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The Perfect Store: Inside eBay by [Cohen, Adam]
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When Pierre Omidyar launched a clunky website from a spare bedroom over Labor Day weekend of 1995, he wanted to see if he could use the Internet to create a perfect market. He never guessed his old-computer-parts and Beanie Baby exchange would revolutionize the world of commerce.

Now, Adam Cohen, the only journalist ever to get full access to the company, tells the remarkable story of eBay's rise. He describes how eBay built the most passionate community ever to form in cyberspace and forged a business that triumphed over larger, better-funded rivals. And he explores the ever-widening array of enlistees in the eBay revolution, from a stay-at-home mom who had to rent a warehouse for her thriving business selling bubble-wrap on eBay to the young MBA who started eBay Motors (which within months of its launch was on track to sell $1 billion in cars a year), to collectors nervously bidding thousands of dollars on antique clothing-irons.

Adam Cohen's fascinating look inside eBay is essential reading for anyone trying to figure out what's next. If you want to truly understand the Internet economy, "The Perfect Store" is indispensable.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 805 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316164933
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (14 December 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Many short stories, yes not remarkable 24 June 2011
By Bas Vodde - Published on
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The Perfect Store described how eBay was founded and the first couple of years of its development. Actually, the book is a collection of short stories related to eBay. Some are from the eBay founding, some are from people whos life has been transformed by eBay, some are from eBay employees. The stories together try to give a picture of the creation of eBay.

I can't give a content as the book doesn't have a clear table of content or structure. The book just starts with the story of the eBay founder, Piette Omidyar, and his initial creation of AuctionWeb (pre-eBay). How he met with Jeff Skoll and set up the company that eventually became known as eBay. It is an interesting story, yet a lot of details on the challenges of creating the site are left out of the book.

The rest of the book just continues telling different stories from eBay and most of them are somewhat in chronological order. There is especially a strong focus on community and how eBay direction was driven by the eBay community... and actions that eBay did to upset the community. Examples of these are the discussion about selling guns, the discussion about putting ads on the site, and several others (such as policies about used underwear). The stories were fun to read, interesting, yet didn't feel very special. But the book is well written, in the sense that it is easy to read and was a fun read.

My biggest disappointment about the perfect store was that it was less about eBay than I had hoped. I mean, it was less about the eBay company. It was obvious that the author wasn't very technical and not a huge eBay user either. So, the book omits nearly every technical detail and even describes (in true MBA fashion) the technical side as a side-thing, whereas the site is actually the main and only thing eBay has. Similarly, it didn't really talk too much of eBay as an organization, which made me feel, at times, the book was shallow.

In conclusion. A good and fun read. Yet, disappointing as I expected more. Therefore, I'll stick with 3 stars as I did enjoy the book, but wouldn't quickly recommend it to people. Only recommended if you are a eBay fan. Not when you want to know about the company history nor when you want to know about technical things and internet startups.
5.0 out of 5 stars great coverage on the rise of a great mission and company 9 August 2013
By Miguel Rosario - Published on
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I read the book not really knowing what to get out of it and found it to do a fantastic job of talking in great detail about the founders,the initial idea, and how it all scaled to a wonderful company... Lots of history is covered worth knowing; its tumultuous ascension to the top of its category given its initial technical inadequacies and the competition it faced makes the book good enough to buy alone..

This is a great read hands down and should be read by anyone interested on how eBay got started or is interested in how a simple idea can be a game changer.
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine pop-business 31 July 2013
By Adam Lawrence - Published on
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Cohen does a decent job recounting some of the stories that made eBay special. He seems to have had solid access and have done good research for the books I describe it as "pop" business because its very light on the actual nitty-gritty, instead focusing in a few choice anecdotes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit disjointed -but informative! 26 December 2004
By Nicholas Feliccia - Published on
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If you are looking for a lot of information about ebay in one place, this is pretty good. I agree with a previous poster who said that it was a bit disjointed. For example, the complete story of the Christian woman who came to work at ebay under humble circumstances, and then was promoted to head of the eBay foundation takes about 3-4 pages, but it's spread out over 2/3 of the book. There are many stories that are interwoven piecemeal through the book that it takes away from the sense of chronological progression of the story.

This book definitely has a neutral to positive spin. If you're looking for ebay bashing this isn't it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on the history of eBay 18 September 2016
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Great book on the history of eBay! Just wish there was plan updated version of today's eBay. 2002 was so long ago