More eBay trouble?


WSJ is reporting that eBay is pulling back in China:

EBay Inc. plans to pull back from the fast-growing Chinese market by shutting down its main Web site in China and replacing it with a new site that would be largely run by a Beijing-based Internet company, say people familiar with the matter, in the latest sign of trouble afflicting the onetime Internet star.

They will have a 49% stake in the new site in a partnership with Tom Online (who will have 51%). Up till now, eBay had operated its own auction site in China.

This is obviously being viewed as a defeat for eBay as China was extremely important to them (something about a huge internet market)...

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Here is the original

Here is the original source

Looks like a terrible blunder on ebay's part and an even worse exit strategy, just as alibaba has blown through a pile of cash without doing much for the yahoo brand in china my guess is a similar result from a and ebay hook up.

Although if a serious battle between alibaba's and tom's/ebay's does break out, it will be one for the ages: The dragon lady, solina chou, versus the mercurial elf Jack Ma

I feel for the guy who wrote

I feel for the guy who wrote the article; it's clear that it's heartfelt, and painful. Besides, it's not every day you hear something like, "Meg Whitman is Ebay Mao Zedong".

Wish the comments were in English.

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