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Mon Oct 18 2010 08:35:33

Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in October

By: Ina Steiner
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To the Editor:
I have been on eBay for over 10 years and the sales have dropped to an all time low. I was wondering if your readers, who are sellers on eBay have dropped this low also.

My sales are down 80 percent on eBay from the same period last year October 9th, through October 16th. This is really and truly a sign that eBay has a major problem with traffic on the site and their policy changes have created this problem.

I would really like to see comments from other readers which would verify this.
Thank you.
(name withheld)



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Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Ron
       
Mon Oct 18 10:32:18 2010
My sales are also down by some 65% to 75%.  

I sell only by auction method and I can honestly say that auctions are dead on eBay except for maybe really exceptionally items, and even then, I don't think that they attain price levels that we saw 1 or 2 years ago.

I believe that the problem is a combination of structural - Best Match and overcrowding to the point that auctions are barely viewed - and the fact that auction buyers have left eBay due to the policies of eBay management and type of merchandise that is now found there.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: barely a sale
       
Mon Oct 18 10:42:08 2010
The only sales I get are from repeat customers. They find me because they know my eBay name.

Soon I won't have them since they can only buy so much of my product before they are overloaded. I sell art.

I'm branching out to other sites, but uploading to fragmented sites is a hassle.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: My Own Website Not Quite Paying My Bills Yet
       
Mon Oct 18 10:42:48 2010

Please tell that you're also selling your items on other venues. If the comments on this blog in the last 2 years have not persuaded you or anybody else to put your business in your own hands then what will?

Many people say that they won't sell on other sites or their own website because of lack of traffic. But what will they do when they get less traffic on Ebay?  
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: hello out there
       
Mon Oct 18 10:58:34 2010
Contrary to everyone else. My sales are just a tad higher than last year. Maybe because I don't sell run of the mill stuff.

I have unique things and only one other seller in my catagory.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Patricia This user has validated their user name.
       
Mon Oct 18 11:12:55 2010
Ebay lost the dedicated seller a while ago.  They stubbornly cling to best match because they feel they need to manipulate listings - somehow they feel that is more important than sales.  This is their biggest downfall - their treatment of sellers is their second biggest downfall.  Sellers who used to buy - left and no longer buy or sell there.  Buyers who used to browse Ebay for what they want can no longer do that and so they left.  JD is either very thick-headed or he doesn't know what to do to solve his traffic problem.  He blames sellers and he blames auctions - neither of which is the culprit.  He deliberately turned Ebay away from a successful platform and a solid monopoly in collectibles and deserves whatever comes next.  

My Ebay sales are only about 5 percent of what they once where.  I list on many other venues and only use Ebay when listing is free and I believe thousands of other sellers are doing the same.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Michael
       Web Site
Mon Oct 18 11:51:42 2010
My sales are also up considerably from the same time last year, and the year before as well. I think the recession has been good for my category - used clothing.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: pinehaven2
       
Mon Oct 18 11:54:14 2010
to say other sites dont get the traffic or the sales as well as ebay is false, I get 10 times the views on etsy as ebay.
last year at this time on ebay I did 4000 net selling vintage clothing, this year 85 dollars gross, yes I said 85 gross, that is pending as now anyone can file a snad and your payment disappears.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Rupert Pupkin
       
Mon Oct 18 12:26:03 2010
Total Sales March 2010: $15.616.00

Total Sales April 2010: $3233.00

Total Sales September 2010: $1712.00

Average Sale March 2010: $392.00

Average Sale September 2010: $43.00

Repeaters keeping me going.
March 2010 - TRS Gold PowerSeller.

September 2010 - TRS Bronze PowerSeller on the ropes.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: suz
       
Mon Oct 18 13:02:27 2010
Our ebay sales three years ago were over $5000 per month. Ebay sales in October 2009, approx $2000 per month. Ebay sales in October 2010, looks like $1200 this month.

We keep our stuff listed and adapt with the constant changes, but our sell through rate is way down. Our competition is about what it has always been so increased competition doesn't seem to be the issue.

Just for comparison:
We do about 75% of our business on our own website, which has grown steadily over the past four years. Website sales never dropped off with the economy until this summer. Sales for July and August were down, but for this month are up to normal (same as last October or higher).  Our sales on Amazon are basically the same as this time last year.  Etsy sales up over last October.

We are planning departure from ebay. The ratio of income earned to the amount of time we spend dealing with ebay-related carp is just not worth it. Energy and money are better spent generating sales elsewhere.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Every rose has it's thorn
       
Mon Oct 18 13:11:58 2010
The number of my sales have increased but my profits have gone DOWN.

