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eBay Gives out $10 Coupons to Incent Users to Sell

eBay is giving out $10 coupons to incent users to sell. But recipients must do more than list an item – the item must end with a sale, and the buyer must pay for the item. “List an item today and get a $10 coupon to spend on eBay when your item sells within 15 days,” the invitation explains.

The ongoing promotion is targeted at users who have never sold before or who haven’t sold in a long time. It’s interesting to read some of the information eBay includes on the promotions page:

We rounded up some questions other seller friends have asked us.

Question: I’m pretty busy. How long will it take me to get my stuff up on eBay?

Answer: We realize you want to sell your stuff right now. Our quick listing tool makes selling on eBay easier than ever. We’ve simplified the listing steps, and included guidance and tips to help you get your stuff up in no time.

Question: I don’t know how to price my stuff. What should I start it at?

Answer: The quick listing tool eliminates the guesswork in trying to figure out the best price for your item. We’ve made a list of items similar to yours that sold on eBay, and their starting prices, for you to use. Auctions with low starting prices really attract buyers.

The promotion is by invitation only and is part of eBay’s marketing strategy. The latest coupon we saw allows sellers to list in auction or fixed-price listing. If the user lists and successfully sells an item (within 15 days), eBay will send a $10 coupon within 3 weeks after the promotion period.

An item is defined as sold when it is paid for in full by buyer, and the coupon must be used towards a future eBay purchase.

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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/.