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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed June 21 2017 15:34:52

eBay Offers Price Match Guarantee for 900 Sellers

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is offering a price-match guarantee for 50,000 items from 900 sellers. These are not regular marketplace listings - they're "deals" entered into on an exclusive basis with eBay for sellers who are able to offer a large quantity of items at steep discounts with free shipping. (Read commodities, not unique or collectible goods.)

eBay heavily promotes the deals on its website and through its email marketing campaigns, above regular marketplace listings.

Here are the requirements of the new Price Match Guarantee:

- New: One of the over 50,000 new items available daily in eBay Deals

- Identical and Available: Both items must be exactly the same and currently in stock

- Competitors: Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Jet.com, HomeDepot.com, Sears.com, Target.com, Walmart.com or Wayfair.com.

- Good Deals Everyday - No Membership Required

Remember what happened when Walmart tried to offer a price guarantee on Amazon items in 2014? It included items from third-party merchants, so sellers listed ridiculously low-priced goods on Amazon, price-matched them on Walmart, then cancelled their Amazon listings! We wrote about it at the time ("This new Wal-Mart policy sure bit them hard yesterday. A third party seller listed tons of XBox Ones for under a hundred dollars. People were flocking to Walmart for the price matches").

eBay isn't falling into that trap. In its FAQs, it writes:

Which competitors does the eBay Deals Price Match Guarantee apply to?
Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Walmart.com, HomeDepot.com, Target.com, Sears.com, Wayfair.com, Jet.com (“Competitor”), but excluding any third party marketplaces including those associated with the stores listed above. This list is subject to change by eBay.

What message does eBay's price-match guarantee send to shoppers, and how will it impact sellers?




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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jun 21 16:12:08 2017

We have found that Ebays deals really aren't anything to write home for. Mostly if you do your searches you can find anything cheaper than those ebay deals are.

We won't even be bother with whatever it is ebay is pushing as mostly we don't even need it. It might be worth it is they had deals on everyday things like paper towels or toilet paper. Other than
that we will take a pass.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Wed Jun 21 16:34:32 2017

Walmart Price Match Guarantee

My local Walmart has a sign at the register that says: This store will no longer have Price Match Guarantee starting June 1st 2017

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jun 21 16:52:52 2017

God Bless Walmart. We love there free shipping. Prices beat both Amazon and or Ebay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: eXtinctBay

Wed Jun 21 18:04:47 2017

.....This list (of competitors)
is subject to change by eBay.....

Oh, you bet it will. Since eBay does not warehouse or ship the items themselves, the sites who do personally stock the merchandise will lowball them out of business.

Only way this will work for eBay is if they are using the manufacturers to ship directly to the consumer, with no middleman. And they will need to have an optimal fee structure as well.

Then there is also the 180 day PayPal return policy the sellers will have to worry about. You do have to hand it to eBay, though, to at least attempt to enter the lowest-price commodities arena.

But will this help or hurt the small sellers who do not offer everyday consumables (like most of us who post on ECB)? This is a great question!!

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by: Christopher Maxey This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jun 21 19:09:33 2017

There is no value in this.  If they allowed price match for something already purchased maybe.  But how many people are going to go to the trouble to price elsewhere then contact ebay for a "price match" and "verification" before purchasing only to receive a coupon that expires in 24 hours for the difference rather than just matching the price. 99.9% of rational thinking people would just purchase the item from the cheaper site.  Not to mention this is only for their "deals" and not the common listings.

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

Wed Jun 21 19:11:48 2017

for those of critical of "political" posts:

If you don't understand that business and politics/politicians/policies are closely intertwined, you don't belong in business.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jun 21 19:47:06 2017

Some administrations are even more business intertwined than others, too.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Wed Jun 21 19:48:28 2017

@Ming

For once we agree!

Liberal Democrats are against American business!

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jun 21 19:57:34 2017

The merchants that were picked for this promotion are part of eBay's "beloveds" - the ones I speak about all the time.

That core of about 1500 "major players" are what keeps eBay afloat.

I don't buy "retail" (except for groceries) so I have no idea if any of the items are worth it.

My point being - that when people say that eBay is going out of business - no they aren't - it's these vendors that insure that eBay doesn't have to rely on their "small sellers "

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

Wed Jun 21 22:00:53 2017

@ Tool

No, we do NOT agree. On politics or anything else I can think of offhand.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Wed Jun 21 22:08:22 2017

@Ming

Here in California the liberals have chased more business away then they've brought in.

Large workers comp, $15 an hour minimum wage, highest gasoline taxes in the country and not to mention some of the most expensive DMV registration & insurance rates in the US. Cost of doing business in California has many businesses leaving for Texas.

We're building a $100 billion dollar bullet train with the worst roads in the nation.

Thanks to liberal Jerry Brown. . .

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 22 06:46:09 2017

It's astounding, but not really surprising, that a 'venue' with no inventory or ownership  rights to such, is now DICTATING prices to apply to items that eBay's CUSTOMERS offer to eBay buyers.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Jun 22 07:49:12 2017

FeelingFroggy says "God Bless Walmart"

Seriously? Walmart?  Lord, what have we come to.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Jun 22 07:53:07 2017

Ming says "@ Tool

No, we do NOT agree. On politics or anything else I can think of offhand."

Yes, Ming is very intelligent with a keen business sense and a grip on reality.  Love Ming's humor too.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 22 09:25:02 2017

What does it say about HOW eBay feels about its other few million sellers?

Why are they left out in the cold?

Why cant THEY participate/get in on the action....?

I guess this is that "eBay doesnt hate small sellers" thing that the cheerleaders always try and bring up.

Was anyone here or do you know of anyone here that was approached to join this promotion???????????

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Thu Jun 22 10:04:09 2017

@pace306

I feel that my business partner eBay has my best interest at heart.

I make them money and they know it, I have product that sells and they know it.

We work well together. . .

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Thu Jun 22 10:34:52 2017

toolguy writes: "I make them money and they know it, I have product that sells and they know it."

Do you honestly believe they care about you? A small seller with a couple hundred listings of low-priced used aircraft tools?

They probably care about your buddies at Bidadoo who are generating hefty fees with their school buses and generators which sell for thousands.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Thu Jun 22 10:47:18 2017

@iheartjacksparrow

Yes, they do care.

I get that warm fuzzy feeling every time I talk to a CS rep.

I have to set the tone of the conversation but when I'm done I have them eating out of my hand ~ LOL

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Jun 22 11:40:33 2017

iheartjacksparrow says "Do you honestly believe they care about you?"

I literally laughed out loud when I saw this. Iheart, the executives actually have his photograph framed on their desks.  The growth playbook is orchestrated around his comments here.  :)

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Thu Jun 22 11:48:30 2017

I would love to see some of the eBay sites you readers have but most of you are EMBARRASSED to show your real eBay.

I have to say at least Pace306 showed himself and I can see what kind of seller he is.

I thought he was a big seller not a small one like many of us. I will say he has some GREAT items, in fact I would buy from him if he hadn't banned me. . .

It's EASY to talk big but when it comes to putting it on the table most of you run to the kitchen....

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