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The trouble with eBayPosted Tuesday, September 2, 2008, at 6:37 PM
As some of you know, I have refrained from jumping on the band wagon and criticizing eBay for their actions this past 8 months. I could see the reason for many of the changes and while I may not have always liked them, I believed they were trying their best.
I still believe that, but I am starting to question what that "best" is aiming to accomplish. Changes are coming so fast that it is hard to keep up with them, and I am an instructor trained by eBay!
For the time being, I am refraining from teaching any classes except for those already contracted, because the information I give my students is old within a few weeks. I fervently hope that it will be a better eBay when the dust settles, but I have started researching other sites in earnest.
Right now I have 27 sites that I have picked up from various blogs and news reports. Some look promising, but after I get involved in the site I get a bit disappointed in the traffic they seem to have, or NOT HAVE.
Some are developed by "eBay refugees", while others are just trying to capitalize on eBay's alienation of certain groups. Some have a great idea and reasonable structure but they lack the overall mass that eBay has.
I have heard it suggested that some of these sites might actually be financed by eBay to keep any one site from getting too much momentum. That tactic might have some strategic values to it, but I think it is more that everyone is trying to cash in.
Speaking of cashing in, some sites are advertising all their services free. From almost 40 years in business, nothing is free for long, or it will not exist. Also, you often get what it is worth, nothing.
So where does that leave me? Nowhere, just yet. eBay is still the best marketplace to sell and to find unique items. You can buy new things on numerous other sites, but to find collectibles, hard to find, vintage, weird, or antique items, it is still a huge market.
If you know of any that you think has momentum and particular merit, PLEASE let us know. I will be listing the ones I have on our website for your evaluation, but give me another week or so to find time to post them.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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