Is eBay Making a Huge Mistake Not Listening to This Billionaire?

eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY  ) reported earnings on Wednesday evening, but that wasn't the big story. Carl Icahn, the billionaire activist investor, has urged the company to spin-off its PayPal unit to unlock value for shareholders.

In this segment of The Motley Fool's financials-focused show, Where the Money Is, banking analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson discuss the earnings and eBay's decision to essentially shoot Icahn's suggestion down.

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  • Report this Comment On January 25, 2014, at 10:32 AM, jrkirk wrote:

    I am going to try to be respectful here, but when you have a couple of 20 somethings, discussing eBay, PayPal, and Ichan's recent proposal, with the caveat that, '......I've done a couple of eBay transactions in the last year', seeming to qualify them as some sort of experts on the subject, it leaves this long time ebay user (20,000+ transactions), and long time investor needing to listen to nothing more. Further, you have each taking a different side in the discussion. What positive can possibly come from listening to more of this diatribe?

  • Report this Comment On January 25, 2014, at 7:24 PM, hbk72777 wrote:

    "On January 25, 2014, at 10:32 AM, jrkirk wrote:

    I am going to try to be respectful here, but when you have a couple of 20 somethings, discussing eBay, PayPal, and Ichan's recent proposal, with the caveat that, '......I've done a couple of eBay transactions in the last year', seeming to qualify them as some sort of experts on the subject, it leaves this long time ebay user (20,000+ transactions), and long time investor needing to listen to nothing more. Further, you have each taking a different side in the discussion. What positive can possibly come from listening to more of this diatribe?"

    I have 2 top rated powerseller accounts, I've been on ebay since 1998. I have sold thousands upon thousands of items, and have a solid customer base, including many return buyers.

    That said, ebay is in trouble. If you want to bury your head in the sand, go right ahead. The scams have gotten to the point that ebay is finally suspending buyers for too many claims. It's a mess. It was a fad. It's just about over

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