Taobao's biggest rival in the past is now facing a "cool" situation.
Recently, eBay issued a closure announcement, saying that due to the Number List company's adjustment of its operating strategy, it has decided to stop the operation of the eBay network platform and close the eBay website. Before 24:00 on August 12, 2022, eBay will close the transaction functions of all products and shops on the website, and close the registration, login, and recharge functions of eBay users, and shut down the website server.
As soon as the news came out, it caused an uproar. You must know that, as the first C2C e-commerce website in China, eBay used to be an uncompromising leader. At its peak in 2003, it once occupied more than 90% of the domestic market share. However, such a giant was pulled down from the throne by the little-known Taobao at the time, and then gradually went silent, and finally announced the closure, which is really embarrassing.
Why did eBay end up like this? In fact, if you look back, this ending seems to have been doomed as early as in the contest with Taobao many years ago.
One day in March 2003, a mysterious and dignified atmosphere spread in Alibaba, which has just been founded for 4 years.
10 employees were quietly called into Jack Ma's office to talk in turn, and the messages they were told were, without exception, "Now the company has a secret task that you need to complete, the task is very arduous and the time is long. The future of the company is of great significance." These 10 people were also formed into a special team to carry out "secret missions". After the conversation was over, Jack Ma took the executives and 10 members of the special group to a nearby restaurant for dinner, and then officially announced to everyone what the company would do next - marching into C2C, "to be a business like eBay. sites like that."
I believe that all Internet practitioners will not forget the status of eBay in the world.