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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Tue Aug 1 2017 21:07:54

eBay Promoted Listings Still Weeks Away for Many Sellers

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay promised to make Promoted Listings available to sellers who list single-quantity items "in the near future" - that was back in February.

eBay has since eliminated Product Listing Ads that drove shoppers off of eBay (on May 1st) in favor of allowing its own sellers to advertise their eBay listings. But that's currently only possible for products with multiple quantities (generally commodity goods from larger sellers) - and last week, an eBay executive said it would be weeks before the ads become available for single-quantity listings.

eBay reduced the discount for Top Rated Plus listings from 20% to 10% on May 1st, promising to ease the pain by offering them a $30 credit each quarter that could be used toward Promoted Listings. But 3 months later, many are still unable to participate in the program - including sellers of antiques and one-of-a-kind goods.

Promoted Listings cost nothing unless the ad results in a sale, in which case eBay charges a percentage of the selling price that the seller specifies in advance - anywhere from 1% - 20% of their item's final sale price (excluding shipping & taxes).

There's no word on whether eBay will compensate Top Rated sellers who were unable to use the $30 credit due to the delayed rollout of single-quantity Promoted Listings - particularly those TRS sellers who have been paying more to list Top Rated Plus listings since May.




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

Tue Aug 1 21:16:44 2017

Lies, lies, and damn lies. An ebay speciality.

Secrets and more secrets. The other ebay speciality.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 1 21:58:37 2017

eBay is way too busy spending their 'windfall' lamely trying to convince buyers their lives lack a technicolor element to dip into their coffers so to make good on any temporally related 'promise' in line with this subject.

It will be 'weeks' at the very least - say about a minimum of 20 or so more from now (read 1Q '18).  

Shares before sharing don'tcha know.

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This user has validated their user name. by: eXtinctBay

Tue Aug 1 22:21:40 2017

So they take away half the TRS discount reward so we can have promoted listings (dare I say it again- that eBay collects a higher percentage of fees on than ''normal'' listings).

All so we can have $30 in credit for this so-called upgrade. Which, probably for most top-rated sellers,  is not equal to the amount of money lost when the discount was cut in half.

So nothing was gained here, except more (much needed) funds in eBays bank account.

What they probably have planned is to reimburse sellers when the single promoted listings are rolled out. Not with cash, but more promoted listings credits. Hooray.

I am not planning on using them anyway, but it has to irk all of us who have earned TRS status that something we are paying for, in a sense, we cannot use if needed.

Frankly, it is a slap in the face to those of us that have worked hard and jumped through their hoops for. I would assume that I speak for all of us here.

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 2 00:20:24 2017

They don't work anyways. It's just another way to show Chinese and big box store stuff.

I got zero sales from using it.

EBay is just horrible at being a marketer and partner for their sellers.

Stay clear

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 2 05:35:56 2017

i still don't know where promoted ads are shown.  Are they only shown on Ebay's site or Google's site or across the internet?  I'm on Tradesy and often see my items promoted (advertised) across the internet and even in Google shopping.
If they're shown across the internet, then I say OK, it's worth it.  But if it's just on Ebay's site, then it's a waste of money.
Besides, Ebay has had so many glitches (see downdetector.com) that it doesn't matter.

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by: DingDong This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 2 06:26:26 2017

WHO CARES!

Get rid of the rolling black outs and
the "Can't see Me" searches and
sellers will be able to sell more products and thus making eBay more money.  

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

Wed Aug 2 06:27:42 2017

Thank heavens my unique product promotes itself....through the grapevine.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 2 06:39:01 2017

@the End you're right.  If we sellers sold items that were "unique" or hard to find, we would have sales.  The chinese can't sell Educational learning systems, for example, only WE can.  Sellers should sell those Made in USA products that are unique to the USA and not everyday items like batteries that the Chinese can make for 1c.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Aug 2 07:06:00 2017

Chicago48 says "The chinese can't sell Educational learning systems, for example, only WE can."

