This is a little off subject for DealerRefresh (maybe not) but if you have been following the tech news, eBay and Google are currently at odds with each other.
“EBay Inc. has pulled all of its advertising from Google Inc.’s U.S. network in what is widely seen as punishment for trying to crash eBay’s user conference in Boston this week.
The move exposes the widening rift between eBay and Google, as they increasingly compete on new products, making a public showdown inevitable, according to analysts”. – SFGate.com
Hasn’t this pot been stirring for some time now?
The fuss is over eBay banning Google’s Checkout, saying that the “Google service had yet to prove itself in terms of fraud protection.” I’m sure they are also afraid of competition for their PayPal service.
eBay advertises on Google using Adwords and is Google’s biggest U.S. advertiser with spending upward of 25 million in a fiscal year. Anytime you Google mp3 player, Nintendo Wii or a specific electronics device, an eBay text ad would almost always appear in the sponsored links. However, this was not evident if you searched for a vehicle on Google. And I always wondered when eBay would start using Ad Words to advertise their eBay motors listings. I guess maybe never!
I would think that eBay would have way more to loose here then Google.