Ebay : Ebay Vs. Amazon

1709 Words Nov 20th, 2015 7 Pages
eBay vs Amazon | Alvin Cahyadi, Devyani Rana, Emmeline Tjong
1) eBay’s competitive strategy is to provide an online auction platform, which, without holding inventory or providing after sale services, connects buyers and sellers in the sale of “collectibles” and unique products and not just commodities. eBay is asset light and by holding no inventory, it has the competitive advantage of being able to scale fast and enter new markets with little capital expenditure. Since eBay is primarily known for its auction services (as opposed to its “Buy-it-now” feature, which is also available), buyers gravitate towards eBay in order to be able to negotiate in a dynamic pricing system. eBay establishes its customer base from a consumer’s desire to make a steal on purchases that they would not find on other websites where goods are offered at a fixed price. This works very well specifically in a lot of the collectible transactions as it is inherently implied that negotiation will be a part of the buying and selling process. In the after sale services realm, the fact that eBay clearly does not get involved shows the strategic thought behind not wanting to get involved in the seller’s end of the transaction. This implies that eBay ends up saving a lot of capital because of not having to come up with shipping and warehousing of goods. eBay’s strategy is coherent because all competitive strategic decisions are heavily based on the online bidding model of providing a platform that…

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