EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 265 - June 20, 2010 - ISSN 1528-6703     8 of 8

AuctionBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor

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In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. From feedback to payment services, from fees to posting policies, AuctionBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your views.

Send your letter to the editor by emailing with "Letters to the Editor Blog" in the subject line. (Remember to include your name as you would like it to appear.)


This is one of the comments on the "Mysterious Sales Pattern" letter to the editor you published:

"My sales have also decreased dramatically. When store items were put into core search, my sales skyrocketed. Suddenly, sometime in May, they drastically decreased to 1 or 2 a week from 1-2 a day. I just checked Omniture. Here are my page visits.
March - 6924
April - 8750
May - 2432
June - 123 (so far)
Page visits went from an average of 300 a day to 5-10, somtimes 0. This started on May 9th and it still continues. "

The new eBay data center goes online on May 4th and page views plummeted from May 9th? You have got to troll for the scuttlebutt from this datacenter migration, Ina. There is a disaster unfolding there, it has to be the case. My own page views held up through most of May, then dived as well.
We're counting on you Ina.


Hi Ina - looks like it's "no more Mr. Nice Guy" for Etsy sellers - link

(Link goes to Etsy forums where sellers are commenting on PayPal's rolling reserves on their accounts on Etsy.)


To the editor,
You may or not be interested, but, one of ebays biggest consignment/drop off shops, easysaleDFW is going out of business, I called there this AM about something, and the lady that answers the phone, told me this, and they are not taking any new consignments then she went on about how ebay paypal could care less, and yada yada yada same ol song, I am sure you have heard it all,

This probably would make an interesting story, they were pretty big in the Dallas area with like 5 stores and acquired some of the isoldit shops, I often wondered how these places could stay in business, now they can't not sure how many employees they have , but I sure seen their trucks all over the Dallas area daily.. Was really not surprised though.

I am a firm believer that nothing will get to ebay more than bad press !

Note from the Editor: I left a phone message for Stewart Asimus, President of Easy Sale Inc., to confirm this report and have not yet heard back.


Also visit the Letters to the Editor Blog, here are links to letters published from June 6 to present:

Changes to eBay's Negative Feedback Removal Policy (June 17, 2010) - Link to letter

Delay at Amazon Warehouses Impacting Sellers' FBA Sales (June 17, 2010) - Link to letter

VERO Trademark Issue Hitting Clothing Sellers on eBay (June 15, 2010) - Link to letter

Two Sellers Comment on eBay Feedback Testing (June 13, 2010) - Link to letter

Is PayPal's Fast Growth Cause of Site Problems? (June 10, 2010) - Link to letter

Where's the Best Place to Sell Books? (June 7, 2010) - Link to letter

Seller Sees Improving Experience on eBay (June 3, 2010) - Link to letter

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

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