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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Thu Dec 3 2015 21:02:46

eBay Provides Tools Exclusively to Chinese Sellers

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay entered into a new deal to help Chinese manufacturers export products into North America and Europe, its latest initiative that results in increased competition for domestic sellers. We've got the details in tomorrow (Friday)'s newsletter (available now here). In this post, we take a look at some other ways eBay is helping Chinese sellers compete with sellers in the US and elsewhere. 

We noted last year that eBay was helping Chinese manufacturers export goods by opening local warehouses in key markets to speed shipping times to the US.

We also wrote about an article in the Atlantic last year about another way eBay's activities in China is making it difficult for sellers elsewhere: eBay feeds Chinese manufacturers data about what people are searching for on eBay.com.

Devin Wenig, who was head of eBay Marketplaces at the time and is now eBay's chief executive officer, told the Atlantic, "We have a really big China export business to Europe and the United States. And they respond very, very quickly to consumer taste, whatever it might be. It's really remarkable to see how quickly the manufacturing base adapts to the demand signals they get."

The magazine explained that's why there is a huge "new vintage" manufacturing sector built around buyers' online searches, and the publication showed an image of an authentic 1960s Pan Am tote bag alongside a new "vintage style" counterpart, both available for sale on eBay.

Sellers in the US may well ask why eBay isn't providing them with data about US search terms so they can list items that shoppers are looking for - including authentic vintage items. Is that such a radical idea?




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This user has validated their user name. by: FEEbay

Thu Dec 3 21:15:27 2015

who cares?? If you have have a Plan B, why care??
Ebay is the abusive husband, and we are all abused and battered wives at this point

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Thu Dec 3 21:47:18 2015

Treason.

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by: gramophone-georg This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 3 22:07:34 2015

Can anyone seriously be surprised after reading that Atlantic article and then watching eBay elevate Wenig to CEO?

He talks a really great game about valuing sellers, but, like everything eBay, what he says means nothing and what he DOES means everything.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 3 22:25:50 2015

Wenig did say his plan was to "connect" to sellers - we justr assumed it would be the US based ones that his pal JD had been screwing for the past 7 years.

Guess we got it wrong - 'cause you know that more Chinese garbage is EXACTLY what eBay needs.

THIS is how Wenig pads/creates HIS $23 million, from the Chinese.

eBay should be ashamed of themselves.

At least thank GOD eBay wont be at CES again this year. Best off let the big boys who know what ecommerce is be there.

http://ces16.mapyourshow.com/7_0/alphalist.cfm?alpha=ER>
Thats
the list of exhibitors starting with E - eBay isnt there!

Side note - if you search in the exhibitors list by putting eBay in the search box, THIS comes up:

Shenzhen Yuanxingfa Technology Co., Ltd.

Who are they?  

Yuanxingfa Technology. is a manufacturer of the most popular consumer electronics with well-equipped testing equipment and strong technical force. As a long term credible supplier for a lot of top sellers on eBay and Amazon, we also provide good quality consumer electronics for physical stores.

Just abit of leg work shows you whom eBay is in bed with ... they dont even hide it anymore!

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by: Bloggo This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 3 22:40:37 2015

Ebay execs must be getting some serious $$$ from the Chinese for doing this.

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This user has validated their user name. by: eXtinctBay

Fri Dec 4 00:06:18 2015

New corporate name....commieBay.

Is this the first step towards the sale to Baba???

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Dec 4 07:06:41 2015

Ok, we can all now see Wenig for who and what he is. If there were doubts, this should rid you of them.  I was one who was giving him the benefit of the doubt. Always look at what they do and not what they say they will do, and always follow the money.

Reconnecting with small sellers? How could he even say that with a straight face?

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 4 08:46:07 2015

The ONLY thing that makes china competitive on ebay is their e-packet scam they have with the post office.

I can only hope, someone in government wakes up, to see that China is now the worlds second largest economy,  why are we still paying for their shipping, this is an outright DISGRACE, a true slap in the face to all taxpayers.

