|Tue May 1 2012 11:00:05|
Your Thoughts on eBay's New May 2 Business Policies?
By: Julia Wilkinson
Does anyone remember that quietly embedded in eBay's big Spring Seller Update was this paragraph about new "Business Policies," which will allow sellers to create and apply policies about things such as payment, shipping and returns across their listings or subtypes of listings? It's coming to a few sellers near you, or maybe even you, on May 2 (as in tomorrow).
"'Business Policies': Starting on May 2, a few sellers will be invited to opt in to a new way to create and manage their own custom business policies - payment, shipping, and return policies - and apply them to their listings quickly and easily. Sellers will be able to define several shipping profiles, for example, and assign them to various listings. The new functionality will be extended to all sellers by July 15."
Wondering what this will actually look like? There's an interesting video that shows it in action, with Dave Forrest, Senior Manager of the Seller Platform of eBay UK. (IMO, these policies sound better with a British accent):
eBay.co.uk Business Seller News Spring 2012: New Business Policies
On the face of it, this seems like a good change. Sellers will be able to create different profiles for different types of listings and apply them in an efficient way.
In the video, eBay says its benefits will be to "Easily edit 1,000s of listings, Faster listing creation, and Review and edit policies from one central location."
But is another shoe going to drop? Do you have any concerns about the upcoming business policies? I'd also like to hear from you if you are one of those special "few sellers" who will be invited to opt in on May 2. Let us know what you think of the new policies. Post a comment here!