|Wed June 29 2016 20:09:08|
Will eBay Keep Its Top Rated Seller Program?
By: Ina Steiner
An eBay seller sent me some screenshots of a search results page that was stripped down and missing the eBay Top Rated Seller Plus badges. (Has anyone else seen this?) He said it looked like eBay was testing a mobile-like simpler version on the desktop - but it also could have been a glitch, from the look of it.
He also wondered, since there were no TRS Plus badges showing in the stripped down version he saw, if eBay would be phasing out the Top Rated Seller program,
perhaps to save money.
However, TRS Plus allows eBay to offer a carrot to sellers for offering speedy handling and generous returns in addition to the other requirements of being a Top Rated Seller.
But his question raises a good point - are sellers getting value from the program? Unless you jump through certain hoops to get a TRS Plus fee discount and badge, are there any benefits to being a Top Rated Seller? As we noted in January, USPS is phasing out Commercial Plus Pricing, taking away a key incentive for TRS Plus sellers.
Would you be better off buying a Promoted Listing ad on eBay to get visibility, potentially raising your prices to make up for the loss of TRS Plus fee discounts?
Do you think TRS without TRS Plus is worth it, or is it a remnant left over from a different era of selling? And if eBay does get rid of the program, will it replace it with something different?