If you search the eBay forums for reports of a sales slump, it seems you'll always find threads where sellers report poor sales periods - it's par for the course. But every once in a while, there's anecdotal evidence that something much more going on, and the past couple of weeks is one of those times.
Letters we've received and online posts we've read that point to a sudden drop in sales by a number of sellers. Here are some of the threads that readers have sent us:
"Has anyone else been slow these last few weeks?" (October 27
"Huge reduction in traffic to listings, huge reduction in sales. Is promoted listings causing this?" (October 18
"Low or no sales" (August 8
and continued into this month)
Some of the reports could be due to vast number changes eBay has made in recent weeks (Seller Hub, Promoted Listings, policies, changes to buyer-seller communications, and changes around active content and HTTPS security, to name a few).
And those are just the changes we know about - eBay has been making major changes of late without informing sellers, and of course it never reveals details about its own marketing campaigns, which can influence which products and categories get more traffic.
The cause of the latest reports could also be due to some of the technical issues that the eBay site has been experiencing.
This isn't to say total eBay sales are down, and there are always sellers who do well during a period where it seems like others are in a slump. But it does seem like many individual sellers are seeing a drop in October. Have you see any changes to traffic or sales on eBay or elsewhere, whether up or down, or have things been steady for you?