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New eBay Promotion Targets Auctions

eBay is running a promotion to encourage sellers to list auctions, though a glitch is preventing some invitees from participating.

eBay used an unusual tactic with its email invitation – the letter was written by Eric Del Valle, not an eBay employee, but rather, an eBay seller who uses the ID Watch_4_accuracy.

“As an eBay seller, I know how important it is to start the year with big sales. eBay provides a lot of tools we can use to sell more – and make more – like this promotion: you can list an extra 2,000 auction-style listings for free,* January 8–14. I’m looking forward to selling in-demand items in the new year, like collectible watches, smartphones, and tablets. Imagine what you’ll be able to do with that extra money!”

The promotion is by invitation only and invites sellers to list up to 2,000 auction or auction with Buy It Now and pay no insertion fees. It kicked off on January 8 and runs through January 14, 2016.

But some sellers reported a problem with the promotion via the Ecommerce EKG board – “2000 free Auction & BIN promo not working. When I go to Sell Similar or relist, the 30c charge is still visible. It doesn’t change.”

All other fees apply, read your invitation carefully for details and restrictions.

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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). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.