The World According to eBay

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photo"If you post it, they will come." That's the kind of thinking that has made eBay a mega hit. From beanie babies to baccarat crystal, you can find it on eBay, and you can sell it on eBay, too.

The company has grown leaps and bounds and keeps expanding its customer base. But its new fees have angered some sellers, who say the company is getting a bit too greedy.

But whether you've ever bought, sold, or just looked, all can agree that eBay has changed commerce. The old yard sale is now online, and who knows what people will able to buy or sell on the internet in the future.

Hear a discussion on the road traveled, and the big picture ahead for internet commerce.


Gary Rivlin, covers Silicon Valley for The New York Times

Ina Steiner, editor and publisher of, an online newsletter that reports on the online auction world

Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the Center for E-Business at MIT

Charles Peden, jewelry-maker, sells on eBay. His company is

This program aired on March 7, 2005.


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