Google And eBay Duke It Out Over A Party

Here's a story that makes you wonder if the adults at both Google and eBay hadn't taken a few days off this week. The New York Times had this wonderful story about eBay's annual big convention for its largest sellers and how Google scheduled its own party at the event. Google thought this would be a good way to sell GoogleCheckout to people who might otherwise have gone for eBay's PayPal.

What Google forget is that eBay is a huge Google customer, not to mention deliciously vindictive. eBay immediately canceled all of its ads on Google, which stung because eBay is the largest buyer of search ads on Google. Google then quickly canceled its party. Did eBay reciprocate? I'll answer that with a question: Does a cat ever kill a caught mouse quickly?