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GM's eBay Motors Deal Goes Live Tomorrow


General Motors partners with eBay Motors in California

General Motors partners with eBay Motors in California

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After a premature post-bankruptcy announcement in July, the real General Motors-eBay Motors deal is going live tomorrow, offering car buyers the chance to purchase a new car fresh off the lot straight from their living room sofa.

GM hopes that tapping eBay Motors' 12 million monthly visits through its special GM-branded portal will help boost sales and cut costs as the company tries to move remaining 2008 and 2009 model year vehicles from its inventory. Select 2010 models will also be available.

Over 225 California Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac and GMC dealers are participating in the promotion, which starts August 11 and runs through September 8.

Buyers familiar with eBay Motors will find the buying options familiar as well: both "Buy It Now" and "Best Offer" sales formats will be used, allowing for either quick-and-easy purchases or online negotiation to secure the best price possible.

GM says about 20,000 new vehicles will be offered through the partnership.

It's interesting to watch as more and more carmakers realize the increasingly important role online research, shopping and accessibility are playing in the overall marketplace, and adapt to meet those changes.

So what do you think? Is the eBay Motors partnership a step in the right direction? Or is it just a gimmick to help GM get rid of unwanted inventory? Would you like to see eBay buying as a permanent option? Sound off in our comments section below.

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Comments (7)
  1. It seems like GM is planning to get double hit 1) eBay and> 2) PayPal. eBay and PayPal are most famous hiking their fees. No matter how much volume discount eBay or Paypal is going to offer to GM. GM probably will be charged for all cars to get listed (Listing Fees), no matter if it sells or not. Once sold, GM has to pay heavy Final Value Fee plus paypal fee. This is on top of the dealer commision.
    Regarding Buy It Now option, customer has to very careful for buying any car by viewing fancy picture rather than without looking under-the-hood, cranking the engine and without having test-ride. The customer can end-up miserable with after sale minor tune-up issues. All GM subsidaries are bankrupt, getting parts and proper services will be another issue.
    In case of best offer, eBay with a greed of getting their fees, will reveal buyers contact information to GM. The customer will receive endless follow-up calls pushing the car sell at whatever the price. Successful customers have to think about insurance package on new car too!
    Cars are not like softwares, browsing inventory of any car delear on laptop is absolutely different than actually buying a car after test-ride. I guess they have to rephrase the sentence to As the dealer showroom shrinks to the laptop from the parking lot& I guess, buyers have to extra careful against eBay and Paypal greed, plus GM Dealers pushing the sell by hook or cook. The web-site http://gm.ebay.com/ga3/search/gmprogram is not fully functional.
     
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  2. While reading other blogs, I found following interesting originally posted by GM Lover:
    GM probably will be charged for all cars to get listed (Listing Fees), no matter if it sells or not. Once sold, GM has to pay heavy Final Value Fee plus paypal fee. This is on top of the dealer commission&.
    Actually these over-heads will be passed on to the buyers. buyers will end-up paying unnecessary price hike of minimum $2000 or more.
    so final results will be:
    1) Buyers has to pay minimum $2000 or more while purchasing from eBay GM instead of getting walk-in cash discount of minimum $1200~$1800.
    eBay is also well known as auto bot bidding to higher up the bidding automatically to get maximum Final Value Fees.
    2) GM is cutting down dealership by 40% who is going to provide services after sales? As of now, 225 of 250 dealers in the state of California participated, and later on it result in vanishing physical identities of Authorized GM Dealers. The whole picture is very gloomy.
    3) In critical time for the company like GM, and hit by the recession, GM has tied with company eBay whose market reputation is not really as good as Amazon. eBay and PayPal to gather are involved in tons of insider trading, insider auto bot bidding to get higher final value fees and higher percentage of comission. eBay and PayPal are involved in tons of scams, that reader of this post would like to look at the web-site called paypalsucks (dot) com or screw-paypal (dot) com. You will probably never find sites like this for any other good reputed online marketing or auction companies. Any financial scam by eBay or PayPal definitely damage GM Market Reputation too. I am worried coz I have GM, and I LUV GM.
    There were plenty of better choices like Autotrader or Cars available for GM other than eBay where as on eBay most of the visitors concern is to look for something cheap.
    In name of GM, eBay and PayPal will definitely going to prosper themselves by milking the cow and their customers with other products.
    GM has to very sure that GM customer information is not leaked to any other competitive automobile companies for just greed of money.
    4) eBay revenue went up during last year due to hike in their fees, plus insider mafia activities of capturing someones well-reputed business items by kicking out, or blocking original player, or buying his well developed eBay account. eBay is highly influenced for selling out their members information and data statistics for few hundred of bucks.
    5) According to Don Folk, a Chevrolet dealer. What it always boils down to, is that before making a major purchase like an automobile & a person would want to get in the vehicle [and] drive the vehicle, he said. Youre still going to have to touch the metal.
    Adobe and probably Microsoft may have some success with eBay for software. You simply can not compare Automobiles with software. Automobile you always wanna have a ride, touch, see and feel.
    6) Getting the parts will be the pain for buyers. Most of the parts available on eBay are not authentic, but fake, imitated like original made in Taiwan, not really made in US. Normally Taiwan parts runs when you replace it, but no one can say when it gonna break.
    Most of the parts makers, parts suppliers, dealers and virtually every company in the automotive sector are out of business now in US.
    7) Buyer have to be extra cautious coz all information about the car he or she is planning to buy from GM eBay is already available to many people before he or she actually purchase it.
    8) eBay and PayPal policy about money refund is also not very clear.
    9) In case of refund. Whom PayPal is going to support GM (with a greed of commission) or a buyer?
    10) Buyer has to work out for competitive insurance quote too!
    ULTIMATELY IT IS A PLAN TO RIP-OFF BUYERS.
    So, SMART BUYER HAS TO THINK MORE THAN TWICE, OR
    JUST STAY AWAY!
     
