Two eBay-related posts in as many days? There goes that promise…
However, it is newsworthy to note that Randy Smythe, a former eBay Powerseller who achieved over 200,000 positive feedback, has started a column outlining his views on eBay.
Randy decided to leave the world of online selling in February 2006, and the radio silence since then has created quite a bit of chatter in the eBay community.
The introductory article is here:
Interestingly, Randy is quite reticent about his own successes and failures in business, which to me is refreshing. Running a small business is one of the most difficult challenges professionally, and running one online is no exception. If Randy chooses to share his insights from this experience, it could benefit a lot of people.
I’ve commented on this blog that people are rarely rational with money, and surprisingly, this can even impact people when they run multi-million dollar businesses. Like personal finance, I believe that entrepreneurs have the most to learn from each other – the good, the bad and the ugly.
To give some insight into Randy’s perspective, he linked to this article from The E-Commerce Guide on the challenges facing eBay. It’s an interesting piece as well. You can find it here:
I am, of course, extremely optimistic about the future for eBay and for e-commerce in general.