The following is a post I discovered on a Netscape Discussion board and thought it was worth sharing on elitetrader: ---EBay Inc. is trying to milk more money out of every customer - a strategy that has resulted in record revenue but makes some analysts nervous about the company's long-term prospects. --- Analysts have every reason to be concerned. Ebay's shabby treatment of their core customers(the basic Ebay seller) could very bring the auction site to a grinding halt...and a big profit drain since Paypal profits are tied directly to the auction site! There is a LOT of discord among Ebay sellers and many are quitting or greatly reducing their business with Ebay. I am one of them. After selling on the site for six years, I have well over a thousand transactions...but that number will be dropping this year. I simply have had it with the pathetic Ebay management. They have created a site where animosity is growing daily between sellers and buyers, fraud is barely acknowledged by the company, and they expect the sellers to just keep on paying them! Well, the next few earnings reports will show that is a flawed system. Statistic show that listing volume has been dropping steadily for the past few years and successful auction percentages are not improving. That will affect the bottom line as more sellers give Meg and her company the "Heave Ho". My previous monthly Ebay statements will be FAR lower due to my reduced use of the site. Ebay is counting on their Ticket venue sales to keep numbers high...but those sales are also dependant on the Auction site's visibility. As those numbers drop...so will the ticket sales. As for Skype...well, new players enter the market all the time and Skype could be trumped in a heartbeat. Would Ebay be able to revive the auction site? At that point it would be lost. Done deal. The sellers would not bail Ebay out by bringing business back. Ebay is making the most common mistake that power hungry management is often guilty of...IGNORING THE ONES WHO MADE THE COMPANY SUCCESSFUL. I was a big promoter of the site in past years and recommended it as a place for friends to shop. Not anymore. Too many problems on the auction site and too little loyalty from the company itself. The latest and biggest insult from Ebay to the sellers would have been a real laugh(if they had not been serious). They have a summer promotion to "SLASH seller fees 14%!!!" as the banner reads. Well, that actually amounts to 14% of the first 5.25% of the first $25 of a sale....another words... 19 cents. That is NOT slashing fees. It's an worthless offering that is an insult to the intelligence of every seller. What really bothers me is that the site "could" have grown and gained in sheer numbers in every department. Instead, its listing volume and success rate is declining. The chartes show a steady downhill slide. The analysts have every reason to be concerned.