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  3. In recent development, eBay confirmed officially to the press that we-site www.gm.ebay.com started getting Overwhelming Responses and Best Offers.
    But, eBay can not pass these offers to GM as they are too low and below $1.00. They are still waiting for some offers which are really good which can enable eBay to rip-off big bag of fees.
     
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  4. Followings are excerpts from other forums posted by others:
    Let us have a close look to the lowest priced vehicle listed on GMeBay and other terms and conditions .
    2009 Chevrolet Aveo LS US $10,325.00 (Walk-In Lowest Quote for the same so far was US $9625.00)
    Plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer document preparation charge, and any emission testing charge. These will lead buyers total Cost Of Ownership to $25,500+ approximately.
    = />If buyers can negotiate a way better face-to-face than eBay, what is the use of submitting best offer and getting unwanted calls from all possible marketing channels?
    Warranty Details
    100,000 Mile/5 Year* Transferable Powertrain Limited Warranty plus Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation Programs.
    = />5 Year forecast about GM and GM's Dealer is full of thunder storms and strong wind waves, which may blew many dealers off the business.
    Shipping Details
    Delivery options for your vehicle can be arranged between you and the GM dealer you purchase the car from.
    Where are these vehicles located?
    A: The vehicles that you can select from are located at participating California GM dealerships. By entering your zip code to begin your search, eBay Motors will be able to provide results that show actual vehicles at dealerships in your locale.
    = /> By entering your zip code, the buyers are revealing their identities. The buyer may be targeted many on-line marketing channels.
    How can I pick up my new vehicle?
    A: You can pick up your new vehicle at the GM dealership you've purchased it from. If the selling dealership is not in your geographical location, you can arrange shipping options with the dealer. As with all eBay transactions, shipping costs are generally the buyer's responsibility.
    = /> The buyers may end up to pick up new vehicle from remote and distant located GM Dealers, which adds up higher cost of delivery.
    Payment Instructions
    If you click on "Buy It Now" or "Make an Offer" you are making an offer to purchase the vehicle at a specified price. Although the selling dealer may confirm that the price is acceptable online, there is no binding agreement to sell you the vehicle until you and the dealer reach final agreement on satisfactory payment arrangements for the vehicle and for delivery. Each dealer may have its own payment terms applicable to the sale of the vehicle. The dealer should contact you if your price is accepted to make these, and potentially other, arrangements. If the dealer does not contact you, GM will follow up with you and facilitate that contact, but you should feel free to contact the dealer yourself to make these arrangements.
    = /> Under both options, "Buy It Now" and "Make an Offer" do not guaranty buyer that he or she will get the vehicle. These terms looks like a buyer's trap in GM Dealers Network plus other marketing channels.
    Sharing Information with GM Dealers and GM
    When you ask a question, submit an offer, or click on Buy It Now for a vehicle listed as part of the GM/eBay new vehicle website, your personal information will be shared with GM and participating Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick or GMC dealers, who may use your information to communicate with you about your expression of interest and to evaluate the effectiveness of the promotion. It may also be used by our suppliers to provide services. If you have questions please contact GM at 1-866-465-1005 or the selling dealer at the toll free number provided with the vehicle listing.
    = /> The processes "Buy It Now" and "Make an Offer" look like identity theft, as it does not meet normal standard of online privacy protection. There is no guaranty has been provided so far, either by eBay and PayPal, that your personal and other financial information will not be shared to other marketing channels.
    The whole game looks like a catch, buyer's trap, in which buyers may be a victim of many marketing channels.
     
