eBay launches Sell Your Phone campaign

iPhone 6 will be available starting September 19, so future adopters have a little over a week to sell their old phone and get in line for the new iOS 8-compatible phone. But if haggling with sketchy strangers from Craigslist over the best price for your existing phone isn't your cup of tea, then let eBay do the work for you.

Let eBay unload your phone

Check the eBay tracker to see how much your device is worth. The price calculator covers a variety of brands: Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and more. Choose your phone model, carrier, color, extra … Read more

Tweet Eye for eBay Sellers for Mac review

Tweet Eye for eBay Sellers for Mac lets you link your eBay and Twitter accounts, so that you can market your items for sale more effectively. With this program, you can hashtag your keywords, and schedule tweets that include images of your listings to help customers find you and increase your eBay sales. Whether you depend on eBay as a significant source of revenue or are just an occasional seller, you can benefit from the functionality of this app.

To begin using Tweet Eye for eBay Sellers, click "Add" under Twitter Users, and you'll be redirected to … Read more

eBay review

You've always been able to access eBay with your Android device's Web browser, but eBay Mobile makes it easier and safer than ever to manage your bids, auctions, purchases, and more. You can search for items, place bids, and do anything you can do on eBay with eBay Mobile. The descriptions, data, and links are the same, and the thumbnails open high-resolution images that you can scroll and zoom.

We opened eBay Mobile and entered our user name and password. The app displayed a slimmed-down home page with a search field, shopping cart, and Recently Viewed Items in … Read more

The 404 1,423: Where we let that baby settle (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Bye-bye Flappy Bird -- popular game grounded by its creator.

- NYPD gets onboard with Google Glass. Relax everyone, it's just a test.

- How to hack a 3D printer into a surprisingly skilled air hockey robot.

- New study finds that moms aren't as annoying on Facebook as you thought.

- AMC's zombie stunt scared the hell out of these New Yorkers.… Read more

The 404 1,394: Where we buy in bulk (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Your traditional Black Friday Walmart gadget brawl footage.

- Shoppers whip out mobile gadgets to tackle Black Friday madness.

- The dirty secret behind Black Friday discounts.

- 92 percent of 2013 Black Friday ads contain the exact same items at the same price as 2012.

- Amazon drones: Bold experiment or shrewd publicity stunt?

- Amazon "drones" stir up privacy concerns among lawmakers.

- Nextdoor is a social network that helps you keep a friendly neighborhood.… Read more

eBay third-quarter earnings beat estimates, but forecast weak

eBay reported third-quarter earnings after the bell Wednesday, and the report was saved by revenue increases across the portfolio.

Collectively, the online retail giant reported a net income of $689 million, or 53 cents per share.

Non-GAAP earnings were 64 cents per share on revenue of $3.9 billion, up 14 percent annually.

Wall Street was looking for earnings of 63 cents per share on a revenue of $3.9 billion.

The bright spot during the third quarter was mobile, reaffirming once again CEO John Donahoe's big bet on the medium.

Mobile commerce volume jumped by 75 percent … Read more

eBay buys price-predicting site Decide.com

eBay has snapped up Seattle-based Decide.com, a research service aimed at helping consumers decide when to by products by trying to predict whether prices will go up or down.

The acquisition will allow eBay to tap Decide software developers and data scientists to build a better pricing tools for sellers on eBay. Decide's services, Web site, and mobile apps will be shut down by September 30, according to a note posted by CEO Mike Fridgen on Friday:

Over the past year, we began experimenting with eBay and discovered an exciting opportunity to apply our team's strength in … Read more

Rare Pokemon card attracts record-breaking $50k offers on eBay

It's called Illustrator, and it's one of the rarest and most valuable Pokemon cards ever made. Only six are thought to exist. Now, one is up for sale on eBay for a mind-boggling $100,000.

While eBay user Scott Pratte -- a prolific seller whose two card-collecting passions include Pokemon and hockey -- is aware that his item won't likely fetch that enormous amount, he's already received a legitimate offer of $47,000. He expects to see that amount climb at least a little higher in the remaining 13 days of his auction.

"Realistically, an ungraded copy could easily earn $20,000, so I'm hoping somewhere around $50,000," he said in an interview. The term ungraded refers to cards that haven't had their condition professionally qualified by the preeminent third-party trading card grading service, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). Pratte has received grades for all of his rare collectibles, including the Illustrator card. … Read more

eBay Now expands coverage area for 1-hour delivery

eBay is expanding its 1-hour delivery service, eBay Now, to new locations in the San Francisco area, New York area, Chicago, and Dallas, the company announced Monday.

In addition to expanding its service area, eBay is adding features that may seem a bit backwards -- desktop access to eBay Now and an in-store pick-up option for all of eBay.com.

But eBay's VP of mobile and local, Dane Glasgow, said the company is adding the features at the request of customers. eBay Now lets users order from one of eBay's local retail partners, during store hours, and have … Read more

Internet tax bill targets all digital downloads

Update: The Senate late today passed the bill, sending it to the House.

The U.S. Senate is planning to vote Monday to levy new taxes on mobile app developers, cloud computing services, music and movie downloads, and even people selling collections of WordPress themes.

Senators who are backing the legislation known as S.743 describe it as a way to force out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on physical shipments. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., claims his bill will "put local and Main Street retailers on a level playing field with their out-of-state and online counterparts."

What Enzi and … Read more