Dear Clarks…

In the immortal words of Noel Coward, “I’m old fashioned…” but unlike the master, I don’t have much of an affinity with buying shoes. When I find a pair that last and suit, well, I’m happy and I’ll wear them til they fall apart. I’m just about there with my current shoes. I like them …

I LOVE moneysavingexpert.com

People often ask me for an example of a successful online community. Many expect me to rattle off Myspace, Flickr or Youtube… but I usually cite www.moneysavingexpert.com. For my money, in a specifically British context, the work that Martyn Lewis and his team do is really awe inspiring. Moneysavingexpert.com has a simple aim: consumer revenge. …

Those Telegraph eBay Articles in Full…

It’s been a busy week and I didn’t manage to provide all the links to the 4 articles that I wrote and were published in the Daily Telegraph. Not to worry, they’ve helpfully combined them all together in one lovely PDF file for you to download and read and print at your leisure. In an …

Keep an eye out for the Telegraph

One of the things I’ve been working on recently has been a selection of articles for the Daily Telegraph as part of a general series the newspaper’s running on eBay. The first article was published on Saturday and introduces readers to eBay. Monday’s article will look at buying on eBay, Tuesday on selling and Wednesday, …

Wine Whine: Rubbish Service From Virgin Wines

Some time ago I signed up to receive a quarterly box of wine from Virgin Wines. There was some special deal, I seem to recall, and it seemed like good value. My quarterly dose arrived yesterday, one bottle short with the other eleven bottles covered with tiny bits of glass, one of which ended up …

eBay University 2007: New Style, Old Friends.

I spent a very enjoyable day in Coventry (hard to believe no?) at the first of four eBay University events in 2007. eBay University is eBay’s official education programme where eBay staff, Powersellers and people like me spend a day with hundreds of eBayers talking and learning about eBay. It was one of the activities …

Dear Readers…

It’s been a quiet few weeks, nay months for posts… I’m touched by how many of you have noticed! I’ve been busy with my work at BT for BT Tradespace, working on my new book and pursuing some other projects (more of which later in the week). I promise a bumper crop in the next …

Watford Vs Man U Vs Gallifrey FC

It could go either way with the Watford and Man U game… the Mancunians were beaten by Pompey last Saturday but are now the undisputed victors of Rome. Whatever the result, and it would be nice for Watford to win, I have a request. Can the teams do their best to have it all wrapped …

eBay Staff Blog Wiki

Shri Mahesh has cleverly put together a wiki for blogging eBayers. It’s for staff past and present and a good idea, and hopefully a good way of keeping eBay staff in touch. There’s certainly a lot of interesting stuff being said and done… and the wiki has only just begun. In particular, I was interested …

Plug in to BT Tradespace

A few people have asked me what I’ve been up to, so I thought I’d blog about it. In the past few weeks I’ve been working with BT on their new project – BT Tradespace. BT Tradespace is potentially very powerful new business network that firms all over the world can plug into and find …

How big is eBay?

The papers never get it right. The eBay numbers that is. So it’s worth revisiting them every now and again, especially since eBay reported Q406 and full 2006 numbers last week. It is dazzling how big eBay is. I’ve pulled this info from the earnings call, a transcript of which lives here. To the end …