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  5. Fuel Efficient Hybrid Cars (Dual Energy) already knocked the doors in North America.
    Folks just forget eBay or PayPal or what so ever for a while, their role to boost GM's car sale is really not bad at all.
    But the major technology issue with GM's cars is they all are almost out-dated. GM had more than three decades to respond to higher gas prices with fuel-efficient cars, and to meet the Japanese challenge with better products. While Ford has responded the challenge with successful Ford Escape running down the roads. By 2010 you will also find a new player Suzuki in North America.
    In terms of technology, its very... very long run for GM like Marathon with other cutting edge competitiors.
    Somewhere in last May'2009, GM was about to recall 1.5 million cars made between 1997 and 2003 for possible engine fires. And here is a true story
    David A. Vogt wrote:
    On or about November 11, 2004 my 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix caught fire when we stopped at a rest stop about 50 miles from Chattanooga, TN on our way to a wedding in Atlanta. Since we are from Illinois, I was forced to buy a new car in Chattanooga in order for us to have a way home. Thankfully, we had others traveling to the wedding who we were able to contact by cell phone. They picked us up at the rest stop, took us to Long of Chattanooga, a Pontiac dealer, and then on to Atlanta to the wedding. My car was in perfect condition and we had no intention of buying a new car.
    A hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) is a hybrid vehicle that combines a conventional internal combustion engine propulsion system with an electric propulsion system. The presence of the electric powertrain is intended to achieve better fuel economy than a conventional vehicle. A hybrid electric vehicle is also a form of electric vehicle; a variety of types of HEV exist, and the degree to which they function as EVs varies as well. The most common form of HEV is the hybrid electric car, an automobile driven by a gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric motors powered by batteries.
    Followings are most successful hybrid vehicles running down the roads in North America
    Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Lexux Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid. Among all of them Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, Ford Escape and Honda Insight are doing the best according to the consumer statistics.
    Fuel cell, electric hybrid
    The fuel cell hybrid is generally an electric vehicle equipped with a fuel cell. The fuell cell as well as the electric battery are both power sources, making the vehicle a hybrid. Fuel cells use hydrogen as a fuel and power the electric battery when it is depleted. The Ford Edge Hyseries Drive and Honda FCX are examples of a fuel cell/electric hybrid.
    Hybrid Vehicles are the cars of the future. Over time, hybrids will trend to green environment technologies such as ethanol, biodiesels, hydrogen and new lithium battery technologies with their high energy, low weight and long life capabilities. Hybrid Vehicles are more fuel efficient.
    Smart Buyer always invests in a cutting edge technology which in return repays every single buck invested.
     
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  6. here are some buyers feedbacks on GMeBay
    http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/9724/gmebayfeedbackreviews.jpg
    [url=http://h.imagehost.org/view/0617/GMeBay_feedback_reviews][img]http://h.imagehost.org/0617/GMeBay_feedback_reviews.jpg[/img][/url]
     
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  7. Neither GM or eBay listen to any customer complaints while buying online on GMeBay.
    I was such a stupid decided to buy GM(???????)
    Followings are the links for buyers feedback:
    http://i27.tinypic.com/11kjql5.jpg
    -or-
    http://www.ephotobay.com/image/gmebay-feedback-reviews.jpg
    -or-
    http://img5.imagebanana.com/img/crx3z4d/GMeBay_feedback_reviews.jpg
    -or-
    http://cache.hostmyjpg.com/440188096_GMeBay_feedback_reviews.jpg
    -or-
    http://www.imageneva.com/out.php/i2872_GMeBayfeedbackreviews.jpg
    -or-
    http://www.ephotobay.com/image/gmebay-feedback-reviews.jpg
    or
    http://img.hostmyjpg.com/440188096_GMeBay_feedback_reviews.jpg
    GM and eBay both are disappointing.
     
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