What does it take to sell profitably and successfully online? If you ask that question in ten different places, you will most likely get a million different answers! But not today at 12:30 Today Jay Berkowitz and I will discuss the Ten Golden Rules of eCommerce in a Internet Marketing Club Webinar I am a […]
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Why oh Why eBay, did you not think of That! Hmmmm – maybe eBay can sign up for Google Commerce Search and scrap this whole “finding” experiment… Maybe with Google Merchant Center Search installed on eBay.com, the term Best Match might actually mean that the best product matching the search terms entered will be presented.
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”
This last week has been a maelstrom of attacks upon the management team and CEO of Auctiva. From bloggers and journalists to customers and competitors – it seems everyone felt that Auctiva had somehow ripped them off or personally attacked the eBay world by actually proposing to charge for services.
Sure – the fee structure could end up costing a pretty penny but it was not unlike several other paid software plans.
Many good quality eBay listing platforms such as InkFrog, Vendio, and MerchantRun-Globallink charge for their services and does anyone in the room think that Channel Advisor or Infopia will offer a free software or eBay listing services any time soon?
Robert Scoble is a fairly famous blogger, videographer, photographer and all around tech critic/guru. he has worked with all of the big tech conglomerates including Microsoft, Fast Money, and now RackSpace
Vzaar is an easy to use, easy to utilize and effective video embed marketing tool. A tool that allows the merchant the ability to keep his/her viewer interested in in his or her product and not go wandering off into the video surfing darkness.
Vzaar is cost effective, easy to setup and allows eBay sellers to embed videos in hundreds of live eBay listings with a click of a button.
Vzaar is worth a try – take a look at the videos in the sidebar here on the Trading Assistant Journal to see how people use Vzaar to sell Guitars or to see how easy it is to setup. What have you got to lose when the initial cost is zero and the upside is you could start engaging your customers like never before!
For Sale: Charmingly Linda’s Quality Consignments. A retail & Ebay consignment shop. 10 years in business. Over 2400 registered consignors. High demographic consignor base. Located on Lancaster Ave in the Philadelphia burbs known as the main line. Continued growth even in this economy. Over 4000 positive ebay feedbacks. Turn key and profitable!
Today we will ask where you are actually selling product or offering product in these channels. Obviously we could not list every channel available so we will leave the ones you suggest in the comments section for another poll. For this poll we will simply ask about the majors and it is multiple choice so click on every place you utilize that is on the poll.
How many of you are trying new and interesting channels such as Etsy, Bonanzle, Online Auction, Dawdle, or any of the others which have popped up in the last 12 months? Conversely, how many are sticking just with eBay or your own ecommerce shopping cart website?
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).
If Bonanzle shows you additional traffic over time, that traffic can only build because the listings are on the site until sold, the Google Base works, the site is indexed quickly and often and it is just darn simple to move inventory over to Bonanzle to see how it works for your products.
Roughly twice as much traffic, from various sources went to Bonanzle. Is this a scientific result? No… Does it tell a story about the possibilities on new and exciting venues, yes! Does it mean you should pack up your business and move it to Bonanzle? That is your business decision, I would never recommend anyone leave eBay without first knowing what the new location will do for them. Keep your sales humming, if they are, on eBay… But it never hurts to take a look next door!
We have not done a head to head comparison like this in awhile… The idea is simple, basically we list the same exact item on two eCommerce platforms to see which gets the most traffic. Ultimately the test is who or where will the item sell the item first?
When ebay realizes the mis-steps they have taken in the last 18 months, if they ever do, it will be a very large job indeed to repair the damage. People like Usher Lieberman and Richard Brewer-Hay have a mountain to climb to regain the trust or eBay’s core customer base – i.e. Sellers
Do your own evaluation, check the facts, run your own business. Don’t let an unsolicited email from a supposedly reputable source cause you to make a quick decision. In the case of the eBay Stores Experience announcement, call your present designer or developer or call eBay before you jump into the unscrupulous fear mongering marketing spin of doubt and distrust.
In many cases, especially in the past, eBay was the most effective way to bring small business to market on the Internet. In this case, with many different variables and reasons it just has not proven to be the best solution for Cornerstone.
Customer Service is the Difference
The winners of 2008 include companies like Amazon.com, Zappos.com and Apple. These outstanding companies have one thing in common, the perception (at least) that they provide outstanding customer service to their customers.
I apologize to eBay, to Kompolt, to Restoration Hardware and to Mr. Carrol Shelby. I think everyone can see the tone of my earlier post that I have nothing but the most sincere respect for the good work these people and organizations do with charites and good causes. My only hope is that my little article possibly drove more traffic to the site so that the bids on that fine automobile can exceed expectations and the foundation the monies will benefit can see good things happen with the funds.
Why taint the Carroll Shelby charity event with eBay Rules violations and obvious commercialisation. Why would eBay risk the reputation of the good charitable work they do to allow the promotion of a competing website?
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.
Stefan Gross-Selbeck, eBay’s general manager for Germany has quietly left the Stalag. It also seems that Yahoo, in deference to their relationship with eBay did not want to make a deal of the fact that one of eBay’s most important foreign market managers has departed for somewhat less lofty waters.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.