Next generation eBay feeder business
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In a March 2004 briefing, our sister site trendwatching.com featured a trend it dubbed feeder businesses: new services that feed, and feed off of, web stars like eBay, Google, Match.com and Amazon. One of the examples given was drop-off shops for online auctions, which allow any consumer to drop off an item at an eBay seller's physical location, and have them sell it online in return for a commission. Services that help ordinary consumers sell have proliferated since 2004, feeding the eBay monster (eBay users posted a total of 559 million listings in Q2-07, generating a gross merchandise volume of…
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