|Wed Jan 23 2019 20:28:46|
Changes Are Coming to eBay Seller Tools
By: Ina Steiner
eBay will retire Turbo Lister in Europe next month, an eBay moderator told sellers in the US discussion forums today. However, he said he didn't know how long US sellers would be able to continue to use the desktop listing tool. Nor was he able to tell sellers how much advance notice eBay would provide them before pulling the plug on the tool completely.
eBay had announced it was going to end support for Turbo Lister in 2017 as it shifted resources to its Seller Hub tool. But it made a promise to sellers it would wait until Seller Hub had all of the Turbo Features sellers relied on before cutting off all support.
Turbo Lister allows sellers to manage their listings while offline, handy for those with a slow Internet connection, for those who like to archive their listings, and for those who worry about the possibility of losing data when it is stored in the cloud outside their direct control.
Three months ago, sellers said eBay surveyed them
to see if they would be willing to pay between $4.99 - $9.99/month for the ability to continue using Turbo Lister.
The moderator said today that eBay's Advanced Apps team continues to offer support for Turbo Lister, though that will end when the full retirement of the tool takes place. "The Advanced Apps team can help sellers download Turbo Lister if needed and this is generally used for current users that need to reinstall the program. Since the current plan is to retire the tool, we don't typically recommend sellers start using it now as support will eventually be discontinued."
The moderator also said eBay would be making a number of enhancements to Seller Hub "in the next couple of months."