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Fri July 19 2019 17:34:41

eBay Limits Marketing Promotion to Just 3 Sellers

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay sent a marketing email to shoppers today offering a "20% off coupon for easy summer looks," but eBay sent visitors to a page featuring products from only 3 sellers.

Looking at the fine print reveals the 20% coupon is good only for listings posted by only Bhfo, Linda*s***stuff, and World-of-optics.

It's likely to frustrate the millions of sellers who are not one of the privileged three, especially since eBay CEO Devin Wenig has said he has made a "significant reduction" in marketing this year that led to a decline in sales (GMV) for the first 6 months of the year. 

It's not clear if ... Read More

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Fri July 19 2019 10:53:58

Where Amazon Products Go to Die

By: Ina Steiner

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There's a place where you can go and browse through bin after bin of Amazon products that cost between $1 - $3 each, depending on the day of the week. It's a store in South Carolina called Bin Time, and it may give sellers who use Amazon's FBA fulfillment service nightmares.

An Amazon seller sent us a link to this news story that said many of the items have an MSRP of $100+, "including YETI thermoses, headphones, drones, high-end makeup, and more."

The article included a Youtube video showing a thrifter called "The Nauti Floridian Pinup" visiting the Bin Time store. ... Read More

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Wed July 17 2019 20:37:15

Does eBay Lure Amateurs Who Get In over Their Head?

By: Ina Steiner

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A new petition on raises an interesting question: is eBay marketing to novices and amateur sellers but subjecting them to terms they're ill-equipped to meet?

"Phineus Doxsip" started the petition titled, "Ebay Falsely Advertised Service to Sellers SNAD." 

SNAD is a term eBayers use for items sellers send to buyers that are "Significantly Not As Described." And note that we don't know who "Phineus Doxsip" is.

An excerpt states: "this petition argues that the company advertised a casual market for used items to amateur sellers, that was fraught with risk and unrealistic commercial standards, while also profiting from fees despite the success or failure ... Read More

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Tue July 16 2019 20:58:44

eBay Search Traffic May Be Falling Due to Google Update

By: Ina Steiner


eBay's search traffic has reportedly fallen, according to a Wall Street analyst who cited third-party services. Mark May of Citi said eBay's reported decline in search traffic could be related to a recent Google update.

May communicated the news in a report previewing eBay's second-quarter earnings release set for tomorrow (July 17th). 

May might have been referring to last month's "diversity" update, about which Google wrote: "This site diversity change means that you usually won't see more than two listings from the same site in our top results. However, we may still show more than two ... Read More

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Sun July 14 2019 21:22:29

Survey Finds Sellers Skeptical of New Etsy Shipping Initiative

By: Ina Steiner


On July 9, 2019, Etsy announced it was launching a new initiative to make free shipping a "core part of the shopping experience" on its marketplace. A survey of sellers conducted by EcommerceBytes reveals their thinking about the news and how it will impact their listing strategy.

Almost all respondents (96%) said they believed Etsy did not make the change based on the wants or needs of sellers. 

Thirteen percent of sellers who took the survey said they would stop listing on Etsy, and 25% said they would list less on Etsy. 36% said they would make no changes, and 2% ... Read More

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