|Tue Mar 31 2009 13:13:00|
Internet Retailer Discount Expiring, eBay DevCon Conflict
By: Ina Steiner
Ecommerce providers who service eBay sellers may face a dilemma in planning their spring conference schedule. The eBay and PayPal Developers conference is scheduled for June 16 -18, 2009 at eBay headquarters in San Jose, California, while the annual Internet Retailer conference is scheduled for the same week in Boston, Massachusetts.
Larger vendors will likely send their developers to San Jose and their marketing folks to Boston, but for small developers, it could be a challenge figuring out which show they should attend.
In prior years, eBay held DevCon immediately preceding its annual conference, giving vendors exposure to 10,000 attendees, but the company canceled its eBay Live conference this year, meaning DevCon attendees are not reaching retailers. Internet Retailer, on the other hand, gives vendors an opportunity to meet face-to-face with thousands of online retailers.
eBay DevCon sessions include topics on Project Echo, which allows third-party developers to integrate their applications into eBay's Selling Manager; Large Merchant Services, which helps large retailers bring inventory to the platform; marketplace security; and the eBay roadmap. The Early Bird discount for attending the conference is $99 before April 30.
Internet Retailer's Early Bird discount expires today (March 31, 2009), and the publisher is giving AuctionBytes readers an additional $100 discount, which does not expire (it is applicable to all options except Exhibit Hall-only passes). Enter code SD9123 on the registration page after you have made your selections of which sessions you want to attend, and the discount will be automatically applied.
The AuctionBytes discount does not expire, but to get the maximum benefit, use it before the Early Bird discount expires today.
Patrick M. Byrne, Chairman & CEO, Overstock.com, will be giving the keynote address at Internet Retailer, and eBay's Stephanie Tilenius will be a featured speaker on June 17, 2009, on "The new eBay: What eBay's evolution means to retailers." I'm chairing the Small Retailers Track on June 16th - hope to see you there.