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If we are unable to attract and retain skilled employees, we might not be able to sustain our
Our future success depends on our ability to continue to attract, retain and motivate highly skilled employees, particularly employees
with sales, marketing, operations and technology expertise. Competition for employees in our industry is intense. We have experienced difficulty from time to time in attracting the personnel necessary
to support the growth of our business, and we may experience similar difficulties in the future. If we are unable to attract, assimilate and retain employees with the necessary skills, we may not be
able to grow our business and revenue.
We may need additional financing in the future, which may not be available on favorable terms, if at
We may need additional funds to finance our operations, as well as to enhance our services, fund our expansion, respond to competitive
pressures or acquire complementary businesses or technologies. However, our business may not generate the cash needed to finance such requirements. If we raise additional funds through the issuance of
equity or convertible debt securities, the percentage ownership of our existing stockholders would be reduced, and these securities may have rights, preferences or privileges senior to those of our
common stock. If adequate funds are not available or are not available on acceptable terms, our ability to enhance our services, fund our expansion, respond to competitive pressures or take advantage
of business opportunities would be significantly limited, and we might need to significantly restrict our operations.
We face legal uncertainties relating to the Internet in general and to the e-commerce industry in
particular and may become subject to costly government regulation.
The laws and regulations related to the Internet and e-commerce are evolving. These laws and regulations relate to issues such as user
privacy, freedom of expression, pricing, fraud, quality of products and services, taxation, advertising, intellectual property rights and information security. Laws governing issues such as property
ownership, copyrights and other intellectual property issues, taxation, libel and defamation, obscenity and personal privacy could also affect our business. Laws adopted prior to the advent of the
Internet may not contemplate or address the unique issues of the Internet and related technologies and it is not clear how they will apply. Current and future laws and regulations could increase our
cost of doing business and/or decrease the demand for our services.
Our auction business may be subject to a variety of additional costly government regulations.
Many states and other jurisdictions have regulations governing the conduct of traditional "auctions" and the liability of traditional
"auctioneers" in conducting auctions, which may apply to online auction services. In addition, certain states have laws or regulations that expressly apply to online auction services. We expect to
continue to incur costs in complying with these laws and could be subject to fines or other penalties for any failure to comply with these laws. We may be required to make changes in our business to
comply with these laws, which could increase our costs, reduce our revenue, cause us to prohibit the listing of certain items, or otherwise adversely affect our financial condition or operating
addition, the law regarding the potential liability of an online auction service for the activities of its users is not clear. Users of our websites may not always comply with our
terms and conditions or with laws and regulations applicable to them and their transactions. It is possible that we may be subject to allegations of civil or criminal liability for any unlawful
activities conducted by sellers or buyers. Any costs we incur as a result of any such allegations, or as a result of actual or alleged unlawful transactions using our marketplaces, or in our efforts
to prevent any such transactions, may harm our opportunities for future revenue growth. In addition, any negative publicity we receive