|Wed Oct 30 2013 10:35:35|
eBay Close to Announcing Retirement of Blackthorne
By: Ina Steiner
Online sellers who use eBay's Blackthorne software will have to find a new tool to list and manage their listings next year. While it hasn't officially announced the retirement of Blackthorne, eBay has begun preparations to help sellers who use the software program make the transition to another tool.
eBay is planning to end technical support for Blackthorne in the spring and end customer support in the fall. (See today's EcommerceBytes Newsflash for details.)
On eBay's selling tools page, it lists several of its own tools with Blackthorne along with some certified providers under "All in One Solutions":
- eBay tools: Selling Manager Pro and Nexpart eBay Link (for eBay Motors Parts and Accessories).
- eBay certified providers: ChannelAdvisor, GarageSale, Infopia, Inkfrog, Kyozou, Mercent, Monsoon Commerce and Vendio.
Other certified providers such as Auctiva, frooition and SellerSourcebook are listed alongside eBay's Sell Your Item and Turbo Lister listing tools under "Listing Tools."
It's never easy to make a transition to another tool, but those who have to make the transition may be wise to consider a tool that supports multiple channels and offers reporting capabilities.
EcommerceBytes has charts where you can leave ratings and reviews for selling tools and can read how others have rated them. This is the chart for Inventory Management and Listing Tools.
If you have questions about the transition or wish to offer your colleagues advice on the tools you use, please do!