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eBay Revives Seller Conference, Set for September

eBay is choosing to celebrate its 20th anniversary with an event for sellers rather than a special day of deals for customers, as its rival Amazon had done earlier this month with Prime Day. eBay sent invitations to sellers on Thursday.

The event is for anyone selling on eBay, it said, and will be held on September 10 – 11 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in eBay’s home town of San Jose, California. It appears to be modeled after the eBay Live conferences of years past, which were discontinued by John Donahoe, who stepped down as CEO last week following the breakup.

“This year, we put an extraordinary level of focus on delivering new and improved experiences to help you better manage your business on eBay, and we’re looking forward to sharing these with our sellers,” eBay explained.

In addition to learning about new tools, sellers can connect with specialists on a range of topics including shipping, returns, marketing, merchandising, and more, and they can network and hear what other sellers are doing.

eBay also said attendees can “spend time with the eBay leadership team and share your experiences and ideas.”

The cost of attending the 2-day event is $95 – early bird pricing is $65 through the end of the month.

Somewhat surprisingly eBay made no mention of PayPal, which it spun off a week ago – in a FAQ called, “What payments are accepted for registration,” eBay wrote, “We accept all major credit cards: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.”

The event begins with registration on Thursday, September 10th at 11:00am and kicks off with an opening General Session with eBay’s new CEO Devin Wenig at 1:00pm. The event wraps up on September 11th at 4 pm.

More information is available on the eBay website.

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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. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.