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The Challenge of eBay Guaranteed Delivery

According to our research of the 800 million items on eBay, 18 million are available with 3-day guaranteed delivery, 8 million are available with 2-day guaranteed delivery, and close to 2 million are available with next day 1-day guaranteed delivery.

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Adidas is Winning on eBay

Without much fanfare Adidas appears to have become the most successful direct-to-consumer brand on eBay. The adidas_official seller joined eBay in September 2016, and have since grown to be one of the Top 50 eBay sellers.

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eBay Dreams of Brands

In a conversation about the future of retail eBay is rarely brought up. Despite the $36 billion in sales in the US, three times that of Walmart e-commerce, it has lost relevance in the battle to dethrone Amazon. Things continue to be sold in large quantities on eBay, but in a way which often brands don't care about.

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The Best iPhone out of 10,000

Devin Wenig, CEO of eBay, said "Nobody wants to go through 10,000 iPhones. Show me the four best options." eBay is correct that the way eBay functions today is not how most people shop.

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PayPal Beyond eBay

In the last quarter PayPal transactions volume associated with eBay represented 13.5% of the total, compared to 16% last year, and 20% two years ago. Since the companies split in July 2015 the volume of transactions from eBay has increased, but PayPal has been able to grow in other areas beyond that.

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eBay From Listings to Products to Brands

eBay 2017 Q3 financial results were released last night. eBay marketplaces delivered $20.5 billion of GMV, up 8.5%, the fastest it's been in over three years. But the financial results are not as interesting as the long-term changes eBay is making to stay relevant.

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The Future of Marketplaces

Marketplace Pulse founder Juozas "Joe" Kaziukėnas presented a keynote at Retail Global Las Vegas 2017 conference on September 12th. Joe's keynote, titled "The Future of Marketplaces", looked at what makes a successful marketplace, and how the marketplace model built by Amazon 17 years ago - despite them leading the market - might not be the only way to do it.

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