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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.

2 thoughts on “eBay Runs Category-Wide Flash Sales in Advance of Prime Day”

  1. I myself would never ever buy tech on eBay just as I would never by tech from Walmart. The sellers buy the seconds and then hope that they would not get a refund for shoddy merchandise. I myself have always bought tech from Best-Buy. I have never had a problem. I have bought tech from Walmart and returned it many times to get a refund. I learned a long time ago that they by 2nds and hope that it sticks and I am sure eBay is the same way. To buy is like rolling the dice and hope that you do not get craps.

    eBay = Dead Man Walking

  2. Well since Ebay wants to service the same lowest 40% of the population by income as they say that Walmart does, the fact that the both sell or only have seconds available does not surprise me at all actually. I have not set foot in a Walmart since around 1989 or 1990 if my memory serves me correctly and the way the aisles were designed you had to go through the entire store before you could get out. Complete waste of time and effort but not money because I just left everything in the cart so i could get out of there as quickly as possible.

    I see how Walmart can make that profitable since they own the inventory, but still do not see how Ebay is going to make that profitable since their sellers also need to make money on the deal. Maybe that is what Wenig means by the Chinese are EBays future. They can sell almost everything for $.99 delivered and still show a profit on it. But can Ebay make a profit on nothing but Chinese sales? Not if Wenig wants to continue taking $20+ million salaries every year. But I guess he could start living on a few pennies a day profit like many of the Chinese sellers or their employees do.

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