Listen to this business school seminar from the year 2006 where the seminar leader talks about how eBay achieved its success.

Professionals Podcasts - eBay

Instructions

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Audio icon Download audio 1.9MB (right click & save)

Download

Tags

Comments

Hello there, people from BC,
Please, I haven't understood the following sentence:
"they didn’t feature in stories headlining the excesses of the dotcom boom years"... Would my sentence below have the same meaning?
...they didn't put themselves in stories exposing themselves to the excesses of the dotcom boom years...
Thank you all!

Hello Evandro Diniz,

The meaning here is a little different. Ebay, according to the speaker, had a low profile and so when journalists wrote about the excesses of the dotcom boom years they did not use Ebay as an example. It wasn't really Ebay's decision directly, more that their behaviour meant that journalists did not focus on them in that way.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter. I get it now.

Hello BC,

Can we use together in the end of this sentence?

eBay uses the internet to bring buyers and sellers together.

Thanks and Regards!

Hello caonhunguyen,

Yes, you can use 'together' at the end of the sentence like that. Your sentence is correct – good work!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

ebay is a good website that allows seller to post their products online to sell their products to other people. The person who thought of this business idea is great and imaginative! It brings a lots of conveniences to people for their buying and selling activities. Even though ebay is successful in the past eleven years, it will face more challenges going forward due to the emerging of other similar websites like TaoBao in China and etc.

In China , TaoBao is a very popular websites like ebay .People use it's services to buy or sell anything such as cosmetic , book and clothes . It is convenient and saving for people who live in the big cites such as beijing or shanghai . It changes the traditional style of business and generates a lot of job opportunities .I hope that  I can buy products from TaoBao in the Uk in the further .

That's exellent report you can provide for our community. Now, we have some great marketplace, for instance: Alibaba.com for source product from China and it's B2B website, forcus on intenational trade. And Ebay.com and Amazon.com are two great platform for user to do the own business. In some Asian countries, Ebay is not popular but in European countries or America, it's very polular. 

The online purchase are very useful because the people can save time and they don't have need to go shop. In Colombia the people are very suspicious to buy through internet but lately, the companies are implementing the online pay

Hi everybody
I am going to buy a professional camera by eBay, and here in Armenia there are people using eBay's services and they are satisfied with the results. The interest towards net shopping is growing now in Armenia. And it is good, because we are politically cut from outer world by our neighbors; Turkey and Azerbaijan, and sometimes when Russia has got problems with Georgia, again our truckers are left standing in the snow and wind having nowhere to spend a night and no security to leave their loads with.

Pages