|Sat May 19 2012 23:06:02|
What Happened to the eBay Titanium Sellers of 2004?
By: Julia Wilkinson
Of a sample of 50 of the top 500 eBay sellers from the 2004 Nortica List, only 13 sellers were still eBay members and still actively selling. So where have they gone? Check my article in Sunday's EcommerceBytes Update article, "eBay's Titanium Sellers: Where Are They Now?"
I wasn't surprised to see a number of people who had gone NARU, but when combined with the number of sellers who were not currently listing any items for sale, that makes for 37 out of 50, or 74% of former Titanium sellers who are not currently selling on eBay.
Where have all these sellers gone? Some of them seemed to flame out in ways that made news, such as Parrothead88, who starting in April 2006 began getting an unusual amount of negative ratings for the seller.
Parrothead88 also made eBay history when he became the first "shooting star" PowerSeller in 1999 when he earned 10,000 feedback ratings.
Some sellers, such as Randy Smythe, who ran the "Glacierbaydvd" business and ranked #2 on the list, have moved on to very different things. Smythe is now Senior Director, Marketplace for Buy.com. Smythe said his category (Movies and Music) "became a commodity" and he didn't see the future in it long-term.
Other sellers such as Swedemom (who also runs her own ecommerce website) are still standing, but not without a lot of struggle and recalibrating along the way.
In eyeballing the top 50 of the list, I would guess several large companies (alibris, totalcampus.com, procarparts.com, the_sharper_image, abebooks-half) simply decided to focus on their own websites. maybe they were tired on the fees. In other cases, they may have renamed their business on eBay and be operating under a slightly tweaked user id. (This is the case with "Justdeals.com," which was taken over by new people and renamed simply "justdeals" on eBay).
What do you think happened to those 500 Titanium PowerSellers from 2004? How do you think the top sellers on eBay have changed, or not? Post a comment here!