Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

eBay listened, at least for now

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 8:06 AM
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  • Another "test"may affect you over the next two weeks. eBay is testing larger bid increments.

    For example, if the bid increment is $1.00 for the next acceptable bid, it may be $2 or even $3. This is NOT the seller's choice, so please do not rate them on the change.

    It is also only happening to about 5% of the auctions, so you may never see it before the test is over.

    Some sellers are complaining that buyers are backing away from their auctions because they think something "funk" is going on. It is, but again, it is NOT the seller.

    We are not running many auctions right now, but I hope ours is not chosen for the test. Sneaky stuff like this hurts the seller more than helps. Just be upfront about the test and do it to the whole platform so it is fair.

    As a seller, I would not mind seeing a little larger increments on the low side but after it passes $2.00, leave it the way it is. Just my humble opinion, of course.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 8:36 AM
  • Thank goodness they changed it back! We were as lost as last years easter egg. I hated it! They are continuely changing things and drive me crazy. They sure don't make it easy on the seller.

    -- Posted by Thatsmystory on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 11:06 AM
  • If a state grants Amazon an exemption, I would think it could easily translate to individual or smaller companies.

    This last change was not well thought out. I am afraid it will come back again, but maybe they will just let us pick and choose what we want.

    I vote to leave it alone and let me know of expanded options. I can decide for myself if i want to add or delete something, thank you.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 11:12 AM
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