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Julia Wilkinson AuctionBytes Blog
Covering auctions, collectibles and marketplace selling.

Julia Wilkinson is Editor of the AuctionBytes Blog and is author of the "eBay Price Guide," "eBay Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks," "My Life at AOL" and numerous ebooks about selling online. You can also find her writing on Yard Salers.
Fri Apr 18 2014 14:50:48

What Do You Think of eBay's New Pricing Suggestions?

By: Julia Wilkinson
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I thought I might be hallucinating, or forgetting something, the other day when I went to list an item on eBay, because a new suggested starting price and Buy It Now price popped up on the listing form.  But others have now seen it too, so we know eBay is now suggesting starting and BIN prices to sellers, presumably based on what similar items "had a price of" or a "price between $X and $Y."


Today I went to list a simple art glass pendant that I don't expect to get much for, but eBay's suggested starting price on ... Read More
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Thu Apr 17 2014 10:04:54

EBay Sellers React to New Standards Dashboard Preview

By: Julia Wilkinson
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EBay sellers now have a preview of what their performance ratings will look like under the new Seller Standards from the Spring 2014 release by going to this page. So what are sellers saying about the new standards dashboard? Here are some of the top issues I've seen talked about in the online community:



Positive

- They like the new layout

- Relief they are still top-rated

- Anticipation about the the report feature coming soon to the new dashboard preview

Negative

- Defects showing  for cases opened when buyer just wanted to contact seller

- Shipping/Scanning:

- Sellers dinged on shipping/scanning on time even thought they ship ... Read More
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Mon Apr 14 2014 19:26:20

What Items Would You Order Same-Day Delivery?

By: Julia Wilkinson
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We've been hearing a lot about same-day delivery these days...who's offering it, who is going to be offering it, and who might be best at it (check out Ina's interesting Q & A, Behind eBay and Amazon's Race for Same-Day Delivery for more about that). But all this discussion leads me to wonder, what kinds of things do we want so much that we want them the same day?

Sure, I can think of a lot of things I wouldn't mind conjuring out of thin air, but what are we willing to pay a premium for to ... Read More
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Sun Apr 13 2014 17:45:24

New Platform Inkfrog Open in Alpha

By: Julia Wilkinson
 
We were chatting the other day with Greg Sisung, founder and CEO of inkFrog, and learned they are in the alpha stage of launching a whole new platform, which they call "inkFrog Open."



"We actually have a brand new platform called '"inkFrog Open" releasing very shortly," said Sisung during the interview. "It's the first "new" platform to be released in the eBay space (that I know of) in many years," he said. He added that it was built from the ground up, taking into consideration the 15+ years of experience ... Read More
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Thu Apr 10 2014 13:55:50

Bears Sales Up, Miscategorized Dolls in eBay Collectibles Chat

By: Julia Wilkinson
 
Did you know eBay now has a weekly chat about Collectibles? Yep, you can see from their list of their Weekly Chats with eBay Staff, eBay employees have now engaged with members in two chats since March 26. The April 9 chat covered several topics, among them the sales of bears (eBay employee identified as "sac-us6" on the board said "we've seen an overall increase in demand for Bears"), too many miscategorized items in the Dolls categories, the categorization structure and loss of the wildcard search in Stamps, and showing Best Offer sales prices.



I think it's ... Read More
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Mon Apr 7 2014 13:42:31

Are You Missing out on USPS Regional Box Savings?

By: Julia Wilkinson
 
...and other deep questions of shipping supplies and logistics. It turns out that I was one of those people put off by the word "Regional" on these USPS boxes (there's an "A" box, a "B" box, and even a "C" box). But, I needn't have been. Now that I understand how they work (it's not that you can only use certain Regional boxes for certain regions of the US, but that your rate may vary based upon what region you ship to using that box), I plan on using them a lot more.

"Regional Rate Boxes ... Read More
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Thu Apr 3 2014 20:41:39

Notes from an eBay In Person Attendee

By: Julia Wilkinson
 
Have you attended any of the "eBay In Person" events? If so, I'd love to hear your impression of them. I read some very specific feedback on one eBay-related Facebook group, and I contacted the writer, who we've featured before on this blog, but in a different context: Autograph seller and expert Theo Chen, discussing the state of the autographs market on eBay. He sells at AutographsForSale.com, and blogs at autographsforsaledotcom.

I asked him if he could give AuctionBytes readers a general sense of the "eBay In Person" he attended - who was there, ... Read More
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