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eBay Live! Sells Out

Posted by Jeff on May 31, 2006 at 04:31 PM in eBay Live! 2006 , General | Permalink

We recently found out that eBay Live! 2006 is going to be completely sold out – something that may cost one man his hair.

I caught up yesterday with Mike Rudolph, eBay’s Director of Education & Events (someone you may Ab_mrudolph_1 recognize from his Announcement Board posts). I asked him whether he expected this year’s event to sell out, and he responded, “We didn’t. We thought we’d get a good response b/c they’ve all been successful, but this really far and away exceeds our expectations.

When I asked him how it felt, he predictably said that it was a great feeling. “We were thrilled because it’s not often you sell out an event. Plus it means that we’re able to impact more members, and that’s a good thing.”

I then wanted to get Mike’s #1 must-see attraction at the event. He hesitated, and I could almost hear the possibilities going through his head. He finally answered, “The education this year is going to be top-notch. All the classes, seminars, and labs – we’ve worked very hard to take member feedback from previous years to build a great body of content. And I’m excited about Jerry Greenfield (from Ben & Jerry’s) being there. Their philosophy of lead with your values and make money at the same time fits in so well with eBay. Plus I’m looking forward to the ice cream.”

One final note: there’s a rumor circulating on our campus that Mike made an off-the-cuff remark that he would shave his head if eBay Live! sold out. We’ll be sure to have our cameras handy at the event if this turns out to be true.

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Net Neutrality and a letter from Meg

Posted by Laura on May 31, 2006 at 02:56 PM in Government Relations | Permalink

Last week, eBay Community members began receiving an email from Meg Whitman, eBay's CEO, about a subject called "network neutrality."  We've seen some members on the boards question whether this is a legitimate email.   

It is,

I've been in touch with Michelle Peacock from our Government Relations team, and she let us know that depending on your geographic location, you may have already received (or may receive by week's end) this email from Meg asking you to contact Congress in support of network neutrality. 

There is a lot of information available about the net neutrality debate.  (Some Google links.) is also a good place to start.  You are under no obligation to get involved, but this is an important issue that could impact ecommerce.   Thank you for making your voices heard!

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Check Out Our New Chatter Blog!

Posted by eBay Chatter on May 30, 2006 at 06:10 PM | Permalink

Hi everyone,

This eBay Live! 2005 blog started off as an that went so well, we decided to do it full time! We recently took our monthly online newsletter called The Chatter and made it into a blog, giving us the ability to post fun and informative information much more often.

Plus we'll of course be blogging from eBay Live! 2006 in Las Vegas (what happens there at eBay Live! won't stay there thanks to us), so check it out at

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Definitely a Coffee Culture

Posted by Jeff on May 30, 2006 at 04:14 PM in General | Permalink

If we rely on anything here, it’s a steady supply of coffee. I can’t imagine that any Starbucks in the country does more business than the one right next to our campus (although I personally prefer the Jamba Juice next door). But as I was looking through our manual for eBay Live!, one thing really rammed home just how much of a coffee culture we are.

Listed at #6 in our Staff FAQs for the event, right below “what happens if I lose my badge?”:

“Where is Starbucks?”

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Gearing Up for eBay Live!

Posted by Jeff on May 30, 2006 at 10:09 AM in eBay Live! 2006 , General | Permalink

Bloggroup_1 Everyone here is getting excited about eBay Live! Last week we had our pre-convention meeting, going over the various events taking place this year and making sure everyone knew what they were going to be doing. And we got a virtual tour of the Mandalay Bay convention center – it’s really big! Fortunately, they also let us know that while it will likely be around 100 degrees outside, it should be comfortably in the mid-70’s indoors.  Waitinginline_3

As you can see from our somewhat less-than-professional pictures, we have a lot of staff going again this year. How many of the employees shown in the pictures will you see? Just try to picture them in the light-blue shirts we’ll be wearing this year.

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Letter from Griff ...On the road in Vermont

Posted by Griff on May 29, 2006 at 07:46 AM in General , Letters from Griff | Permalink

You may already know me. I'm Griff, and I'm the Dean of eBay Education. I'll be posting to our new eBay Chatter Blog once a week with tips, tricks, and other useful and fun information. I also look forward to utilizing this new blog for sharing the personal stories and anecdotes I hear when meeting with and learning about some of the incredible buyers and sellers out there whose lives and livelihoods have been enhanced by their participation in this incredible thing called "eBay."

So, why wait? Dateline: May 29th, Burlington VT -- I was on the road last week, back to my home Griff_expo_2 state of Vermont where I took part this past Thursday (May 25th) in the Senator Patrick Leahy's 11th annual Vermont eBusiness conference. 100 plus small business owners attended the noon luncheon, and I delivered a little keynote speech about eBay. Afterwards, we presented a condensed three-hour version of our standard eBay University seminar to a packed ballroom. A good time was had by all (and if you have ever attended one of my eBay U seminars, you know exactly what I mean.)

