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Might Ebay/Amazon ever face competition?

Asked by robdamel (786 points ) March 9th, 2011

Do you think its likely Ebay/Amazon will ever face competition? They hold the monopoly now, but what could another site bring that might shake e-commerce, as defined by these two giants?

There are a lot of other auction sites, but none become as popular as ebay. Likewise with Amazon. Why do you think so?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

Wang used to have a monopoly on small business computers/word processing systems. Where are they now?

There is always someone trying to knock off the top dog. Every once in a while, one succeeds.

marinelife's avatar

They have competition now. None as large, but a lot of competition. From bricks and mortar retailers to corporate online sites to purely Internet plays such as Overstock.com.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Unless another site is as well organized or gains as many customer ratings, I don’t see how Amazon or eBay will be topped in the next two years.

Now, if a large company like Wal-Mart cleaned up their website and added products/services, they’d have the funding to shake the hold Amazon has.

No one beats Amazon’s shipping deal…NOBODY even comes close. For $80 per year, my husband and I (and anyone else in our family/friends circle) has free two-day shipping. I no longer wrap gifts…with that deal, I go to Amazon and send everything directly to my recipients houses.

robdamel's avatar

@SpatzieLover whoa, thats a pretty good deal alright. I definitely agree with the Walmart quote.

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