Thursday, January 04, 2007

Quarter Million eBay Auctions Analyzed

Today marks an amazing milestone for gumshoo. We have now analyzed over a quarter million eBay auctions. We'd just like to take a moment to thank all of you, our loyal customers, for helping us reach this point. We hope that you will continue to find that we offer the best eBay shopping experience on the Web. Thanks again!

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Does '07 Mark the End of an eBay Era?

There's been a lot of brain drain at eBay over the last couple years, with 2006 being no exception. The company's best and brightest, whether from the trenches or the top, have been leaving in droves. My sources tell me that turmoil reigns within the walls of eBay. Numerous restructurings combined with a mass exodus have left the employees battle worn.

Meg herself is one of the few eBay veterans to remain at the company, but one has to wonder for how long? The company seems to be making its transition from a large growth company to a slow growth company. This may be the year Meg decides to call it quits and move on to greener pastures. She's already had many of her top brass do the same.

While eBay still represents a huge marketplace, it seems clear that new market forces are at work. Google's AdWords program allows "Power Sellers" to take their business off eBay, eliminating eBay's fees in exchange for paid search placements that are often cheaper and more effective. Google Checkout poses a serious threat to PayPal's formerly uncontested domain. The verdict on Skype is still out. It's a great service, but can eBay make any real money there?

Another nagging problem for eBay is that its marketplace is just too inconvenient for most shoppers. gumshoo was created on this very basis. It's been a little over a year since the launch of gumshoo and there's still a large need being filled by the service. And let's not forget the effort (and fees) required to sell items on eBay.

2007 looks to be a challenging year for eBay. Let's hope that it brings some exciting innovations that keep the eBay Marketplace vibrant and exciting well into the future.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Artist eboy includes gumshoo logo in latest piece

A good friend wrote to let us know that the gumshoo logo has been featured in a recent work by the artist known as eboy. We're very flattered to be featured alongside such Web 2.0 giants as Google, Amazon and YouTube. Take a look at the image and look for our logo in the upper left corner. Workers are busily covering the JotSpot logo with the gumshoo logo.

Monday, November 27, 2006

PS3 and Wii Scams are in full bloom on eBay

Make sure you read carefully before bidding on a Nintendo Wii or Sony Playstation 3 gaming console on eBay. Several sellers are attempting to mislead buyers into believing they are purchasing a game system, when in fact they are simply purchasing an email address from one of the free email providers. Below are two screenshots of this scam as seen through gumshoo's auction analyzer. Note that in both cases, gumshoo's auction analyzer has flagged the listings as suspicious for one or more reasons.

Above: A seller lists an email address for sale with a Buy It Now price of $500!

Above: Another seller is looking to take advantage of Nintendo Wii fans who are not paying close attention.

Happy Cyber Monday

The holiday season is all about hype and Cyber Monday is yet another example of that. According to news reports I overheard while doing some online shopping, online shopping sites should see the highest traffic of the year. However, the biggest sales numbers will come about 2 weeks into December (when people will be biting their nails in hopes that their package will arrive before Christmas).

Speaking of hype, two new gaming systems have beeen released just in time for the holidays. The problem? They've only released about 1/4 as many as can keep up with demand. As a result, eBay is all abuzz with sales of Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 systems. If you're desperately seeking one of these systems for the holidays, be prepared to pay roughly double the retail price. Also be prepared for scam artists. Pricey electronics that are in high demand always attract unsavory characters. Shopping eBay with is a great way to give yourself some additional information when you need to decide whether or not to place that bid.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Service Interruptions

You may have noticed that gumshoo is not its usual, reliable self these days. We've noticed too and we are in the process of fixing the problem. We apologize for the downtime and we thank you for your patience.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Over 200,000 Auctions and Counting!

Woohoo! Today gumshoo crossed the 200,000 mark. That means that over 200,000 unique eBay auctions have been scanned for potential risks. It's a great feeling to know that users find our service valuable to the tune of 200,000 auctions. Thank you gumshoo users! We couldn't have done it without you.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Meg Whitman is trying to breathe new life into eBay. - October 16, 2006

Meg Whitman is trying to breathe new life into eBay. - October 16, 2006

This is an interesting article from Fortune about the current executive staff at eBay. Things certainly have changed a lot over the last year or so, with most of the eBay elite leaving the ranks. It looks like Fortune was given access to the executive staff for this piece. One has to assume that Meg and co. are setting the stage for her departure. The majority of the piece is about the "inflection point" that the company finds itself at. I think they'll wait until after the busy holiday season before Meg announces she's moving on, but consider this the beginnings of a soft-landing campaign with the media.