Ebay: A Sustainable Social Distancing Stock

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by Tom Konrad, Ph.D., CFA

Of the few survivors of the dot com bust, Ebay (EBAY) is a perennial also-ran.  It owned the market for consumer-to-consumer (C2C) transactions in 2000, but has since repeatedly lost market share.  Nevertheless, the company remains a profitable business that enables the sustainable reuse of easy to ship items while returning cash to investors.

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The Competition for Sellers

In the early 2000s, Ebay lost sellers to Amazon’s (AMZN) marketplace, which had the advantage of getting listings in front of a larger group of buyers, and has since added more services for sellers, such as delivery services through Amazon’s impressive logistics arm.  More recently, specialist competitors like Etsy (ETSY) for crafts , and PoshMark for fashion have attracted younger users who prefer an app-based interface.

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