Google Base vs. eBay - battle 1 - search
Ok it's only been up for a couple of hours, but I've got to call this one.
See how quickly it takes with each system to find a black 2gb nano.
The google base search system just simply ROCKS! Using the refine your search tags/attribs under te results you can really navigate the listings rapidly and this should scale much better than eBay's 1990's flavor category metaphor.
There was a beta of a new search engine at eBay called Magellan that did some of this. Unfortunately the super-dev that created it, Louis Monier, went to... you guessed it google. The google base has Louis fingerprints all over it. What's worse is when he left he dropped a pretty big stink bomb on eBay and their lack of innovation.
The winner: Google Base
What this does point out is I think we're going to see the folks in San Jose start listening more to sellers. As always competition is a good thing!