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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Sat Oct 2 2021 08:34:54

eBay Reinvests in Deals Site Backend - What's the Big Deal?

By: Ina Steiner

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Want to launch a deal on eBay to get an item in front of shoppers' eyeballs? eBay is making the process of submitting deals easier through a new seller portal - if you are one of the select few invited to the program, that is.

According to a message eBay sent to an EcommerceBytes reader on Thursday, it's introducing a new and improved Deals experience for sellers.

"Starting October 4, 2021, our new seller portal, powered by best-in-class automation will make it easier than ever to submit Deals, track them, and review their status."

Presumably the notification referred to eBay's Deals site at eBay.com/deals, which is featured at the very top of its website next to the sign-in button. eBay launched Daily Deals in 2011. According to a post on Skuvault from last year: 

"The Daily Deals on eBay.com are sourced from trusted sellers who offer deep discounts on limited quantity products. Ebay has their own algorithm to determine who can become a Daily Deal seller. The process is complex and time-consuming for a new eBay seller, and only the most dedicated are awarded Daily Deal accounts."

The types of items featured on eBay Deals is what you'd expect - commodity items in categories such as electronics, clothing, jewelry, and home goods. We interviewed a participant in 2013 who explained how it worked, but we haven't seen much information from eBay about its Deals site since 2017 when the company reported only a tiny subset of sellers was allowed to sell there - 900 sellers participated in eBay Deals that year.

We looked for current information for sellers who might be interested in submitting deals for consideration, but despite the stray letter to the EcommerceBytes reader who got this week's notification email, there wasn't much to find.

The notice the reader received featured the subject line, "Submitting Deals is now so much easier," and here's what was inside:

You're invited to the seller portal, our new Deals experience for sellers

Dear (REDACTED),
We're continuously investing in the seller experience to help you drive sales velocity and grow your business on eBay. Based on your feedback, we're introducing a new and improved Deals experience.

Starting October 4, 2021, our new seller portal, powered by best-in-class automation will make it easier than ever to submit Deals, track them, and review their status. 

On September 30, you'll be able to access the seller portal. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the seller portal, review training materials, and get ready to begin submitting your unsubsidized deals when the first submission window goes live on October 4.

Visit the seller portal beginning September 30 at sellerportal.ebay.com.

As always, thank you for selling on eBay.
eBay Selling team

Interestingly the seller who received the invitation was unfamiliar with eBay Deals and was wary of logging in with their seller account, telling EcommerceBytes: "I have been forced into Managed Payments at last, and so far everything is going fine without any hitches, but I am wary of it. I certainly do not want to be forced into another program I know nothing about, especially one I almost certainly won't want to use, and I'm concerned that if I log in to check it out, they will have a live response and may force me into that, too."

eBay's email to the seller referenced "unsubsidized" deals, making it clear it was up to sellers to discount their products without any financial assistance from eBay.

It would be interesting to know more about sellers' experiences with eBay Deals, but clearly it's not a good fit for every item or every seller. Let us know if you also received an invitation and whether you plan to participate in deals, especially during the holiday shopping season.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Sat Oct 2 11:27:13 2021

"...our new seller portal, powered by best-in-class automation,...." Is any function on eBay 'best-in-class'? I tried going to seller portal site but it required me to log in to go further than the landing page. I was just curious to see what fees they were going to charge for this service since, because it's eBay, you know there's a big profit in there somewhere for them.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Sat Oct 2 13:49:56 2021

No thanks.  Anyway, I am guessing that you have go be a mega seller or speak Mandarin to participate.

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by: ValueAddedResource This user has validated their user name.

Sat Oct 2 17:16:56 2021

I have participated in the Daily Deals program as a seller in the past - it was a cumbersome process requiring spreadsheet uploads and there was really no reporting or backend functionality provided besides the usual tools and reports accessible to all sellers in Seller Hub.

As with everything eBay, the devil will of course be in the details, but the seller experience for Deals was way overdue for an overhaul, so it's good to hear they're working to improve the process.

Audrey Zwibleman, GM Deals & Brand Outlet had a short segment about Deals during one of the sessions at eBay Open Online this year with some more information about the program, what they're adding with the new Seller Portal and an important slide with eBay's promotional merchandising plans for Q4 at the end.

Video here:

https://bit.ly/3D4PyOH

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Oct 2 20:26:39 2021

1) Another eBay pay for play mafia story
2) Another "eBay gets to decide the winners and loosers" situation
3) Another "program" ran by imbecilic monkeys
4) Another "nod nod wink wink" game of supporting "your friends"
5) Another "suite case" of back end money to sustain the heavy perks @ eBay

In short - as long as you pay eBay in some way shape or form - you get to be a winner.

Theres no longer any even handedness or level playing field

Pierre should be ashamed of himself and take a long look in the mirror and see if theres any part of himself left thats got any honesty or decency in it

Why be a good seller at all if you can CPC and Deal yourself into riches?

eBay, where theres never a crooked deal we cant/wont do!

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by: wrslss1222 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 4 06:10:06 2021

Once again eBay is coming up with a way to screw around its sellers.  There are numerous changes that eBay can do to drive sales and help sellers but they are obviously not experienced or do not care.



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