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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1730 - February 19, 2008 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 3

Overstock Auctions Runs 'eBay Boycott' Listing Sale

By Ina Steiner
February 19, 2008

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Overstock Auctions is holding a sale on listing fees the week of February 18th to coincide with the boycott of eBay. Sellers who list items on the Overstock Auctions platform from February 18 - 25, 2008 will be eligible for a 50% discount on listing fees.

In its early days, Overstock.com also capitalized on seller unrest to attract eBay sellers, but challenges at the corporate level led Overstock to scale back on its investment in its auction platform. However, last year, Overstock entered into an strategic alliance with ecommerce-management firm ChannelAdvisor to allow its large merchants to list their inventory on Overstock.com Shopping (http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y07/m03/i21/s02).

Overstock.com Chairman and CEO Patrick Byrne stated in a press release, "Our promotion happens to fall during the same week that an eBay boycott was planned. While we didn't arrange our promotion in response to that particular boycott, we did notice that there are often strike plans. Auction customers are trying to tell eBay something. We overheard and we are responding to their persistent requests for low selling fees."

See Overstock Auctions website for promotion details.


About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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