Nielsen: Circuit City Site Catching Up to Best Buy
March 4, 2008

BestBuy.com is still the #1 Web site for consumer electronics in the U.S., but Circuit City’s site is closing the gap, thanks to big growth in January. That’s according to Nielsen Online ratings for the first month of the year, as cited by the Web site Internetretailer.com. According to the survey, Best Buy’s site had 16.2 million unique visitors in January, ahead of Circuit City with 14.61 million, and eBay’s electronics and computer sites with 9.82 and 6.08 million, respectively. TigerDirect.com and Windows Marketplace followed. While Best Buy maintained its lead, Circuit City’s site grew by 40 percent in usage from the same

Best Buy, Circuit City, Ebay Top Electronics Web Sites
January 30, 2008

Best Buy and Circuit City’s online stores once again lead the rankings of Web sites for consumer electronics retailers, according to Nielsen Online figures cited by Web site InternetRetailer.com. According to the stats, Bestbuy.com was number one in December with 23.99 million unique visitors, followed by Circuit City with 19.61 million visitors. However, Circuit City’s numbers grew by more, jumping 20 percent over December ‘06, while Best Buy only jumped 9 percent. Rounding out the top five were Ebay’s electronics and computer sites (which are listed separately), and GameStop.com, which saw a survey-best 68 percent jump to 4.96 million visitors. In rankings

Departing Ebay Chief Considers Political Future
January 29, 2008

Could the Governator be succeeded by the Auctionator? That’s a possibility now that recently departed Ebay chief Meg Whitman is considering running for governor of California in 2010. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Whitman, who has been raising funds for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has met with state Republican operatives about a run for the Sacramento statehouse. While California is one of the nation’s most Democratic-leaning states, the state’s current governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a Republican. Schwarzenegger is unlikely to seek re-election in 2010, as he is rumored to be considering either a U.S. Senate run or a return to

Ebay CEO Whitman Reportedly May Retire
January 22, 2008

One of Silicon Valley’s most high-profile executives may be on the way out, as the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Meg Whitman, CEO of Ebay, Inc., for the past ten years, is preparing to retire. Whitman, the Journal said, had been delegating more and more to lieutenants of late, while also planning a succession that will likely lead to John Donahoe, the company’s auction head, to become the new CEO. The change comes as Ebay is reportedly considering changing its fee structure, collecting bigger fees once transactions are completed.

Google Checkout Launches
June 30, 2006

The highly anticipated payment service Google Checkout was launched Thursday by the eponymous search-engine giant. Initially referred to in news reports as Google Wallet or GBuy, Google Checkout processes online transactions between customers and e-tailers. Checkout also stores names, addresses and credit card information -- so that customers need not reveal this information directly to sellers -- and is responsible for keeping the data safe. The services provided by Checkout are much like those of PayPal, which is owned by eBay--one of Google’s biggest advertisers. Although the services offered are similar, the costs of PayPal and Checkout are different. PayPal’s fees run from 1.9 to

Accessories Online
March 1, 2006

While you may already be familiar with the potential for accessories sales in retail, the rate at which these add-ons can establish or grow online sales may come as a surprise. eBay, for example, is seeing some accessories sales surpass their parent devices: MP3 player accessories are growing at three times the rate of MP3 players, while cell phone cases and pouches are growing at nearly twice the rate of cell phones. The shelf-space constraints of traditional retailers provide online e-tailers a clear advantage, enabling them to address a broader range of consumers with greater breadth and depth of products. Since consumer choices in accessories

40 Under 40
June 1, 2005

This month, Dealerscope features 40 of the brightest over-achievers in the consumer electronics business. They hail from a variety of market sectors--they're retailers, marketing managers, product developers and manufacturers--but each of these all-stars have one thing in common: They were selected from nominations supplied by their industry peers based on success achieved before the age of 40.