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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.

4 thoughts on “eBay Lets Sellers Make Offers to Buyers with Exclusive Discounts”

  1. “In the online world, we think it’s important for a seller to be able to reach out and say, “I want to make a deal. Let’s make it happen.”

    Isn’t a quality listing, at a competitive price all we should need to “make a deal”? How about you just show all items we paid you to list, in an organic search instead of manipulating searches to the point of being painful? I have to find the item I want to buy looking in a sidebar, banner ad, or using an external search engine to search ebay? It’s clear they don’t show things in their own search even if you search for the title verbatim, then direct you to an item you won’t buy, then put “better deals” in the “sponsored ads” in order to steal more money from the unawares sellers that don’t even know their items are invisible in basic search. Going on a year now. “promoted listings” will be the savior – that is if anyone can even find the item by looking within the real estate of another listing you will never buy. Warped.

  2. It’s easier to make an offer at live shows because you don’t have the feeBay monkey on your back. Unfortunately, with as grabby as they are and how little traffic they deliver, my listed price is as low as I can go.

  3. Typical idiotic H1B UI. They didn’t do the sensible thing and add it to the action menu or make the watcher number clickable. Nope, you’ve got to click the radio box at the top of the table that defaults to promoted listings, which makes a “send offer” button replace the “promote listing” button. And of course, for all of the buckets of word salad eBay pumped out for the announcement, this info is nowhere to be found…

  4. EBay just added a row of “filters” (as they call them) on my Active Listings page. These are the headings:

    Promoted listings—eligible (220)
    Promoted listings—promoted (2)
    Send offers—eligible (47)
    Send offers—sent (1)

    So I can click on any of those, and narrow the list. I noticed that Send offers – eligible shows me that people are watching the lowest priced stuff I have, the very bottom of the barrel. There would be no room to offer lower. I’m not sure how they determine which listings are “eligible”. Maybe buyers have to check off some box that says “ok to receive offers”. I don’t know why only 47 out of 222 listings are eligible. There are people watching my items at all price levels, and over 70 watched items in total.

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