "Pierre." Maybe its in France somewhere.