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Controversialist and online retailer Ruslan Kogan has caused a minor sensation by using a conference stage to say that successful bricks-and-mortar retailers are “Apple’s bitch”. The thrust of his argument – ignoring, by the way, that most bricks-and-mortar retail in Australia has nothing to do with the consumer electronics …


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  1. Steve McPolin

    ahhh crap...

    I was hoping somebody was finally going to pimp themselves as the "iTunes Killer". I have a little poster-board filled with "iPod killers"; and a smaller group that asserted they would be "iPhone Killers". So far, the "iTunes Killer" board is pretty lonely. I was hoping this was it.

    Rock on, formerly unheard of and destined to remain, Rusian Kogan: your 15 msec is up.

  2. Philip Cohen

    eBay the new Westfield?

    Seriously, why would any reputable “brand” retailer risk their reputation, and the loss of control of their selling process, by going aboard this sinking eBay ship that has at its helm a group of most disingenuous and unscrupulous, indeed white-collar-criminal, senior executives—other than, of course, to ultimately direct any potential customers to their own website for a cheaper deal?

    eBay/PayPal/Donahoe: Dead Men Walking.

  3. Anonymous Coward


    This guy clearly knows little about brand image.

    Cartier, Dior, Tiffanys, Gucci, Bang and Olufsen, Bentley, = Style, asperation, image, design

    eBay = cheap tat.

    Do he really think the the former want to be associated with the latter?

  4. N2

    May as well crack on

    E-bay dosnt give a stuff about its small sellers, who are the ones that made it what it is

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Don't be daft...

    ... if it works (sales increase natch) = do more.

    It is probably a very simple formula along lines of:

    if it works do more of the same

    if it ain't broke don't fix it

    keep your eye on the market and innovate

    Bricks & mortar provide hands on experience along with face-to-face genius access and seems to compliment online access to purchasing kit/training?

  6. russsh

    eBay vs. brand

    Here in Oz at least, the top brands - at least those that people will seek out, rather than those that need passing traffic - are moving to an agency model, where the customer deals with the brand owner (facilitated on-line in the retailer's shop!) and then the retailer is paid a commission.

    This means that the goods are the same price everywhere. (We can only guess the competition regulator's view on this, maybe they also realise how rapidly the retail game is changing.)

    So working through the consequences for eBay -

    Would the brand owner allow a different price on the net - don't think so

    Would eBay get a different commission compared to a retailer - probably

    Would it be more or less than a retailer gets - the retailer provides a much more valuable service, so probably less

    So, the conclusion seems to be: brand owner takes all, eBay gets not much.

    This aligns with the viewpoint of the brand owner - would they get an additional sale by selling through eBay? Seems unlikely.

  7. wathend

    Kogan is a drop kick

    Ruslan Kogan is a small time online retailer with some chinese TVs and thats about it. Why would anyone listen to him to even worry about publishing his rants. Bricks and Mortar retailers will be around for a long time at least until someone can work out how to send consumers goods through a Star Trek type teleporter...

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