A look back at the many policy and platform changes in 2008 that set the stage for eBay in 2009.
Seller rebellion was another hot topic of 2008. Leading up to May we saw a number of grassroots boycott movements that gained a lot of publicity. One group even went so far as to call for the resignation of John Donahoe, which went largely ignored. The boycott actions from earlier this year were a big deal mainly with small to mid-sized sellers, but even in the face of a public boycott, eBay still rolled out its policy changes.
Donahoe’s hand will continue to play out into the coming year, regardless of how many sellers he rankles with policy changes. How long he remains at the helm in 2009 is a topic debated in many blogs. E-commerce blogger, Randy Smythe of My Blog Utopia is predicting that Donahoe will probably get at least two more quarters to turn eBay around, and at most a year. Many industry watchers agree he is on the way out, but how much longer he has is up for debate.
EBay Watch 2008: The Year in Review
By Vangie Beal, December 31, 2008