Shares of eBay
eBay's marketplace subsidiary watches over the namesake auction site, the StubHub ticket exchange, and the company's many global online classifieds endeavors. Despite making inroads into mobile commerce and perpetually tweaking its seller terms in order to appease disgruntled power sellers, this isn't really the division that's been driving eBay these days.
PayPal is the best reason to grab a piece of eBay these days, growing faster than eBay.com.
A replacement wasn't named in yesterday's press release, and the gig is going to be a challenge for whoever steps up.
In the past, eBay has covered for its marketplace shortcomings through acquisitions. Whether it was StubHub or South Korea's Gmarket, eBay has already bought up most of the beefy targets short of Latin American speedster MercadoLibre
The Internet was the perfect catapulting vehicle for eBay in the 1990s, but now it's also a threat. Charging folks for online auctions isn't easy in this era of Craigslist, Facebook, and countless other outlets for free listings.
It would make sense for eBay to move closer to more conventional e-tail. It will never be Amazon.com
The one thing that eBay can't do is stand still. The market is evolving quickly, and eBay has a vacancy that needs to be filled just as fast.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a satisfied eBay user with 178 positive feedbacks to show for it. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also a member of the Rule Breakers analytical team, seeking out the next great growth stock early in its defiance. The Fool has a disclosure policy.