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Mon Aug 21 2006 20:45:10

Amazon Booksellers React to eBay Store-to-Core

By: Ina Steiner

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Interesting thoughts from Amazon booksellers, who don't generally spend time talking about eBay on this board: "OT: Ebay store, closing listings, etc.," thread posted on Amazon Seller Soapbox started on 8/21/06 (Link)

eBay said it wanted sellers to cut down on their Stores inventory, weeding out low-priced items, and that's what these sellers are talking about. However, in reading threads like this, you have to ask, are they sure this is what they wanted? And what I don't see are sellers here, or anywhere else, reporting that they are going to start selling more on Core (except to try to sell off the Store inventory they are cutting out), which is what eBay told analysts would happen. uh-oh.

As is typical, some sellers say they will stick it out in the hopes that fewer sellers and listings may mean their own sales will increase.

And some sellers in this thread, like the sellers I've been hearing from, feel they have to stick it out to some degree through the holiday shopping season. Come January, they will reassess.

eBay needs a whole lotta BUYERS shopping in the fourth quarter to make this Store-to-Core thing work.

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