EBay's GiftsNearby Taps Into Last-Minute Offline Shopping

EBay has launched an offshoot of its main site called GiftsNearby, which helps holiday shoppers pick up last-minute presents based on local inventory. In particular, a special relationship was formed with Best Buy that lets users pay for products online and then pick them up at the store. For eBay, it extends the shopping season beyond limitations of the post office. The service leverages information from Milo.com, a company eBay acquired earlier this month.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work