I now sell items in smaller quantities so that actually increased the number of sales but now I make less money for the sale, and then when you add in all of the REFUNDS and RESHIPS I have been FORCED to do just to keep the scammers from dinging my ratings and killing my feedback, I am actually LOSING money.

I think ebay is increasing the amount of buyers but they are bringing us a bunch of CROOKS, who know that they can ROB us blind and if we want to keep our feedback & ratings then we will give in to their every demand regardless how wrong or down right criminal their demands are.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: jsicolts
       
Mon Oct 18 13:38:12 2010
Our sales on corrupt ebay are 100% less than last year. We closed our accounts on feebay and do only Alibris, Amazon, Bonanzle and iOffer.com. Couldn't be happier.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Sad and Frustrated
       
Mon Oct 18 13:41:19 2010
Sales have dropped CONSIDERABLY since the store-to-core nonsense. Down about 60%.

95% of my current sales are from repeat customers. Only 5% are from new customers who discover me for the first time.

With 100% feedback... and solid 5.0's in every DSR category... and free shipping on every item... TRS... PS... so this decrease in my sales is NOT related to any performance issues. Theoretically, my listings should just float to the top, but they don't!!

The ''best match'' is a complete disaster! Adding all the ''store'' products to the core listing makes ''best match'' even WORSE.

It didn't work before ''store-to-core''... and the ''best match'' algorithms simply cannot cope with all those extra listings.

Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Digby
       Web Site
Mon Oct 18 13:46:30 2010
I found it hard to get views on ebay, so I now keep my stuff on ebid. I get lots of views and a few sales, with no work and very low fees.

Ebay is just too much work and stress keeping up with their changes and antics.

Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Dubious
       
Mon Oct 18 13:50:05 2010
@Michael

When I see that someone is making higher sales on eBay, I go to check it out as I'm always curious as to what their formula for success is.

Honestly, we've dealt in vintage clothing for 30 years and on eBay for 10+ years.  If my average price point was $5 and less, like yours is, then maybe my sales would increase. But, photograph, describe and ship an article of clothing for $5 and less? And with a sell through rate of 40% or less?  There can't be much profit in that after COGS, labor and eBay/Paypal fees.  

I guess that this works for you, but, by most people's definition of business, sales increases of this type wouldn't count for much
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Rupert Pupkin
       
Mon Oct 18 14:07:41 2010
Opted out of automatic unpaid item assistant at its inception.
Score two nice sales early last week and both were "paid" by eCheck though PayPain.

I have no philosophical problems being "paid" by eChecks.

Just checked my sold item page and found that eBain had opted me back into automatic unpaid item assistant and filed UID's with both buyers.

Joy to the world.

Uploaded several new listings on Sunday evening.
No relists or Sell Similiars.

This afternoon several listings indicate watchers while visitor counts show 0.

I thought that one had to visit in order to watch.

I'm probably missing some nuance in their software.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Jay
       
Mon Oct 18 15:40:13 2010
My sales are down from last year (I was a gold now a silver)
But I have to say that sales have improved over the last 60 days to almost the same levels as 2 years ago. 2009 was really bad for us but 2010 has shown some improvement. If sales continue as they are we should finish out the year OK. Ebay's been very tough but after investing over 10 years in selling on Ebay I'm not even going to throw in the towel now. I'm just working harder then ever. . .
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Walk away from Evil
       
Mon Oct 18 15:55:30 2010
I doubt Ebay makes much profit these days.  I believe the only purpose of its existence is to generate revenue for PayPal by freezing accounts! Anyone agree?  

To all those who hold a large sum of money with Paypal, I recommend you transfer those funds immediately into your bank accounts.  Do not request a debit card or your funds will be frozen.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Jake
       
Mon Oct 18 16:59:08 2010
My sales are flat and getting worse despite the fact that I joined Ebay's store options for 5 cents an auction!
People and sellers such as myself have seen the light of Amazon and other such sites which don't charge us upfront only when we sell an item.
I'd really like to know Ebay's stats for their current promotion till Jan for non store sellers. Has EBAY SEEN THE LIGHT?
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Bonuskid40
       
Mon Oct 18 18:18:13 2010
"This afternoon several listings indicate watchers while visitor counts show 0.

I thought that one had to visit in order to watch.

I'm probably missing some nuance in their software. "

Actually, you don't have to visit an item to watch it anymore. There is a watch this item link under each item in search results.
Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo   Veteran eBay Seller Reports Sales Down 80% in Octo
by: Wee Willie Winkie
       
Mon Oct 18 18:53:51 2010
My sales are at a 6 year high.
I am so grateful that ebay is making bad sellers leave.

DSR's are the best thing that ever happened to good sellers and only scamming sellers should be afraid of them.

Go, Johnny, Go!!
A Satisfied Small Seller
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