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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1991 - March 05, 2009 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 3

eBay Kills Dutch Auctions, Extends Free-Shipping Discounts

By Ina Steiner
March 05, 2009

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eBay is discontinuing Dutch Auctions on May 6, 2009, but says it remains committed to Auction-style listings. "We value the format, and will continue to support other forms of Auction-style listings going forward," according to the announcement. eBay said users found Dutch auctions confusing and said it found most sellers were listing multiple items with Fixed Price or Store Inventory formats. "These formats are easier and more cost-effective for sellers and less confusing for buyers." This change only affects auction-style listings with a quantity of 2 or more products. Sellers may list multi-quantity products in Fixed Price or Store Inventory formats.

eBay also told sellers it was extending double discounts for free shipping through June. PowerSellers receive double Final Value Fee discounts on all Fixed Price and Auction-style items with free shipping sold through June 30, 2009, and all sellers receive a free Subtitle upgrade on Auction-style and Fixed Price items listed with free shipping through June 30, 2009.

Starting this month, sellers may choose to receive their eBay invoice in a new summary format or in the current detailed format. The new summary invoice provides an at-a-glance look at billing activity instead of detailing individual transactions. This format includes total amounts for each type of discount, credit or fee. eBay is also offering sellers the ability to have billing-related emails sent to a separate email address.


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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