For years I was an eBay evangelist, promoting the benefits, offering training, offering business setups, designing eBay stores… I was writing this “Trading Assistant Journal” which started as an eBay based blog about being a “Trading Assistant or Trading Post”
Obviously I am talking about affiliate marketing here… Some make hundreds of dollars a month with affiliate marketing, while others make millions per year. If you are an affiliate, you are familiar with eBay in a different way than most merchants.
The Vendio Platform is a complete eCommerce solution that includes a robust, feature-rich online store as well as item, order and customer management – all for free. It doesn’t matter whether a merchant sells 10 or 10,000 items in their Vendio store – they pay no web hosting fees, imaging hosting fees, listing fees or success fees. There is no catch. No gimmicks.
While riding the gravy train of eBay can be a sound business decicion (at least many of us thought it was), the hard crash at the end of the tracks can be just as abrupt. Other have noted that eBay may be on a uncontrollable death spiral (i.e. Scot Wingo) into the abyss that some great companies (AOL) fall into.
iBusinessLogic Corporation is proud to have been selected to represent MerchantRun-GlobalLink in the USA. While the company and it’s software have been used by eBay powersellers worldwide for some time, it is relatively new here in the United States. iBusinessLogic recognizes the need for US based sellers to offer product to a global market. With the exchange rate imbalance and an ever tightening market at home, exploring new opportunities abroad could be the difference between profit and loss in the coming year(s).
When I read the terms below and found there would be a 60 day delay to realize my $71.97 savings on top of several other possible ways that I would not or could not qualify for my “coupon” the thrill was gone. I went back to Amazon and bought my Christmas gift.
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.
One of the biggest pain points for buyers on eBay is the checkout process. With all of the third party solutions and off eBay checkout links there is no standardization of the payment process. Payflow is a secure, reliable payment gateway now integrated into the eBay checkout.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Online learning is the wave of the future and small business people should take advantage of this new way to educate themselves. Time is always an issue… Take some time to check out these great speakers at this weeks free Product Sellers Seminar!
You heard it direct from eBay – this switch is going to occur site wide prior to the Holiday Season! I know many merchants are already in holiday season mode, my clients have been getting ready for months, so what exactly to the eBay developers mean by “before the holiday season”?
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 –
Business owners really do not have the time to learn all of the ins and outs of listing merchandise on eBay or elsewhere on the internet (although they should take the time). Hiring a Trading Assistant full time could be a good move.
I asked Cliff to explain Amazon FBA to our readers here at the Trading Assistant Journal because we are always aware of the desire to look outside of eBay and learn about eBay competition. Naturally Amazon is one of the first places eBay sellers think about when considering a switch.
I thought we would present a list of all of the eBay purchases over the years in one place, (at least all we could find) just to give everyone a better idea of how big and what kind of global reach eBay really has.
Free Shipping is Never Free, if sellers are supposed to offer Free shipping, why does eBay not offer free listing? It costs much more to deliver and item than it does to display that same item on a web page.
With this additional announcement, eBay is ringing the bell that tolls a change in the way consumers will search the site. This new or revamped search engine (can you say Best Match on steroids?) will offer fixed price listings side by side with auction listings (tests leaked on this system last February). Will this new search “disadvantage” auctions so much that they become irrelevant and eventually through market pressure simply cease to exist?
No Insertion Fee on Your First 4 Vehicles…eBay Motors is eliminating Insertion Fees on the first four vehicles you list in a 12 month period. Starting with the fifth vehicle, the fee is $20 (50% less than it was under the old plan). And after 12 months, you go back to “first four” pricing.
After recent announcements of a change in the payment structure for eBay affiliates and reports of discrepancies in reporting by the Partner Network to its affiliates, it appears the initial switch away from Commission Junction may not be the best move for eBay or its sellers.
The following statement “a small percentage of PayPal customers are effected” by this impending IRS & Online sales tax issue,says little for PayPal or eBay as a route to business success . I mean… if the use of PayPal as a business solution to process payments from online sales, is a healthy concern, wouldnt more than a “small percentage” of PayPal users be effected by this IRS fact finding mission?
eBCalc is now a multi-channel fee calculator with more functionality than ever before. Not only will eBCalc return results for eBay’s many marketplaces and fee structures but it will now also help with fee calculation for many other marketplaces such as Amazon.com, Overstock.com and Etsy
eBay… Yes EBAY listened to sellers… I know this is a shock, just breathe deep – Take a moment to comprehend the full meaning of the statement above… Everyone knows how much and how fervent our opposition was to the “new links policy” from eBay, announced last May. Here are a few of our articles […]
It really is no surprise Zippi-Auctions sales on eBay have not been stellar. The concept may sound great to the inexperienced and the perpetual business opportunities buyers, but if one looks at the numbers and the concept, is there really any Zip here?
Wow, eBay Wins in court, must be a happy day in San Jose! Today, eBay won a critical ruling in the case of Tiffany & Co. vs eBay Inc. The Court ruled eBay was not responsible for the sale of fake Tiffany on the site.
“It still upsets me that we have not received any e-mails or communication from eBay at all. I think they needed to talk to us and let us know what is going on. I have e-mailed them once and you e-mailed them. You did a live chat and I did 2 live chats. I even talked to a supervisor and was promised I would get a response from them. Absolutely nothing. That furiates me.” Connie Carpenter
The French courts ruling against eBay Inc. even goes so far as to prevent consumers from selling LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton perfumes received as gifts.