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eBay listened, at least for now

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 8:06 AM

Yesterday eBay made some major changes to the "My eBay" page and while it might have been OK for buyers, it was major disorientation for sellers and apparently the uproar was enough that even eBay heard it.

I am afraid I was one of those voices. I called in an effort to see how I could salvage the page for ourselves and how to help my students.

Late last night, things changed back to "almost" what we had before. There are a few extra bars in there that can be moved or collapse to get out of the way, but for now, it is workable.

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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

Steve, I saw on the news last night that Amazon.com has or is moving its operations to other states that don't have the sales tax on internet sales. I think it is making the law makers wake up because it will take all those jobs with it.

Amazon may just be the answer for no internet sales tax if others follow.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 10:43 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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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. 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.