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Thu May 19 2022 15:16:47

eBay Moves Listings to New Categories with Latest Changes

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay reminded sellers on Wednesday it would begin rolling out category changes May 18th. That means sellers must check to see if eBay moved any of their listings into new categories, in which case they may have to make edits, including to product attributes, aka Item Specifics. 

eBay had announced the category changes in its most recent Seller Update.

eBay acknowledged in yesterday's post the disruption the change would cause sellers when it explained, "During this transition, your listing experience could be temporarily impacted, as well as the visibility of your listings.  You may notice some item specifics changing names, listings moved to ... Read More

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Wed May 18 2022 19:44:56

The End of the eBay Weekly Chat, RIP

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay will no longer host weekly chats where sellers and buyers can ask questions about site features, changes, or problems they encountered. 

It's difficult to convey how significant a change this is, and what a loss it is as a resource to sellers in particular. 

It's also a big loss to eBay. Any employee, manager, executive, Board member, could take a quick pulse of selling conditions by perusing the weekly chat, if they wanted to. I certainly found it helpful to see what was on sellers' minds and what new information I could glean from moderators that could prove helpful to readers.

eBay will host ... Read More

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Wed May 18 2022 15:33:28

Can Walmart Finally Take on Amazon Prime Day?

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Ever since Amazon held its first Prime Day on July 15, 2015, other marketplaces have tried to keep up. However, each year, it's Prime Day that that gets all the attention when it comes to corporate-contrived shopping holidays.

Seven years later, that may be about to change. Walmart announced today a June shopping event called "Walmart+ Weekend." Like Amazon Prime Day, it offers special savings to those who have paid for its membership program.

Walmart said it's taking a new approach to help spread the news about Walmart+ Weekend with the help of celebrities. "Starting today, Walmart will be sharing videos from celebrity comedians ... Read More

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Fri May 13 2022 14:48:54

Senior Architect at eBay Discovers Fast-Shipping Hack

By: Ina Steiner


Senior Architect at eBay David Van Couvering discovered a way to get items delivered faster - by filtering search results by distance.

On Thursday, he posted on Twitter, "A common reason people say they choose Amazon over @eBay is shipping speed. But I discovered on eBay you can filter for matches within say 25-100 miles. Reduces shipping time and shipping carbon. I ordered a used book from a local bookseller and got it next day."

Van Couvering, who joined eBay in 2020, makes the point that delivery speed can be a major factor in purchasing decisions - ... Read More

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Wed May 11 2022 20:06:52

eBay Puts Out Another Call for Customer Service Gig Workers

By: Ina Steiner


eBay put out another call for sellers to sign on as customer service gig workers, inviting them to get paid for helping other sellers find answers.

We first wrote about the program in 2020 when eBay launched the program in the UK and again in 2021 when it launched in the US.

A reader forwarded the email they received today:

Subject: Get paid to help other eBay sellers
Be an eBay expert 

Become an eBay Seller Expert with Limitless and you can earn cash by helping other sellers thrive.  

We've partnered with the platform Limitless to make it easy to become an eBay pro. Earn up to $1.20 every time ... Read More

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