I mean seriously, what in the hell is going on here?

I also hope ebay is properly taxed on this, sounds fishy.



 

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by: JQ This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 4 10:23:08 2015

The only surprising part about eBay focusing their efforts on finding more ways to give Chinese sellers advantages over US based sellers is that the story was covered by an important news outlet.

Thank you Ina. I learn much more about what is going on in the world of ecommerce from this site than I learn from all other news reporting sites combined.

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 4 11:51:29 2015

Proof right there that ebay lies when it says all sellers are treated equal. This is enough proof to sue them for false claims to get our busibess and our money.

They shot themselves in the foot.

Lawyer up people

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by: Eric Saeger This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 4 12:11:13 2015

Someone needs to start compiling reports of this Chinese-exported trash arriving at the homes of US buyers in nowhere near the right size, being made of cheap/dangerous materials, manufactured as counterfeit with no copyright-owner licenses whatsoever, and all that stuff, then find a major news team that will break the story.

Problem is, I really don't think a big US news organization would be allowed to do a piece on this. The Telegraph in the UK would, of course. There's something sinister going on, probably something to do with our financial debt to the Chinese.

But in the meantime, innocent sellers and buyers are hurt. I literally cannot express how much this unethical, immoral and illegal BS pisses me off.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Dec 4 13:05:09 2015

The chinese only have an advantage if you;re selling chinese products.

I consider the chinese as NO competition.

Real aircraft mechanics want quality made tools. . .Not chinese junk!

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 4 13:35:19 2015

I;m sure Toolguy will come around and post how wonderful this will be for him.

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by: wasteland-mechanic This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 4 13:53:15 2015

Thank god none of the items I sell are available in cheap Chinese knock-off form. My sales are still dead regardless so I guess it really doesn't matter. I spend most of my time these days preparing for life after feebay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Beanie

Fri Dec 4 13:59:05 2015

Sickening. Chinese garbage is right. I foolishly bought a microscope light so I could do detailed work, but it shorted out and almost caught fire. Thank goodness I was home and using it at the time. Which brings to mind the recent fires with these rolling hoverboards. You KNOW these have to be cheap Chinese knockoffs. It is no telling how many things have caused severe injury and death from the crap they crank out, don't test and throw together at warp speed. Yea Wingnut, keep wooing these Chinese sellers to bring in substandard junk to the US and everywhere else. You are ANTI-AMERICAN.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Fri Dec 4 14:44:33 2015

Devin  Wenig must see this unholy alliance with Chinese manufacturers as the only way to save ebafia.

He's wrong. As his short sightedness forces more sellers to flee ebafia, these sellers will take still more buyers with them and ebafia's slide into ecommerce oblivion will continue.

Wenig is The Ho squared.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Dec 4 15:11:03 2015

Ming says "Wenig is The Ho squared".

True fact!

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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Fri Dec 4 19:05:53 2015

I hope Ina will do a survey asking sellers if they feel eBay is intentionally throttling US listings in favor of Chinese sellers. It could be done using multiple choice answers and/or percentages. No need to participate Toolguy.

I have sold or tried to sell over the years authentic items that became devalued due to the flooding of cheap Chinese knockoffs. Vintage Murano glass, rare parure Hobe, Haskell, watches..ALL categories are being targeted with unique items turning into mass. US sellers have to keep relisting their authentic and/or rare items over and over hoping eBay will show their listings. Those items over time develop a stigma and the Chinese crapola becomes king. Continuing on with this trend, EVERYTHING will become worthless. Many other sites and even b&m look on eBay to see what something is worth. Add in the USPS e-packets and this race to the bottom WILL destroy the US economy.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: LDS Brother

Fri Dec 4 19:45:24 2015

See it what for what it is becoming !

CHEE-BAY

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This user has validated their user name. by: Shop and Ship

Fri Dec 4 23:34:33 2015

So it's true that the next eBay Seller Update includes changing "Member" to "Comrade"? That certainly helps explain eBay's *Seller Protection Program which equates with "What was yours is now mine".  

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