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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2724 - January 24, 2012 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 5

eBay Plans for New Lifetime Transactions Report

By Ina Steiner
January 24, 2012

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Ever wonder how much you've sold on eBay over your selling career? Last week, eBay launched a new report on the Seller Dashboard where sellers can view the date of their first sale, number of transactions, and dollar sales, as an astute reader revealed on the Letters to the Editor (LTE) blog.

However, long time sellers are reporting that the date does not go all the way back to the year they began selling, and the earliest year appears to be 2001 - anyone with sales prior to that year may remain wondering the magical date when they made their first eBay sale.

One eBay seller discussing the change on the Seller Central discussion board joked that eBay had forgotten to include a line showing "liftetime fees."

Another seller discussing the new Lifetime Transactions report on the EcommerceBytes LTE blog wrote, "My first sale on eBay was in June of '99 and it says on the dashboard that it was in April of '02. The sales are off by at least half a million and my transactions are off by at least 15,000 so something is all screwed up."

Some posters said they were afraid the new eBay report was somehow related to tax reporting, citing the new Form 1099-K that payment processors are required to send to the Internal Revenue Service. Others believed it was part of a new policy involving seller standards.

eBay has yet to announce the new feature.

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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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