By JLP | March 29, 2011
Which website to prefer to do your internet shopping:
Amazon or eBay?
Personally, I like Amazon 1,000 times better than eBay. I spend lots of money with Amazon but nearly nothing with eBay. The eBay site seems cumbersome, and gimmicky. And I don’t like feedback system, which seems like a joke.
I’m asking this question today because the WSJ reported that eBay is buying GSI Commerce in an attempt to compete with Amazon. I found this interesting:
GSI has a service called ShopRunner that could have helped level the playing field. Similar to Amazon’s Prime program, ShopRunner charges a flat $79 annual fee in exchange for free two-day shipping from dozens of retailers. Unfortunately, eBay has decided to sell most of ShopRunner. The thinking is that eBay doesn’t want to upset its existing sellers who would be in competition with retailers in the ShopRunner network. In contrast, Amazon offers free shipping even though it puts some third-party sellers that use its site at a disadvantage.
I have a suspicion that the reason eBay sold ShopRunner is because sellers would be angry over not being able to charge what they wanted for shipping. It’s pretty well known that eBay sellers use shipping as a way to make money.