Sold! Primedia Is Winning Bidder for eBay’s Rent.com Subsidiary.

EBay has sold Rent.com, a subsidiary that helps renters find a place to live, to Primedia, an Atlanta-based company that also owns home-rental resources, such as ApartmentGuide.com, Rentals.com and RentalHouses.com. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. In 2005, eBay acquired Rent.com, which helped to build a platform to ship automobiles for eBay Motors.


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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