Woof: EBay Is Winning Bidder for Milo

EBay has acquired Milo as a way to add a physical presence to its e-commerce strategy. Milo’s extensive database of products from 50,000 U.S. retail stores, like Best Buy, Sears and Target, will be integrated into the e-commerce giant’s search results to provide local shopping alternatives.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both TechCrunch and Business Insider peg the price tag at around $75 million in cash.

Analysts have been critical of eBay’s ability to turn its marketplaces unit around as it struggles to maintain its lead against others like Amazon and Google.

The purchase of Milo will help eBay bridge the gap between online shopping and brick-and-mortar locations. Milo’s database will be integrated into RedLaser, a mobile phone app eBay bought earlier this year that allows consumers to check prices in physical stores by scanning a bar code. Likewise, Milo’s sale to eBay will help give it some additional backing as it faces competition from Google, which in March launched the ability to check stock at nearby stores from smartphone devices.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus