|Fri Mar 30 2007 13:49:29|
eBay Quashes Rumor over Store Fee Hikes
By: Ina Steiner
eBay is not raising fees for eBay Stores, spokesperson Brad Williams told me today. ChannelAdvisor CEO Scot Wingo had speculated on his blog yesterday that eBay would raise listing fees for Stores in April. He believes Store listings are growing too fast, and that auction listings are not growing fast enough.
Scot was referencing eBay's dilemma in balancing Store versus core listings, a problem that it revealed last summer when it decreased exposure for Store listings and increased Store fees.
"We don't have any plans to raise Store fees today. Scot is just wrong," Brad said. "As always, when we have major changes, we'll communicate with our community in a timely and comprehensive way."
Scot's blog post has gotten much attention from other bloggers and on discussion boards. Randy Smythe, a former eBay PowerSeller turned blogger, agreed that Store fee increases were "inevitable," and advised Store owners to increase their prices incrementally over the next several months in preparation.
Another blogger, Debbie Levitt, who is President of AsWas, eBay's first Certified Service Provider, went against the grain. "Why are people reacting like the sky is falling upon hearing a rumour?" she wrote, writing that she has yet to see people leave eBay in droves. She also advised, "If a multi-channel selling strategy is right for you, you should be looking at it (or doing it) ANYWAY."
Blogging is all about speculation and rumors, and the discussion resulting from Scot's blog post was interesting and informative. There's no doubt that some sellers were quite concerned on how possible, rumored fee increases would affect them, however. Will eBay's adamant position that they have no plans to raise Store fees reassure them?