eBay's Bid to Conquer All

For all the dotcom disasters, here's one company that's redefining e-commerce

Let's say you need to get your hands on a 53-passenger school bus with hydraulic brakes and a six-cylinder diesel engine. Or a 1998 Ford monster truck called Wizard that will let you "give rides all day, crush cars all night." Or four pawnshops--plus a half interest in three check-advance businesses--spread across western Kentucky. Where would you start to look?

There's only one place on earth: eBay.

If the name eBay conjures up Bongo the Monkey, Huggy the Bear and the rest of the Beanie Baby clan, you're about three years behind the times. Computer giant Sun Microsystems is listing...

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