Not that this is a scientific gauge of eBay sentiment, but thus far, some of the eBay Community Forums posts have been skeptical to say the least. I should preface that most of these posts are from eeeeeeBay buyers and sellers - the type of folks who would presumably benefit from being able to talk to their customers over Skype to discuss items they may have for auction or sale.
At least a few eBay'ers aren't buying the new communications channel as an overarching reason for the acquisition of Skype. They sense a less altruistic motive on the part of eBay.
"So is poor customer service and spending money willy nilly," Saskboy writes. "Skype is toast now."
"Nice to see that we just keep building Ebay's business," writes bernadette49. "Now if they could only see who really made them who they are and actually did something for them."
"Nice to know that they can spend so much money, but have none to build up their own customer service," writes mommadeals.
At least one eBay user thinks that when eBay finally assumes control over Skype, those free Skype-to-Skype calls may not be so free after all:
"Oh my I used a free version of SKYPE to talk with my son in France," writes nsj9764. "It won't be free when EBay buys in."