South Korean (automaker) attacks!

As I’m writing this North Korea is shelling a small South Korean island. I’m sitting in my living room hoping that another piece of news from South Korea—Kia’s new eBay Motors store—will have an even greater impact on the world.

The store has its own url,, but once you get past the landing page and start focusing in a specific model, it looks like almost any other eBay item page. As Martha Stewart would say, “That’s a good thing.”

I decided to “watch” a 2011 Kia Sportage. We’ll see what kind of information I get from this exercise. The Sportage item page gives the MSRP and lets shoppers make an offer.Kia Sportage

Will I find out what an actual customer ended up shelling out for this SUV, or will this just be a dead end? I’ve always wanted to know what other people pay for their cars. I suspect that everyone is better than me when it comes to driving a bargain on a new car.

It’s a little surprising that Kia is emerging as the automobile innovator with eBay. I’d think that General Motors, in its desperate attempt to reorganize, streamline and become profitable, would take advantage of this pipeline to consumers. Well, what do I know? I decided to see if I could find a GM presence on eBay.

I entered “gm cars on ebay” on google. There it was, a gm site: I clicked on it:

“Sorry, this program ended on September 30, 2009.”

As GM tries to become the world leader in electric cars, it can’t seem to figure out how to be the world leader in electronic sales.

That doesn’t bode well.

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