In the course of a year I've earned less than $4.00 from eBay. If this weren't bad enough I find that items listed on Amazon are consistently cheaper than identical items listed on eBay. Typically these items are 5% less than those listed on the auction site.
Taking this into account why would a purchaser buy an eBay item and pay more for shipping, when Amazon offers identical products 5% (or more) percent less than eBay, and often with shipping included?
My immediate answer is they wouldn't.
I have to wonder if eBay will be with us much longer.
Regardless eBay is not a "cash cow," far from it.