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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Tue Aug 30 2016 08:01:42

Get Ready for eBay Fall Seller Release Today

By: Ina Steiner

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Sellers will have to deal with more changes as eBay prepares to announce its Fall Seller Release today. There aren't too many surprises - eBay already announced a ban on active content, a move to the new Seller Hub for listing, a move toward Structured Data, for example. Today, it will provide more information about what sellers must do and when. 

There are no changes to fees*, and eBay is relaxing its Seller Performance Standards by giving sellers who fall below standard 3 months to get back up to above standard.

*eBay did make a change to the optional Reserve Price fee for auction format listings, see the AuctionBytes Blog for details.

One thing that may be disruptive to many sellers - eBay is retiring its tools next year, including Turbo Lister and Selling Manger - and sellers using third-party tools will have to determine whether they'll need to make any changes.

eBay is working to take its site out of the 1990s with a catalog approach and ban on active content. It will begin allowing sellers to use Amazon ASINs and Google product identifiers.

Another big move: it will allow sellers to upload their catalog, and it will create its own unique product identifiers called ePIDs - an aid to sellers with their own branded products.

However, eBay risks making its site difficult to differentiate from other sites and taking away what makes eBay unique and quirky.

eBay will also making it easier for sellers to offer replacements and exchanges for sellers who wish to return an item, which could be less costly than issuing a refund (which will also remain an option). And with the fall seller release comes the expected changes to category structure.

eBay UK will also announce similar changes, and it's also introducing a new delivery service through Shutl, an eBay company that provides delivery services to customers through its network of partners and service providers. 

See today's Newsflash article for more details (available now).




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by: ignatz This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 08:31:52 2016

ASINs?  Surprising that Amazon doesn't have those patented, trademarked, and copyrighted.  Or did ebay make a "great deal" with Amazon to use them, for only 500,000,000 dollars a year?

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by: Barbbie This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 09:11:43 2016

Jet also lets you use ASIN's as well. As far as I am concerned, an ASIN is generally not that accurate and can be changed to an entirely different item at the will of the lister, so a terrible idea to me.
However, it allows those mega sellers who have massive catalogs on Amazon keep them straight in other places with their auto listers, sync and repricers... It will help ebay in the "race to the bottom" as they call it - where the repricer marks all the prices down a penny at a time until the only ones making money are the Chinese.  I will not be using an ASIN unless it is my ASIN only.

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by: Vigilant Eye On eBay This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 09:17:36 2016

After 17+ years, really really glad that I dumped eBay (for both buying and selling purposes) in May.  Retiring Turbo Lister along with Selling Manager and forcing sellers to use another (potentially) troublesome innovation (Seller's Hub) goes right along there with the laundry list of stupid moves that the company has made since Meg Whitman's departure.  Given the constant site issues (for buyers and sellers alike), I wish them the best of luck, because they are really going to need it.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Tue Aug 30 09:29:37 2016

Ina writes: "eBay risks making its site difficult to differentiate from other sites and taking away what makes eBay unique and quirky."

eBay abandoned what made them successful to become another company with "Great Mall of China" offerings.

Something tells me that they would love to be acquired by Amazon.

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by: FREDDY This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 09:35:18 2016

Seems like ebay is trying harder to fail completely.
Must be some kind of new thinking in the business world.

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by: blaumann2 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 09:42:51 2016

Requiring product identifiers in Toys & Hobbies will be a disaster. Many older toys and toy publications have no identifiers.  

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 09:45:51 2016

Horrible idea, pids suck and noone even searches for those numbers and Pids and numbers are difficult for collectables.

How come their site breaking updates never include fixes to search.



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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Aug 30 09:46:53 2016

I'm sure ebay will be more then willing to sell it's sellers numbers if needed.

Whatever they want to do, BRING IT ON!

I can change and adapt to anything ebay can think of. . .


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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Aug 30 10:25:39 2016

@ mcposty

Why do you think ebay search is broken (today)?

What are you looking for?

I like to play "search ebay" I think I'm pretty good at finding things on my favorite website.

Do you need a 5x rivet gun?

Anyone who needs one shouldn't have a problem finding one on ebay.

Need a Dotco Rivet Shaver?

They're pretty easy to find on ebay.

Now if you're looking to buy a pair of red tennis shoes you might have to wade thru a few listings to find what you want. . .

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Tue Aug 30 10:31:44 2016

Ina writes: "eBay is working to take its site out of the 1990s...."

I think there's a lot of people who would love eBay to go back to the eBay of the 1990s, or at least the early 2000s.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Aug 30 10:36:36 2016

@ iheartjacksparrow

I want to go back to the 70's when life was easy.

Happy Days
Monk & Mindy
& .99 gasoline

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Tue Aug 30 10:44:09 2016

iheartjacksparrow, they seem to run full speed away from what once made them unique, successful and loved.

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by: dr shock This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 10:52:32 2016

Has eBay explained how we're suppose to add product identifiers for vintage toys in the Toy & Hobbies section?
If I'm selling a 1930's tin wind- up there is no UPC or product identifier.
Is eBay going to assign eBay identifiers to the millions of toys made before the 1970's?
Or are they just going to abandon the vintage market?

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by: val2525 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 10:54:49 2016

Gee. All those changes and STILL NO DECENT REPORTS.  I need data I can use, eBay - like decent traffic reports.  The ones you give us now are totally useless.  

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by: Scotty This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 10:55:06 2016

How can you load a product identifier if it does not have one?  Many vintage products do not have this....i.e books, records, magazines, furniture, ceramics, etc and the list goes on.  Are they going to eliminate products without this identifier?  This will kill half the sellers on eBay.  This is a serious question that needs to be answered.

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by: aim04744 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 11:04:30 2016

Sounds like they are abandoning every market, except for what is mass produced in China and has PIN.  

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by: Randy This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 11:22:22 2016

I could care less! I'm going back to work after 12 years of being mostly self employed and plan to only list on Amazon and a few other smaller sites. I may run an auction  (or two) but for now eBay is dead and is just a major waste of time!

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by: munson68 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 11:29:32 2016

Having over 13,000 items in turbo lister inventory I'll be done if they remove it. Might be the nudge I need to move onto something else.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: WOODJUNGLE! ON EBAY

Tue Aug 30 11:39:21 2016

It's all pointless if there is no traffic...

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by: dans parts This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 30 12:07:17 2016

@munson

You might find 3rd party listing services/tools that can import your TurboLister listins.  Would be worth checking out before chucking everything.  (I've got 23,000 listings saved in a 3rd party lister).

I had a problem a few weeks ago with eBay not accepting (through their API from 3rd party) a whole bunch of listings that had run before. Since nothing had changed in those saved listings, I was able to narrow it down to the part number listed as MPN in the listing form.  Seems as if eBay would not accept my 1930's GM part (and original, correct part number for that part), when an aftermarket supplier used the same part number for their 2002-2007 emergency brake cable for a Chrysler.  Guess which one is in eBay's "catalog"?

I do have to say that I think that glitch has been corrected, as I listed those same saved auctions again the other day, and this time there was no problem with the numbers.  Of course, I don't know if my 3rd party used a work-around the API, or if (wonder of wonders), eBay actually fixed a bug!

I can see this problem cropping up in other categories, and would be an incredibly major headache for lots and lots of Sellers.

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