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Sat Mar 18 2017 21:20:02

eBay Motors Gives OEM Parts a Red Flag

By: Reader
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Dear Ina,
Since you have a solid contact at eBay, can you ask them 2 things for me.

1) I sell used auto parts, it's mandatory that I put in the "manufacturer's name" in for last 15 months per eBay AI requirements. I've been putting "OEM" for original equipment manufacturer. This is no longer acceptable by eBay now, as of this week... so all my existing listings have "red" flags. 

Since I sell as we call in the biz "OEM parts", maybe eBay can get someone who has car knowledge to oversee eBay Motors. I didn't see this in any updates.

2) Regarding the "no flash allowed". ... Read More
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Thu Mar 16 2017 11:36:09

eBay Seller Concerned about Shipping Metrics

By: Reader
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Dear Ina,
I am guessing eBay almost certainly will ding TRS sellers who needed to mail packages on Tuesday, March 14 to meet their "business day" shipping requirements. I can't guess how many sellers will be impacted, but those of us in numerous Eastern/Northeast states it was impossible to mail anything on the day that the "Stella" nor'easter storm hit.

This should not be counted as a "business day" because our post offices were physically closed. It wasn't just mail service, entire post office operations were suspended for not just individual but entire zip code ranges.

Even if we could have gotten out on the roads after ... Read More
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Mon Mar 13 2017 22:52:46

The True Cost of eBay Promoted Listings

By: Reader
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Dear Ina,
Although sellers already pay listing fees and store fees with a reasonable expectation that their "items" will be seen, eBay charges for "promoted" listings. And, these promoted listings are shown in the middle of other sellers' listings, before their description, taking the buyer away from your listing. It can become a price war with a race to the bottom with promoted listings.

The big question. Has anyone considered the fact that it costs eBay virtually nothing to provide "advertising" for their sellers on their own web site? 

Other than an employee to program (or find the best Wordpress plugin) the html code to enable the ... Read More
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Fri Mar 10 2017 13:25:29

The New Cost of Selling Books on Amazon versus eBay

By: Reader
 
Dear Ina,
I know you have probably have written articles about this but I don't really pay much attention to Amazon and eBay fees because there is not much you can do about them, but I just compared the fees for a $11.95 book on both, and the way I see it, you pay just about twice as much on Amazon now, if you offer free shipping on both sites. Amazon is $3.59, eBay is $1.73. 

This does not include listing fees on eBay 10 cents (or free with a store) and Amazon's monthly fee which is $40.00 and eBay's store which is $75.00 (for ... Read More
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Wed Mar 8 2017 22:30:16

Tracking Upload Problems Lead to Defects from eBay

By: Reader
 
Dear Ina,
Has any seller mentioned to you the frustration of uploading tracking numbers to eBay?

I noticed two defects on my Seller Dashboard for not uploading tracking numbers on time. Fit to be tied, I demanded eBay immediately remove them.

Admitting hundreds of sellers have called, recognizing how unfair the defects are, and feeling my frustration and certainly hearing it, the Seller Performance Team explained to me, until Tech proves there is a glitch in the system, the defects remain.

It occurred to me, not only is there no incentive for Tech to prove there is a glitch in the system; eBay probably causes the tracking numbers to ... Read More
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