What a difference two months can make! Back in September, China's 21st Century Business Herald was reporting that eBay
As China's leading search engine, Baidu runs the nation's most popular website. eBay can respect that; it found itself bowing out of Japan shortly after Yahoo!
eBay's partnership with Baidu will be symbiotic. Baidu will promote eBay's financial payment site in China, while eBay will feature Baidu's paid-search ads on its auction site. The two companies will also team up to release a browser toolbar.
This isn't the first time that eBay has played nice with a search engine by brokering a deal to serve up paid-search ads on its popular online marketplace. Earlier this year, it hooked up with both Yahoo! and Google
eBay's EachNet auction site and PayPal Beibao micropayment service could use a boost in what has become the world's second-largest Internet market (even though only about 10% of the country is online). The market has little choice but to grow, and eBay would have been insane to bow out -- as was speculated two months ago -- so early in China's development.
The "buy it now" company would have been dense to hit the "leave it now" button in China. It's nice to see eBay play for keeps when the stakes are this high.
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