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eBay to Share Long Term Strategy at Seller Conference

eBay is holding a conference in Las Vegas in July where sellers can gain insights into eBay’s long term strategy, receive updates on seller tools, and learn about programs to grow their businesses.

eBay OPEN will take place at the Venetian Hotel on July 26-29, 2016. The company explains, “The event is intended for all eBay enthusiasts, particularly small and medium sized businesses who sell on eBay. Whether you’re a new seller just starting out, or an established company looking to take your sales to the next level, you’ll get access to the latest tools, information and best practices to improve your sales and streamline your business on eBay.”

The event kicks off on Tuesday July 26 with an evening reception. The following two days are filled with sessions and workshops and a party on Thursday evening. The conference concludes on Friday after lunch.

The initial reaction to the news of the conference on the AuctionBytes Facebook page was overwhelmingly negative.

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman kicked off the first eBay Live conference in Anaheim in 2002, when it was compared to a Mary Kay convention thanks to the enthusiastic attendees. The last eBay Live conference was held in Chicago in 2008 where things got ugly as sellers were struggling to cope with changes introduced by John Donahoe, who cancelled the following year’s conference scheduled to take place in Atlanta.

eBay replaced the annual conferences with smaller, regional events called eBay On Location held from 2010 – 2011. In 2013, eBay piggybacked on seller-organized Meetups by sending executives to the small meetings. And in 2015, eBay revived the concept of a user conference, holding an anniversary bash in San Jose in September.

Sellers are weighing in on the AuctionBytes Blog and Facebook page on whether they will attend the conference.

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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/.