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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.

3 thoughts on “Results Are In: How eBay GTC Mandate Will Impact Sellers”

  1. I hae more items than I have free listings. I rotate some, move some to auctions and back to fixed price, and when I run out of my allocated listings, I let some sit. My sell thru rate on eBay is tiny so I refuse to pay for listings not covered in my monthly store fees.
    This means I have to watch closely when items are about to be ‘rebilled’ by ebay. (will I have to do the math based on the start date? How will I know when to cancel?) This is a lot of extra work and will mean I will lose some of the time I paid for to have my listings active, as well as my own time doing the extra work. What 3rd parties can I use to manage this for me?

    1. @ZZ time for you to get new products that sell better. The whole point of good until canceled is so that you don’t cancel the listings. You are not willing to pay extra insertion fees of $.05-$.10 per listing??? yet you want someone to tell you a 3rd Party software to manage listings? No 3rd party software that does what you want is going to be free. If you do want to pay money for a 3rd party software checkout Ink Frog.

  2. Ebay has never cared about how much extra work they cause for their sellers. I actually sometimes think that Wenig and his unqualified assistants sit up in his office thinking of ways to make life harder for sellers with every update as they never have anything that actually Helps sellers. Each and every change is either another Money Grab because TPTB are grossly incompetent to run Ebay or is another large amount of work added to sellers which really serves no purpose other than to satisfy TPTB that Sellers are now earning their income. If Ebay rated their executives pay based on how effective any of their changes have been since Wenig took over, Wenig and crew would be paying Ebay for the privilege of working there as nothing they have come up with has ever been anything but an additional money grab from their existing sellers because Ebay has no clue how to grow their site by bringing traffic to it.

    Wenig is more concerned about not spending any more than he has to just to get something done and every project that has been spawned under his regime has flopped and I fully expect Managed Payments to do the same when they finally roll it out as it will be so full of glitches that Ebay may make Etsys billing fiasco look like just robbing a kids piggy bank compared to what they will wind up doing. They already overbill Sellers on a regular basis and then only want to give them an Ebay invoice credit rather than refund the money. Ebay is starting to sound more and more like they are having some type of cash flow issues just like Etsy but are hiding the issues as normal for ebay.

    Wenig is now just throwing anything out that he can to try and save his job because he knows its inevitable once they sell off Stub Hub and the Classifieds as all of Ebays problems will immediately start showing as there will be nothing to use to hide the loss of business.

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