I have the solution to all the ebay problems.
Why doesn't someone (google for example) make a simple site that basically intergrates all the auction sites into one. ie it takes the data from them all and makes it look like they're all on the same site. A bit like a price comparison site would do for normal shops.
Now the buyer would have the option of choosing which auction sites to look at, ie by default it would look at them all ensuring that they got the best price for their purchase but if for some reason they didn't want to buy anything through ebid then they could take it out so they wouldn't see any results from there. A buyer isn't really going to be that bothered which auction site they buy through at the end of the day, it's more of a seller thing to do with fees etc.
So, this then allows the seller to make a choice as to where to list their items. The problem at the moment is that a seller won't list many items on a small auction site as it won't get seen by many buyers, so if a big name like google made a simple site that showed all the auction sites then everyone could go to that rather than ebay.
The buyers would be happy as they'd have more choice and could take advantage of slightly lower prices on other auction sites (because fees are lower prices could be lower without affecting seller's profit). The sellers would be happy as they'd be able to swap to a different (cheaper) auction site and still get the traffic through to be able to make some decent sales.
I would've thought that this was a really simple thing to set up, it's basically a price comparison site like one of the many others.
It would obviously need heavy advertising and that's why only a big trusted name like google could do it really.
So in summary, sellers would be free to list on another site and still get the traffic they need to sell their stuff.
Buyers would have more choice and have the advantage of lower prices through lower fees for sellers.
The only thing stopping people moving over is that all the buyers/sellers are currently on ebay, this would allow for people to migrate more slowly without any interruption.
What do you guys think?