Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Loser in Amazon’s Results: EBay? - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

 Mighty morphing Amazon.com...

[...] Wall Street is beginning to view Amazon more as a technology company, with the attendant high-multiple valuation, than a plain old low-margin retailer. And one significant contributor to that perceptual shift is the growth of Amazon’s Marketplaces business, which lets visitors to Amazon buy from third-party merchants, instead of directly from Amazon.com.

This growing business – 30 percent of Amazon’s sales, up from 29 percent in the same quarter last year – allows the site to offer more of a selection and to boost its operating margins, since it does not have to stock or ship these products.

It also places Seattle-based Amazon in direct competition with eBay, the auction giant of San Jose.

The Loser in Amazon’s Results: EBay? - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

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