It's one out, all out in cyberspace. According to reports, disgruntled eBay sellers in the UK are on strike. The strikers are unhappy with charges introduced by the online auction giant to attract more buyers. And some of them have turned to Google for help.
Other unpopular changes have seen the online auction house reduce the visibility of its 'Shops' listings. To date, such listings have allowed users to open an online shop, displaying a range of wares on a single page.
Some of the striking salespeople have pleaded with Google to set up an online auction house. It seems that the big G retains its 'do no evil' cachet, despite its vast size and recent unpopular adventures in China.
Unhappy shop-based eBay sellers believe the combination of higher charges and reduced visibility is squeezing them from both sides. In response, eBay says it wants to favour its traditional audience of independent buyers and auctioneers. The prevelance of online shops is making things harder for these people under the existing system, according to eBay.
Later this year, eBay is set to launch eBay express, a set-price sales service, on which only approved sellers are allowed to hawk their goods. Some sources speculate that it is in eBay's interests to move online shops from its traditional space and on to the new project.