As an online business ourselves, we understand the unique risks and challenges that web-based retailers face. Shoes of Prey, an online footwear store that allows women to customize shoes; Sole Society; Bonobos (men’s fashion); and women’s plus-sized site Eloquii are just a few of the web-first brands that have chosen Nordstrom for their first physical shops.
One of the best things about eBay is that you can list an item and, as long as your keywords are solid, price is fair and your listing clear, it will sell even if you do literally nothing else to market it. I think the biggest advantage eBay has is name recognition.
If e-books become dominant (and this would happen faster if retailers were able to set their own, lower prices on bestsellers), then big publishers would either have to rebuild their business model around e-books, or suffer extraordinary financial losses.
There can be …