Google vs eBay: First Round eBay

Looks like the lines have been drawn in the sand, and the nerds are stepping back to see what happens. eBay has pulled all of their text link advertisements from Google’s search engine in response to a party that Google has setup to conflict with eBay’s Live. The Google party, let freedom ring, is an attempt by Google to gets eBay stores to use Google Checkout, which eBay has blocked. eBay has said this is just one of those things they do to test to determine the best allocation of their advertising and marketing budget.

However, a source familiar with the situation said the move is an angry reaction by eBay’s management to Google’s decision to hold a protest party concurrent with the start of eBay Live, the company’s annual conference for merchants. Google has been reaching out to media to promote the party, aimed at eBay merchants who are upset that eBay doesn’t allow them to use Google’s Checkout online transaction system. eBay Live begins Thursday evening in Boston, which is the time and place Google has chosen for its protest party.

This person also said the situation is fast-developing and fluid, with high-ranking eBay executives holding meetings right now to discuss the extent of the decision. Source: eBay pulls ads from Google ad network

Here is the original blog announcement from Google.

Are you an online seller attending eBay Live! in Boston this week? If so, join us for a celebration of user choice at the Google Checkout Freedom Party on Thursday night (6/14). To get to the party, just hop on the classic Beantown trolley in front of the Boston Convention Center and follow the freedom trail to the Old South Meeting House. We?ll use the same spot where revolutionaries launched the Boston Tea Party to celebrate freedom with free food, free drinks, free live music — even free massages. Join us and bring a friend. RSVP here. Source: Let freedom ring

But guess what? If you click on the link in the article to RSVP, the webpage says “Thank you for your interest in attending. This event will no longer take place as originally planned. We apologize for any inconvenience.” So Google has already backed down, and I don’t see any ads from eBay showing up yet, but that can take a few minutes to start back up for sure. I guess we will have to wait for the official announcements from both companies.

Here is the official announcement from Google about them canceling the let freedom ring party.

eBay Live attendees have plenty of activities to keep them busy this week in Boston, and we did not want to detract from that activity. After speaking with officials at eBay, we at Google agreed that it was better for us not to feature this event during the eBay Live conference. Source: Update to our event on 6/14