eBay Stares Down Google And Wins

This is a repost from the original TechCrunch article (more information available on the TechCrunch site). Microsoft did it's share of pissing corp's off, but Google as of late seems to be taking the cake. eBay is to internet commerce, as Google is to internet search. Seemingly, the two should be able to play nice (eBay hasn't entered search but possibly they should buy Ask.com):

"Not much commentary is needed on this one. Here’s what happened:

  1. eBay doesn’t allow merchants to use Google Checkout to settle eBay transactions. Google invited eBay online sellers attending eBay Live! in Boston this week to a party that they called the Google Checkout Freedom Party.
  2. eBay decides to pull all U.S. advertising on Google.
  3. Google backs down, cancels the party.

  4. Google looks like a complete wimp; eBay looks like a bully.

The party appeared to be nothing more than Google poking a little fun at eBay’s restrictive policies. eBay hit back with the biggest weapon they had, suggesting that tension between the companies goes very deep."

Over and Out

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