The Perfect Store: Inside eBay

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Little, Brown, Dec 14, 2008 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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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A journalist's admiring history of eBay, written with a dated enthusiam for the new economy.The Web site eBay is quite a phenomenon—the Internet's flea market cum chat room, where only a few clicks ... Read full review

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A very interesting book for anyone interested in startups and the web. Reads like a story, not like a lecture. Read full review


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Adam Cohen graduated from Harvard Law School and was an education-reform lawyer before becoming a journalist. He is assistant editorial page editor of The New York Times, where he has been a member of the editorial board since 2002. He was previously a senior writer for Time magazine. He is the author of several books including Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America, The Perfect Store: Inside eBay, and Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck. He is the co-author of American Pharaoh: Richard J. Daley - His Battle for Chicago and the Nation.

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