Can AI Save eBay?

EBay was one of the fledgling internet companies at the center of the dot-com boom of the mid-to-late 1990s, and the online marketplace has outlasted more than its fair share of competitors who have not been so fortunate (hello AOL, Yahoo). However, eBay has had a tough time of it lately. EBay’s stock has dropped by more than half over the past year — from an all-time high of $66.29 per share on July 17, 2015, to close at $30.79 per share on Tuesday (Aug. 2). And the company faces stiff competition, not just from massive global rivals, like Amazon and Alibaba, who more and more seem like they want to sell everything and anything under the sun online, but also smaller merchants using eCommerce upstarts and on-demand ordering apps…


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