"It's crystal clear Google is planning for an all-out move into classified advertising. These patent filings and the disclosure of Google Base a few weeks ago show the company is actively preparing to offer free listings for cars, homes, jobs and 'stuff,' even for merchants, among its services."
I read a report earlier about an investment firm analyst predicting that Google Automat has huge potential. Watch out eBay and every auctions and classifieds site. Here comes Google.