Monday, October the 13th will be my last day at eBay. And no, I was not laid off, rather my decision to exit into the current hellish market environment is entirely voluntary. -Raghav Gupta Inventor of the eBay estimator and Best Match algorithm.
Agents of Revenue – Show One – Replay Here
Countdown to the new show…
Hope you all stop by the TalkShoe site after dropping by AgentsofRevenue.com
John and I will be glad to see you in the chat room, and we are looking forward to everyone joining the conversation…
The idea is simple, No BS eCommerce, eBay and eBusiness. We won’t be selling and DVD sets and we won’t be pulling any punches when it comes to sharing our opinions about anything to do with the industry. We know that as co-hosts we will not always agree on every subject but this is also what we think will make us unique.
Ok… here is the deal…
If you sell products on the Internet – It’s your job to make sure buyers find and buy those products.
Simple as that.
From basic eCommerce to business oriented informational and corporate websites to personal blogs, real estate sales, or news magazines. Wordpress as a CMS is the king of customization.
John and I have been jabbing back and forth on Twitter – red and blue style, in the tradition of the political season for several weeks now.
If you have been considering building a website to promote your own Bonanzle or Etsy, or Online Auction or even eBay sales… Just get out there and do it! The biggest step is the first one, and we all know after that, its all just a matter of following through. Cliff Aliperti, is following through!
In my view, using the power of content and information in a small business is the new marketing plan. Inform, entertain, teach, share and contribute. Your customers want to know they can trust you, your customers will go where they can find out more information about your products. If you do not have a place for them to find that information, your customers will go elsewhere.
Since the Trading Assistant Journal enjoys a certain amount of credibility in this space I feel I should take note of this particular incident and try to nip any further outbursts in the bud.
I became aware of this new marketing initiative through the comments section of this blog. Suddenly I was innundated with positive comments about Bonanzle coming through my Blackberry. Apparently the Trading Assistant Journal was listed in this weeks to do list for the BAC.
I have not seen how it works, but apparently ITS’s VINterchange system has the capability of automatically populating eBay listings with all of the OEM parts information needed to sell these parts to the public in a fast and efficient manner. This could revolutionize the used auto parts industry on eBay motors.
I question why sites who want to tackle the giant of eBay when it has shown its weaknesses have not utilized this simple method of attracting new users and visitors. Affiliate Marketing.
The core eBay business is still active and alive, the patient is with us, physically if not in spirit. We can see something is wrong, our trusted friend is not quite the same, we know deep down there is a change coming that we do not want to think about or speak about…
Bonanzle has attracted a lot of attention lately with a fresh new look and way of providing a marketplace for both buyers and sellers. Listen in Today to a live interview with Mark Dorsey of Bonanzle!
Many will lament the old eBay, and will proclaim a movement to return to basics… I am afrraid that train has left the station. If you stick with eBay, and many should… Look forward, not back.
Even though “Virtucon” (eBay) is very successful, few of Dr. Evil’s advisers will argue with the despot or tell him what in the evil empire’s world exactly has changed. Everyone has their own idea on which way the Evil organization should go or do to dominate the world.
These Twitter Tweets are notes I am taking as I listen to the call. The notes I will place here will be merely my opinions and impressions of the meat of the conversation. For the actual transcript please contact eBay investor relations.
Oh, and sorry if you are one of the eBay employees packing up your desk today, really… I know it hurts.
Twibler does not post any statistics about increases in sales due to the use of the service, and I suspect they never will. Are you really ready to bet your social marketing plan on a single untested and ill conceived RSS feed reader for eBay?
Today Sue Bailey posted an article on Tamebay which in my mind presents the view of global sellers on eBay in a very succinct and reasonable way. Sue touches on almost every aspect of the frustration and the disappointment eBay sellers are feeling. Her points are well intended and in my view quite accurate.
Today the driver of the #88 Amp Energy Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports team member, Dale Earnhardt Junior, launched a charity auction. The eBay auction offers 3 laps for anyone who wins the bid in the car on the track with Dale Earnhardt junior driving
This, until now unannounced, psychic requirement for sellers is just one more reason why eBay management just does not “Get It” when it comes to sellers and communications.
eBay this is not, Amazon this is not, Craigslist – nope not that either… This place can only be compared to itself as it is truly a Bonanzle!
My original take on new Fixed price 30 days listing format is that its a good thing but as with all things eBay – it depends…
Gates & Seinfeld with a 350 Million dollar budget – the failed ad campaign has been pulled by Microsoft. Valleywag reports Microsoft insiders are spreading the word that the ad campaign featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld has been pulled. Seinfeld will be dropped altogether from the commercials after just two episodes of the projected […]
Jet Blue has gained a lot of notoriety with the recent announcement the Airline would be auctioning off flights on eBay. Unfortunately the big box retailer of airfare and travel packages apparently has not read the eBay rulebook or terms of service and has begun breaking the very same rules standard sellers on eBay must abide by within the first week of Jet Blue/eBay operations.
The voices of concern about best match, changes in the fee structure, feedback, special deals for powerful and new Diamond level eBay sellers given unfair competitive advantages et al… have over run the positive outlook of the once impervious eBay ethos.
Tools that just work are sometimes hard to find, these days were are constantly bombarded with new and exciting ideas and applications. Scribefire simply works when you need it to…
It’s not any of us have a fleet of jet aircraft ready and available to compete with Jet Blue. Jet Blue is not moving in on anyone sellers niche on eBay like Buy.com has and Jet Blue negotiated a sweet deal with eBay –