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Mon Nov 16 2020 14:49:11

eBay Seller Advocate Is Stepping Down

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay Vice President of Seller Operations and Engagement Marni Levine announced in a Facebook Live webcast that she is leaving the company after nearly 4 years. 

She became the voice of eBay for sellers who tuned in to watch her twice monthly "Marni Monday" Seller Check-in videos, a practice she started at the beginning of the pandemic.

"Please rest assured that you have an amazing group of people at eBay that are cheering for you and really looking out for your best interests," she told viewers during her last Marni Monday broadcast today.

As part of her effort to reassure sellers, she said, "As you all know, Jordan Sweetnam came back over a year ago and one of his first calls to action was to recreate a seller organization in an effort to make sure that the sellers' thoughts, needs, and priorities were at the forefront of everything we were building here at eBay."

She mentioned Harry Temkin who is "creating and developing amazing tools," and Rebecca Michaels, who will be continuing as Director of Community. Levine said the team who creates programs for sellers are behind the scenes and are not going anywhere.

"eBay will always be the home of small business, creating equality and economic opportunity for all," she said.

Levine began the webcast saying she had bittersweet news, announcing she had decided to take on a new adventure and leave eBay. She did not say if she had a new position lined up, and she had not updated her LinkedIn profile as of this writing.

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by: HardWorkingSeller This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 09:08:58 2020

She seemed genuine and was I thought really getting into the video host role despite it not being her natural mode of interaction.  
Based on a couple of meetings with her at eBay events I thought that she got it when it comes to the sellers’ perspective and was very knowledgeable on the eBay systems side.
Problem is, that eBay keeps appointing otherwise competent people as turd polishers for the benefit of papering over the cracks in sellers’ impressions of eBay, but with almost no influence over the turd production line behind the curtain.  They then toss them out after a couple of years of heavy polishing because not much has really changed.
I thought the same way when Mr Cupcake was allowed to spend more time on his photography business.
The ex-eBay execs all seem to do well for themselves across the street so I doubt that she has much to worry about.

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by: Mango This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 15:31:57 2020

@pace306 wrote "YEH! me and every OTHER seller I know - tuned in to see the stupidity from the boys/girls from SJ!"

@pace306, who or what is "SJ"?  (I Googled, but no joy.)  

(Acronyms are one of the biggest impediments to effective communication.)

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This user has validated their user name. by: Lightning

Fri Nov 20 01:41:10 2020

@Mango
SJ is for San Jose, corporate headquarters of eBay.

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