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Thursday, November 17, 2005

All Your Base Are... Oh Yeah, Someone Else Used that One Already

Don't rule out the idea that Google Base is just an elaborate ruse for Google to sneak into two or three particular biggie verticals, like automotive. (Sample search.) :)

Has nothing to do with eBay though. Nah. Nope. Heck, you can post recipes on there! The Dead Sea Scrolls! Your son's used baseball glove! Maybe your car! Your Bryan Adams collectible votive candles!!!!

Nah, no relation whatsoever to eBay.

To be serious for a moment, does this mean Google will toss Froogle into the dustbin of history, as a weak first draft?

Another thought: Gary (great post) asks where the revenue stream is. Hmm. Could this be a paid inclusion model? Where eventually you'll pay per click or something? That would be pretty audacious, Google offering paid inclusion when they said all along they wouldn't. Hmmm....

I tend to disagree a bit with Gary that the whole process is going to be too cumbersome for average sellers. eBay takes a little bit to learn, but the payoff can be enormous. I have a friend who has a boss who won't do the web thing, so the friend started posting pics on eBay of the high end equipment they liquidate, and keeping a % of the sale whenever they make one. He does this in his spare time. I'm sure the potential upside of a service like Google Base, to those who stand to generate steady sales, would more than justify dabbling in a bit of extra work learning how to upload and label so-called "content".

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