EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 3093 - June 24, 2013     2 of 5

eBay Offers $10 Bounty to Attract New Sellers

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What does eBay need more of, buyers or sellers? eBay sellers would likely argue the marketplace needs more buyers. Nevertheless, eBay is offering a $10 bounty for referring new sellers in a special 1-month promotion.

An email went out to some sellers on Saturday with the subject line, "Refer your friends to earn up to $200." The eBay seller referral promotion is running from June 22, 2013, through July 22, 2013. The promotion is limited to sellers who receive the invitation, and eBay will give recipients up to $200 each. In order to participate, recipients of the invitation must be a U.S. resident and must be registered on

The body of the email says, "Get $10 for every friend who starts selling on eBay. Ask your friends to start selling on eBay and get $10 when they list their first item* - an exclusive offer for our most loyal sellers. You could earn up to $200!"

Those who received eBay's email on Saturday can participate by submitting the names and email addresses of friends they would like to invite to make a listing on the eBay website. According to the terms and conditions, those who are invited must meet the following qualifications:

  • are first-time Sellers on eBay;
  • have not made a listing on eBay in the past twelve months;
  • have opted in to receive communications from eBay.

eBay will deposit $10 into participants' PayPal account for each eligible referred friend who makes a first time listing on eBay during the promotion, with a limit of twenty referrals.

Read the full terms and conditionsfor details and restrictions.

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