Re: More Sellers Done With EBay
- From: "gojody" <gojody@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 27 Mar 2007 13:00:23 -0700
You can still turn a profit today. But what about tomorrow?
That's my main gripe. What Ebay exec is dreaming up what
policy/change/revision that will directly affect your business
A good number of booksellers left the site with the fee hikes
(other booksites, including Half, are cheaper to sell on).
We see an anti-counterfeit policy that has stopped some genuine
sellers from doing business. Our UK buds have had their
visibility reduced by more than half, reducing their visibility
on the .com site. The list goes on.
You can change, adapt and survive, but it does get ridiculous
Ebay refuses to communicate its plans (in some cases current
policies), continues to tweak the site and raises fees.
This WOULD change with a major competitor.
And it's not that I completely disagree with every policy change.
It just isn't communicated properly, and makes roadkill of some
folk's business plan in an instant, and with little regret.
I know what you mean. I used to have a great sell through rate
close to 80 persent. Now it is about 40 percent. Of coarse that
was before SY13. If they dont get it fixed where people can list
with ease the sell through will plumet along with listings.
At least mine are for larger ticket items most of the time and
not 5 or 6 dollar widgets. I dont know how those people survive!
I hope you have found another venue to make a living; it seems
crazy that ebay doesn't notice, and/or doesn't care, that sellers
like you, who are here a long time, are leaving.
It almost seems like a brick and mortar shop is cheaper than ebay
for sellers like you, and that's insane!
I would imagine ebay will eventually reap what they have sown in
terms of decreased income; unfortunately their pockets are much
deeper than any individual's, at least the ones selling here,
so they can hold out the longest.
"The freecyclelondon group has 35,000+ members. Freecycleportland
But freecycle is a site where you GIVE things away, so how is that
relevant to a selling discussion? Or should I spend more time
looking at that site?
Its only relevant for those who realize if 5 or 6 million internet
can create and participate in groups to GIVE things away, 5 or 6
million internet users can create groups to SELL things.
In addition to the 6,000+ freecycle groups, there are active groups
where sellers are listing items for sale, posting links to websites
stores, and using groups as storefronts.
Yahoo Groups has more traffic than eBay stores with few restrictions.
Sellers are free to list items, post pics, create multiple groups,
link to their eBay stores if they so desire.
Surplusdude makes some valid points. Not an unusual position for
sellers who list oddball/surplus type items. The type of items you
wouldn't pick up at your local Wal-mart.
Unfortunately, it doesn't apply to the vast majority of eBay
and sellers who list typical "consumer" items.
If eBay sellers switched to buying and selling oddball/surplus items,
would lose 90% or more of its listings, and most sellers would find
the price of their unique oddball items would go right down the
athuss; Your comments make sense in theory, but don't apply to
the current scenario for the majority of items listed on eBay.
More than 50% of the items listed on eBay are listed and sold at $5.00
or less, with sellthru rates at 10% to 50%. (less than 40% average).
Ebay's current policies and fee structure virtually guarantees the
majority of sellers listing items at $9.99 and less will be making
than minimum wage for their time (in some cases losing money).
The advice commonly posted is that sellers need to ADJUST to
eBay's constant changes and fee increases.
What are these ADJUSTMENTS??? Sell off your consumer, store
type items at a loss and switch to super rare collectibles, oddball,
and surplus items? List $5.00 items in large lots and sell at pennies
over your cost??
This may be good advice. Ebay would lose 90% of its listings and
would be forced to take a win/win approach with their sellers.
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