February 23, 1999 3:45 PM PST
eBay may nix wine sales
eBay CEO Meg Whitman told CNET News.com today that wine is one category that raises regulatory issues because rules on liquor sales vary widely from one jurisdiction to another. Last week the popular service decided not to host gun auctions anymore.
"We're trying to look ahead to what might happen when, instead of having 13 million listings in a quarter, we have three or four times that," Whitman said after speaking at the BancBoston Robertson Stephens investor conference in San Francisco.
Whitman said one option might be to outsource wine auctions to a vendor like Virtual Vineyard, which has been selling wine on the Net since 1995 and thus has confronted the regulatory issues around selling in different regions or countries.