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Tue Mar 4 2008 08:15:05

Multi-Channel PowerSeller Likes Sponsored Links on eBay

By: Ina Steiner

Sponsored Link

I asked a PowerSeller attending the IMA conference what she thought of the Shopping.com and Google AdWord advertisements appearing on eBay listing pages at the bottom of search results, and she said she liked it. It seems her Amazon.com listings appear on Shopping.com automatically, so her Amazon.com listings appear, in effect, at the bottom of eBay listings in the Sponsored Links section. (Clicking on a Shopping.com Sponsored Link on eBay takes a visitor to Shopping.com, then, if someone clicks on her Shopping.com listings, they are taken to her listings on Amazon.com.)

I asked her if she would feel the same way about Sponsored Links if she sold on eBay exclusively, and she agreed that she would not be happy about them in that case.

I also asked her about the Boycott. She said she's been in retail for 20 years, and customer service is her top priority. She felt she would be leaving her customers down if they came to the site and could not find her items. (She has lots of repeat customers.) She also said she had to make money.




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by: LLP

Tue Mar 4 10:16:10 2008

''I also asked her about the Boycott. She said she's been in retail for 20 years, and customer service is her top priority. She felt she would be leaving her customers down if they came to the site and could not find her items. (She has lots of repeat customers.) She also said she had to make money.''

That kind of seems like a non-committal answer. What's her point?

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by: bye bye ebay

Tue Mar 4 10:58:50 2008

bye bye ebay.
C'mon iOffer.com  get biggger & stronger...

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by: Lynne

Tue Mar 4 13:13:13 2008

Wait till May 2008 arrives and she's left defenseless to the whims of unscrupulous buyers that she will not be able to distinguish from her "good" customers. When she has to start refunding her profits left and right, and having her income "held" for 21 days, we'll see how loyal to ebay she really is!Excellent customer service makes no difference to the scam artists- they buy in order to get the merchandise AND get their money back. Ebay supports these kinds of buyers, they always have, and they always will. Now, us little peon non-powerseller small fry sellers won't have a way to check and block this kind of bidder, leaving us open targets.With less feedback totals and smaller volume sales, one bad buyer and we have a spoiled reputation. I am glad I can still take my good rating with me by importing it to other selling sites.

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by: Kal

Wed Mar 5 11:36:04 2008

ioffer?

Are you kidding?

That site isn't going to survive. I'd sooner go to onlineauction.com (which I'm probably going to try out for a few months) than iffoer.com

Even the concept is dumb.

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by: powersellerwhocares

Wed Mar 5 16:05:37 2008

Guys, this may or may not be news, but most (not all, but most) of the high volume power sellers don't care what happens to the little guys. Many have even been over to SC discussion board, as of late, trying to instruct small sellers on how to become power sellers and of their personal ideals of why they should do just that. Again, this is NOT all powersellers (I'm a PS and all for the boycott).

Also, high volume sellers will hardly feel a bite if one or two items have funds held from paypal, because there is plenty more where that came from. Sadly, they many have taken on that ebay greed mentality and could care less what happens to smaller sellers who they feel are dirtying up their turf.

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by: Jay

Wed Mar 5 23:33:20 2008

With good customer service - your funds won't be held by PayPal.  If you'd read the actual information supplied, the holds will be placed on a small percentage of sellers and transactions based on:

-Seller's % Positive Feedback in the last 30 days
-Seller's Detailed Seller Ratings in the last 30 days
-Final price for the item
-Shipping & handling fee
-Seller's eBay tenure as an eBay member
-Seller's total number of Feedback

Continuing to be a good seller, as you probably already are and you will likely not run into any problems.  

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by: auctionwally

Thu Mar 6 15:23:52 2008

Let's be clear about one thing, not all Powersellers feel the same way, I've been a Powerseller on and off in the 9 years of  my eBay selling, but I disagree very much with many of the recent eBay changes, so for people to claim that Powersellers don't care what happens to the little guys is a wrong point of view.
From what I've seen, it's Powersellers AND the little guys alike that have been critical of the latest eBay changes.
Smart Powersellers know that it's while high volume, duplicated products, bring in much of the money on eBay, one of a kind antiques & collectibles auctions are the glue that holds eBay together.

We have to work to get eBay to hear us and realize that we're upset about these changes, but let's not turn on fellow eBayers.



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