eBay is a company, which is not very much influenced by political developments. Some countries might put some policies affecting them in place and the on-going globalization might have effects on them as well.
Globalization is an issue that will positively affect eBay’s business. They will be able to expand internationally and find new markets.
Some government policies in favor and against interests might be introduced. When looking in the past though, national governments have left e-commerce alone.
Regulatory bodies and processes
Regulations could be passed making sites ensure a certain level of security in online shopping, increasing customer security but also costs for online businesses.
Interest and Exchange Rates
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Secondly and more importantly if taxation for every sale in online auction houses would be introduced this would seriously damage eBay.
Further integration of the Internet in the daily life will be a major issue in the next years. This is a great opportunity for eBay and will affect them very positively.
Consumer buying patterns
Consumer might develop completely different buying patterns meaning that they might start buying everything online and getting it delivered. eBay could make use of this and find new markets.
eBay’s brand image might suffer over time and their competition might then overtake their position as market leader.
In some countries the population is becoming older and in some younger. Older generations might not show much interest in a service like eBay while younger generations generally show more interests in
innovations. This means that older societies might not be such a market for eBay to aim at.
Consumer buying mechanism
In future buying of products will more and more take place on online platforms. eBay might be able to take advantage of this by finding new markets and increasing their market share.
If innovations come, which they will, and eBay does no steps towards them, one of their competitors will do so and maybe even inherit eBay’s position as market leader
eBay might be confronted with further patent or licensing issues, which can do them major harm. In very bad cases this could mean that eBay’s earnings are cut down to large percentages because they go to
the Internet has had a major influence on the ways consumers and businesses research and purchase products. Whereas in the early and mid-1990s, it was rare for consumers to consider cross-border purchases this is now becoming common via services such as eBay, with the result that even small businesses can now serve a global market.