Wednesday, February 07, 2007

eBay & Distributed Commerce

Looks like eBay is finally waking up to pushing distributed commerce forward. Apparently eBay is in talks with MySpace to provide an easy way for users to post things for sale (assuming the inverse would apply as well). Hopefully the good folks at my corporate alma mater can get past the notion that 'everything needs to come back to eBay.com'. If eBay really enabled a fully functional eCommerce widget/web service, where a seller can post and a buyer can purchase products all within a profile page (e.g. w/o leaving MySpace), they'd have something huge on their hands. If it's the typical affiliate application with a signpost leading back to eBay, well... it'll be something less than huge.

There's a real opportunity on the widget side for enabling a completely remote & distributable eCommerce experience. Cafepress, Qoop and Zazzle are leading the way here, as they begin introducing web services enabling individual users & sites like Rockyou and Photobucket to buy and sell photo and design-focused products. eBay is the natural winner in this space IF they make registration, trust and purchase completely remote from eBay.com the site. To date the company has pushed back on offering that through their web services due to concerns around fraud (which admittedly is a significant hurdle). But a deal with MySpace could be a fantastic motivator for making this happen and ultimately heralding a true entrance by eBay into the Web 2.0 world...

8 Comments:

Anonymous Shripriya said...

Agree with you, Ro. Given the huge investment in our APIs, this has been possible for a while. I really hope they push it forward and deal with the trust and safety issues as they arise...

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Shripriya said...

Er.. it should have been in "the APIs", not "our APIs". Old habits...

3:31 PM  
Blogger Ro said...

Hey Shri :D Can't wait to see your first movie. I've put the Tatvam blog on my reader so I'll be in the know. Please reach out next time you're in town and let's grab lunch!

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Greg said...

I hope this happens...they will be great validation for the power of distributed commerce. With eBay's new ShoppingCart APIs, MySpace users can have a very nice experience.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous will hsu said...

didnt know you are out of ebay too . . . man . . . just shows how long I've been gone from the bay area . . . oh ya . . . eBay should be able to dominate the edge using widgets (read true user interfaces) rather than pure API's (an approach taken by edgeio) . . . I hope someone there is think that direction . . .

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Shripriya said...

Thanks, Ro. Will definitely let you know the next time I am out there - likely in early March.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Shripriya said...

Ro, check this out --

http://shripriya.com/blog/2007/02/12/ebayers-blogging/

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

Hi, Rogelio. Can I get in touch with you (and with you, guys, who had posted the comments if you'd like to... too :) ). I'm working on an application of a payments/digital delivery platform I already have... to a particular market btw... that reminds what you, guys, are talking about ... A LOT (with some very important OTHER capabilities). Please, e-mail me at president at on-linecard.com
Thanks in advance and waiting for an e-mail. Regards.

4:57 AM  

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