One of the highlights of the day for me was meeting with Trading Assistants, Eric and Peter, who together found and run Global Garage Sale, a consignment drop off business in Winooski, VT.  ( ) Eric and Peter are both very energetic and colorful guys (Peter is a dead ringer for the late Frank Zappa)and their enthusiasm for eBay is infectious! It was a treat having them at a nearby table and I thank them for their assistance (I referred to them often for affirmation of certain points during the class).

I took advantage of this trip to spend Memorial Day weekend in beautiful springtime Vermont, to visit with old friends and acquaintances and even attend a real, live country auction for the first time in years! I hope you all had an ejoyable long weekend, too.  More updates from San Jose coming soon.


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Global Community -- eBay Live! Kicks Off in Germany

Posted by Laura on May 26, 2006 at 02:54 PM in eBay Live! 2006 , General | Permalink

Ebay_live_logo Here in the U.S., we're getting ready for eBay Live! in Las Vegas on June 13-15.  Look for more blog posts on this topic very soon.  (The Chatter team will be there covering the event for the blog, of course...)

But North America is not the only market where buyers and sellers are getting together face to face -- our German colleagues are already celebrating. They kicked off their own eBay Live! in Dusseldorf, which will run through tomorrow. Img_ebaylive_germany_1

To give folks both inside and outside eBay a taste of the event, we sent our very own correspondent to attend who is posting her thoughts to the German eBay Live! blog, including info about the Community fashion show.  (her posts are in English, so enjoy...)  Tschüß!

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“Click, You’re It” Proves To Be Quite The Challenge

Posted by Jeff on May 26, 2006 at 01:38 PM in General | Permalink

Jeff_post_2 If you know what a “hai-clue” is, that means you probably saw last week’s Click, You’re It promotion. Along with daily prizes, we gave away a trip to Las Vegas for eBay Live! with all the trimmings – luxury hotel suite, transportation, entry to the event, etc. To have a chance to win the trip, all you had to do was decipher our hai-clues (clues given out in haiku form) to form the winning phrase.

But apparently, our marketing folks write some pretty tough hai-clues! Out of over 247,000 submissions, only 3,151 actually had the correct phrase: Discover IT on eBay, have fun in Vegas! But if you didn’t win, don’t worry too much….you could have a chance to redeem yourself soon.

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Posted by Colin Rule on May 26, 2006 at 12:03 PM in General , Musings from Colin Rule | Permalink

Ab_colin_rule_1Wow! The eBay Blog is alive!

Greetings and salutations, everyone. I’m delighted and honored to be a part of this. This is truly eBay history in the making!

I’ve been blogging for some time now -- I guess I started back in 2000 -- but I was never under any illusions about the fact that no one read any of my posts. I’d get one comment (even if it was a spam comment about Texas Hold ‘Em websites or something) and that would excite me for a week. Somehow I bet that we’ll get a bit more eyeballs in here…

Maybe I’ll resist posting pictures of my pug and nattering on with my opinions about politics. No promises, but I’ll try.

In any event, I’m very happy to be here with all of you, and I’m really looking forward to playing a role, however small, in evolution of the eBay Blog (the eBlog?).

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Welcome to the eBay Chatter blog

Posted by Laura on May 25, 2006 at 03:05 PM in General | Permalink

Laura3 It’s an exciting day for us…and a sign of the changing times. Today, we’re saying a fond farewell to our old monthly Chatter newsletter, and we’re joining the “blogosphere” with the launch our new eBay Chatter blog.

For our Chatter readers, please know we’re retaining everything you’ve loved about the newsletter, including some of our familiar voices --- like our beloved Griff and “Mr. Online Dispute Resolution” Colin Rule.

The Chatter has always been written for you, the eBay Community. We’ve tried to tell stories that teach and inspire you. We’ve worked to shed light on the company and how eBay designs products and makes decisions. And we’ve put members of our Community in the spotlight, because we all love to hear about the innovative ways people are being successful on eBay.

We’re going to continue to do all of that on our new blog –and more. My team has orders to track down stories that will inform you, of course, and even entertain you a bit. ("All work and no play...") We’ll be experimenting with recorded Skype interviews, and some video, which should be fun.

We absolutely want to hear what you think of the blog, so we’ve created a special Chatter Blog Comments discussion board that we will link to from the bottom of every post.

One last thing -- The blog lets us bring you interesting stories on a real-time basis, which is a great benefit over the newsletter. That means, we’ll be posting regularly, and you’ll want to check back often. (Even better -- subscribe to our blog via RSS)

(One more "last" thing…I’d also like to thank SixApart, who hosts our blog. They’ve been great to work with, and we appreciate their support.)

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