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eBay RamblingsPosted Saturday, April 3, 2010, at 10:57 AM
I am afraid I am guilty of reading much of the news about eBay and presuming others know, so I don't pass it along locally. While there will be some who eat, drink, breathe and even sleep eBay, there are probably many more who might be interested, but don't follow it religiously.
As an Education Specialist trained by eBay, I try to stay more positive than negative, but don't hesitate (I doubt that you will) to express your opinions, even if they are less than flattering. Some of eBay's actions have raised eyebrows on many of our ES's faces, but eBay is STILL the marketplace that has the most momentum and exposure.
I have listed on several other sales venues and eBay outperforms them BY FAR. In two tears, one site has sold about 10 items and the other has sold nothing. They are free, but you can see what that is worth. At times eBay seems to be shooting themselves in the foot and certainly alienating a certain percentage of sellers, but they also still have the marketplace to beat, so....
March 31st started the next wave of changes in pricing and policies. While spun as a price savings, there are some that will see actual price increases. Yours truly is one of them. However, we are moving forward with new marketing techniques and taking a two month period to appraise the bottom line effect on us.
One nice change for the occasional or light seller is being able to list 100 auctions free of listing fees each month. eBay in the UK had a similar program but is now scaling it back to 100 free listings at any one time, so the U.S. might change slightly.
The one catch is that you do not get that rate if you have a Store. I have opinions on that, but as a representative of the ES program, I will withhold that for personal conversations.
Here is a link to the changes in effect. http://announcements.ebay.com/2010/03/ne... I can discuss them in more depth, but for now I will stop here on the changes. April 20th will bring new changes to the feedback and DSR program.
One other development is the renaming of Kijiji, their competitive answer to Craigslist. It will now be eBayclassifieds. http://www.ebayclassifieds.com/ I believe this was started in another country and became an eBay acquisition. Kijiji seems to mean "Village" in Swahili but it is anyone's guess why that was originally used.
It is nowhere close to Craigslist, but time will tell if the new name helps improve awareness and use.
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