|Tue Aug 21 2012 13:26:27|
Could eBid's Growth Remind eBay to KISS? (Keep It Simple)
By: Julia Wilkinson
Auction site eBid.net has hit 6 million listings as of June, up 20% from 6 months prior. In today's EcommerceBytes article about the site, Co-Founder Mark Wilkinson (no relation to me) says that this is due to, among other reasons, migrating eBay sellers who are unhappy with eBay's complicated fee structure.
I've been hearing the rising drumbeat of how much more difficult eBay has become to use, particularly to sell on, and wonder how much this factor of simplicity has to do with eBid's growth. Certainly there have become more and more fees to remember when listing on eBay, and sometimes it's hard to factor them all in when you put something up and come up with a starting bid price that won't actually lose you money. (And let's not even talk about the "loss leaders").
A search of some of the threads on a Seller Update eBay discussion board yields such post titles as "Your making it TOO Complicated for Sellers and Buyers!!!!!!" [sic], "LEAVE IT ALONE. You are making this WAY to complicated for all of us," "Ebay policy and rules will eventually be so complicated that it will scare away many sellers," and let's not forget the cryptic "Can I cuss here?" posted by one frustrated seller who had "6,000 listings with a total of 291,303 variations and up to 72,000 pictures representing 6 years of labor...just been rendered obsolete by the stroke of one 'genius' pen."
How much do you think the "complicated" factor has to do with people leaving eBay or at least diversifying? Do you find an offer like eBid's $49.99 lifetime seller fee attractive? Or would you rather dip your toe in the water with its $1.99 flat-rate seller fee for 7 days?
Or is all this just much ado about nothing..are sellers going to for the most part keep at least some of their eggs in the eBay basket as long as all the eyeballs are also there (sorry; bad visual)? Will we just accept that our "relationship status" with eBay will always be, "It's Complicated"? Post a comment here!