i am suprised this isn't already happening.. or should i say didn't happen 1, 2.. years ago. THERE's NO GOOD EXCUSE! other than and the points Randy and Torka have made of course, but i'm not totally convinced they made a decision to 'do it later and do it better'.. i think they disregarded it in whole, as MSN disregarded search. Yahoo! stores is a goldmine.. who waits to buy the mine until after a large % of it has been mined? maybe they are that cocky and thought it was OK to give such a head start. only they know.
one other point: Google search beat the living crap out of Yahoo years ago.. do we think their search-centric efforts to 'make it better' were that much more effective than Yahoo's efforts, considering that's where the majority of Google's focus was? are Google results head and shoulders above Yahoo's?
for the Google-ites Randy has mentioned that may be reading...
i think you missed the boat and are now running down the shore.. hoping for an opportunity for it to get close enough to land again so that you may have another chance to jump on. very much like a bad action movie.
How about you supply me with your beta stores, which may or may not be coming out, so i can start hitting the local chambers of commerce and get town retailers on board the whole town ecomm thing..
Thaaaaanks Google people.. it's much appreciated