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eBay CEO Blasts Amazon Prime Air as a “Long-Term Fantasy”

by Jacob Kleinman | December 9, 2013December 9, 2013 12:00 pm PST

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Amazon won itself a ton of attention when it announced its plans to launch Prime Air, a drone-delivery system for shipping items in under 30 minutes which it hopes to launch as soon as 2015. The news has been met with a mix of excitement and skepticism, and now eBay CEO John Donahoe has jumped into the fray, calling Amazon’s fleet of drones an unrealistic pipe dream.

“We’re not really focusing on long-term fantasies, we’re focusing on things that will change consumers’ experience today,” Donahoe told Bloomberg in a recent interview. The CEO didn’t downplay the importance of innovations or moonshots, noting, “[eBay’s] focus on bold innovation is around commerce.” Though he didn’t come out and say it, it seems Donahoe may be suggesting that Amazon’s latest announcement was little more than a publicity stunt ahead of the country’s biggest shopping weekend.

Donahoe also pointed to his company’s own eBay Now service, which offers delivery within the hour in a handful of cities including New York, Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco. eBay plans to cover 25 markets in total with within-the-hour delivery by the end of 2014.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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