Ha! I guess you haven't figured out that the Chinese can copy and reverse engineer anything.  And even eBay, in their infinite wisdom, have in the past, provided them with the data to tell them exactly what to copy.

eBay simply needs search that works and search that doesn't steer buyers whom eBay favors, and to items that the buyer is not searching for.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 2 07:20:42 2017

It's official:  My amazon sales amount equal my ebay sales.  I've shipped everyday this week for Amazon, only one item for Ebay.
@Rexford - the Chinese haven't figured out how to duplicate board games.

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 2 10:47:50 2017

If anyone at Fleecebay ever told the truth they would need a hospital bed and oxygen for the heart attack they would be having a heart attack.

They have told so many lies they no longer have a clue to what the truth it. Something like the democruds in Washington,

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Aug 2 11:11:52 2017

Chicago48 says @Rexford - the Chinese haven't figured out how to duplicate board games.

Chicago48, perhaps that is because no one born after the year 1985 is actually playing board games.  Stop by a GameStop and you will see why.

But a simple Google search using the search string "fake Chinese board games" or similar will show you that they actually do.

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by: Toledo Maude This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 2 11:23:42 2017

For most of us small eBay sellers, we have two goals.  One, is to sell our items at a sufficiently high margin that we pay the bills and have some money left over.

The second goal is to pay eBay as little as possible to keep eBay from gorging on our profits.

In the early eBay years, a seller could ''jazz up'' a listing with a number of option that made little money for the seller and big profits eBay.

In 2017, I see no point in jumping on eBay's ''promoted listings'' bandwagon ''free'' or not.  The 20 bucks a month that I pay for a basic store is fairly reasonable and gives me a reasonable chance of selling a low level of items.  

Ebay's crack staff of MBA's never intend for me (or any small seller) to make a living wage on eBay, just enough to keep us coming back month after disappointing month.

Ebay keep your stinking free boxes, TRS bonus, and promoted listings.  

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 2 12:33:52 2017

Ebay is like the big white shark and the little fishes that follow it around. The big dealers ( diamonds ) are the sharks and the little carrot jumpers and the rest of the sellers have to settle for the scraps left over.

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This user has validated their user name. by: weber796
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Wed Aug 2 22:43:41 2017

AS ALWAYS THEY ARE FULL OF SHIT. BEWARE SELLERS. THEY WILL DROP YOU LIKE A HOT POTATO WITH SOME NEW GIMMICK THEY INVENT.

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by: eBay Shill Buster This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 2 23:00:05 2017

Promoted listings are a scam that has ruined any integrity eBay might have had left, which is very little to begin with, sellers should not support this crude move by eBay executives at all, first of all eBay does not have the inventory they like to tell sellers they have, so promoted listings are simply a scheme to extract more money from sellers who are already paying for underperforming stores, paying to list items, paying final value fees and FV fees on shipping, if this is not enough for eBay, they can go under.

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This user has validated their user name. by: blueribbon1844

Thu Aug 3 08:11:58 2017

@ming I couldn't agree more. all Lies. I did 2 promoted campaigns with over 20 items being promoted at Ebays suggested percentage.. Over a month and the results are in... 2 SALES!!! whoohoo. What a joke.

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by: JQ This user has validated their user name.

Sat Aug 5 17:36:18 2017

Just and FYI,

Eight months ago when I spoke with a CS supervisor at eBay and he pitched this program I explained that more than 95% of my inventory was made up of unique single items. He immediately told me that that was too bad as promoted listings would never be helpful to me in that case. Instead he tried to talk me into entirely changing how I sold on eBay. Along the lines of "Have you ever considered buying bulk at a discount and selling individually?" Seriously. If he had been in front of me instead of on the phone I might have been able to stop myself from slapping him.
Yep, I have found eBay a great "partner" in selling over the last few years.  



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