eBay’s losing gambit, no iPad2 for me

  • I love how eBay started with an electronic version of the Dutch auction free-market principles of selling. I have used eBay sporadically in the past and recently tried it again by selling a fully maxed out built-to-order 2010 MacBook Pro that I had used for two weeks. My experience was not great: the first buyer used someone else’s account without their approval. The second one was a new buyer from Latvia (even though the transaction restricted shipment to US only). So, rather than eBay swaying new transactions and launching 50 free-listings beginning the month of April. Perhaps, it should ensure that the trust of its tenants is secured first. Because arguably, both of the above described fake transactions should not need to occur if eBay over the years had spent more time building software algorithms and protections to nail down those who inevitably try to abuse a free-market system. eBay’s price reductions are a losing gambit if it does not protect the trust of those who enter its free-market system. If my third attempt does not reach a trusted buyer I will invoke the three-strikes-and-you’re-out rule.
  • I was an early adopter of the first iPad last summer and have since settled on a fully loaded MacBook Air for work and passed my iPad to my eager six-year-old, who now also enjoys watching Cable TV on it. I am not buying the iPad2 because there is no smooth migration strategy from the “old” way of computing to the new. Or perhaps more distinctly, the iPad is great for information consumption and not very suited for information creation. And once you find yourself switching those modes frequently, the iPad is not for you. Apple should focus more on the software support for iPad rather than trump the hardware specs. Athe the  “Rosetta”-like transparent migration to iPad would have been great. But then again, I can understand how chasing a massive greenfield of customers may be too tempting for Apple. At least equip the Macbook Air with a 3G/4G antenna already, so we get parity on things’ connectivity side. [Links: Apple]

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