The din of complaints about the new, yet vague and undefined linking policy seems to have caused eBay to re-adjust the timetable on implementation and enforcement of the no links edict.
The obvious options as eBay competition include Amazon, Yahoo Stores, and stand alone eCommerce websites, we will research each of these options and more.
Let me please go on record with the view that this ban on telephone numbers and address information is ridiculous protectionism. If this policy actually goes into effect, I think it will irrevocably harm eBays standing with brick and mortar business sellers.
The crux of the situation is communications at eBay, how they want to inspire the customers of eBay, the sellers, to provide excellent customer service and communications. And why it is difficult for the customer/sellers of eBay to take this request seriously when eBay itself can not seem to provide even basic communications to its customers.
To me, eBay Live should always be, first and foremost, a place to get business done and to learn about the business of selling and buying on eBay.
The point to all of this is that you must research and find sources of supply to run a successful online business. Starting out on eBay or any other venue without a solid plan for sourcing will surely lead to an unsuccessful business plan. Your garage does not hold enough treasures to make your business grow.
Feedback means so much to sellers on eBay… In fact, it can mean the difference between being in business one day, and being out of business the next… Unfortunately for the sellers of eBay, the same feedback situation is not so true for buyers who abuse the system. Yes, there are buyers who abuse the […]
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Do you think presenting the idea of fear and retaliation has a positive impact on yours or eBay’s bottom line business.
Linda Miller of Consignment Pal has worked long and hard to provide a directory service to the consignment industry. Her efforts have been rewarded with a very efficient and usable directory for both consignment shops and eBay Trading Assistants
What to look for in eBay &/or Multi-Channel listing management software… Software is an essential key to all phases of business these days. Without good solid software and software management, costs and profit can move in opposite directions fast. “Auction Management software brings sales administration under control by putting a framework around your eBay sales and automating repetitive tasks. Products […]
I LOVE eBay… with Some Tough Love … by John Lawson President of 3rdPO.com Hey all my fellow eBay’ers! WOW, what an “exciting” week we have had as sellers on the eBay platform. I use the word exciting loosely, because for some it has been aggravating, for others it has been exhilarating and for most […]
The Silicon Valley/ San Jose Journal reports a deal has been made between Microsoft and eBay. Shoppers using the Microsoft Live search engine to find products on eBay and elsewhere will be offered cash rebates after making qualifying purchases
eBay seems to think if they toss some carrots, no one will notice when they toss a poison pill in an “announcement”. Today’s announcement should cause a great deal of concern for any business oriented sellers…
I really do not think Geographical location has anything to do with selling capability on eBay, but apparently eBay believes in the theory of location location location…
Real business is attracted to eBay for only one reason – traffic.
In a nutshell eBay is a traffic machine, a fire hose of consumers. All of the other stuff is considered as a barrier to entry, the feedback system, the complicated fee structure, fraud etc…
The difference between a seller with one good feedback and a Powerseller with 10,000 feedback is zero if your transaction with that party goes bad. If one looks at the 10,000 feedback sellers out there, dozens if not hundreds of negative feedbacks have been accumulated by these Powersellers. The illusion however is that these sellers are more trustworthy than the low feedback seller, simply because they sell more often.
eBay is doing what it’s leadership feels it needs to do to remain profitable and viable in today’s every changing eCommerce marketplace. John Donahoe, Lorrie Norrington and all of the executive team at eBay are doing what their research and analysis tells them they need to do.
“I paid you, you left me good feedback, I feel better because this means the seller I bought from cares enough to make some sort of effort to let me know that he appreciates my trust”. This is how I felt about feedback in the early days, and this is what I think eBay is trying to foster with the recent and seemingly radical change in the feedback system.
Does eBay really want to look this bad in the eyes of investors and users alike? Or, does John Donahoe want Meg Whitan to look this bad?
I want to respectfully say that I am basically just a guy trying to feed my family with an eBay business. My business is a business that I started at the kitchen table, literally.
Randy Smythe of “My Blog Utopia” broke a significant story in his blog today. The story invoves the not so subtle tilting of eBays “Level Playing Field”. If you have not yet read Randy’s blog post, please do so now… eBay Partners With Buy.com Then come back here and watch what Pierre Omidyar (creator of eBay) said in plain, […]
Thousands of honest eBay sellers and small business owners made additional income on eBay by utilizing the service eBay created called “Digital Delivery” – Until… Last month when Brian Burke, Director Global Feedback Policy, made an abrupt statement. On March 24th, 2008, Brian Burke announced digital delivery and information products would forever be banned on eBay core listings by […]
Brandon Dupsky of ECMTA hosted today’s special invitation conference call for PeSA/ECMTA members and selected invitees of the Trading Assistant Journal and eBay & Beyond Internet Radio Show. The call, focusing on the reality of DSRs (Detailed Seller Ratings) and how they effect eBay sellers’ businesses, was held at 5PM Eastern time on Thursday, April […]
DSR’s getting you down? Don’t know what to do about the eBay Star ratings, having trouble figuring out the whole new concept eBay is promoting as the “Buyer Experience”? Trouble with Best Match? You are not Alone! eBay has initiated numerous radical changes in the last several months and you are not the only one […]
eBay Speaks & Answers Questions at Catalyst 2008 eBay’s new North American General Manager is the very capable Stefanie Tilenius. Stephanie came back to eBay from PayPal, eBay’s cash cow, and now finds herself in an unenviable position during this particularly tumultuous time of transition for eBay and its new management team & philosophy. At […]
Whew, What a way to spend three days in North Carolina! Catalyst 2008 was a informational bonanza held at an unbelievably beautiful and historic resort. There was more to talk about than the accommodations or the hosts. I have approximately 30 pages of handwritten notes compiled from the three days of sessions and meetings at Catalyst […]
Breaking News – Digital Delivery on eBay is Dead Beginning March 31 2008 e-Books are Dead on eBay (core listings) eBay has been breaking a great deal of news these last several weeks and now they have come up with one more controversial decision… ***New Policy Update: Digital Downloadable Goods in Classified Ads Format Only*** […]
Sourcing Discount Brand Name Bargains Most people are aware of the fact that brand name items typically get three times more traffic than non-brand items on eBay. But what many don’t realize is just how difficult it can be to source genuine brand names wholesale. Sadly, it’s fairly common these days for sellers to be […]