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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Thu Mar 1 2018 11:38:02

eBay Launches New Shop with Dollar Store Vibe

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay has long eschewed its reputation as a flea market, so it may seem strange to see its new "dollar store" marketing tactic. Today it launched a shop called "Under $10," calling it a new destination offering a wide variety of $10 and under items in hundreds of categories with free shipping, no bidding required.

Remarkably, it comes the same week it launched its Spring Seller Update in which it announced new policies pressuring sellers to offer free returns and fast and free shipping options.

eBay also announced this week more details about its plans to move to a product-based shopping experience, which rewards low pricing.

The pressure on margins has never been greater for sellers on eBay. Let us know what you think of eBay's new Under $10 shopping destination and what message it sends to buyers.



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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Mar 1 12:07:21 2018

Why don't they just call it the yuan store?

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 1 12:20:44 2018

Chinese are going to LOVE IT

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Thu Mar 1 12:24:18 2018

If I recall correctly, a while back eBay was pushing sellers to list more expensive items. Now they are advocating under $10 merchandise. eBay is seriously having some sort of identity crisis. They don't want to be Amazon, they want to be Amazon. They don't cheap items, they want cheap items. It seems like every day they have a new path they want to take.

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by: Michael in BC This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 1 12:24:42 2018

Rexford is absolutely right.  Everything for sale will be Asian import rubbish - pot metal bendable screwdrivers, plastic junk mini-toys, and those little flashlights that don't work.  A buyer can get this stuff in limitless quantities at garage sales, flea markets and local dollar stores, where they can see the (lack of) quality.  Why on earth would a buyer gamble by buying this garbage on eBay ?

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 1 12:54:29 2018

I though they already had a dollar store called EBAY.com


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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 1 12:57:00 2018

wait, does this mean Ebay will move all the cheap fake chinese items to the under 10$ store away from ebay? that would be a bold and awesome move.



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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Mar 1 13:10:56 2018

I think it is a fabulous idea.  With the exception of the fact it will probably get overran with Asian sellers.  Solve that issue and I think this is a very good idea.

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by: futervest This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 1 13:11:42 2018

eBay just put a VERY large portion of its sellers out of business, Because their own adds will take, They also eliminated the 50 free listings/month and now want you to buy a store, Why when they're just going to put you out of business anyway.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Mar 1 13:16:22 2018

@futervest
How does launching the Dollar Store put you out of business?

I respect that the changes Ebay made in adding the new store level can be unexpected and concerning, but if you can't afford to spend $5 on a store per month, then your little business was not helping your income level in the first place.

With that $5 you get double the listings you got before with no additional charge and you get some of the benefits of having a store that are also valuable.  The ability to put your listings on vacation hold or run a special sale are great benefits too.

I hope your little business does not go under and I further hope you have great success.

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 1 13:55:57 2018

I just don't get it, it seems to be filled with all the same items as regular ebay ?

what's the difference ?

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 1 14:01:21 2018

great deal from ebay/china, not tested on animals, only tested on ebay buyers

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Purifying-Black-Peel-off-Charcoal-Mas
k-Facial-Cleansing-Blackhead-Remover-Trendy/222796613190?epid=17010219772&hash=item33dfb68646:g:ltkAAOSw38BaXAZL

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Mar 1 14:24:45 2018

@maxmad

Everything is under $10.  It however does not appear that all categories are represented or at least not yet.

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This user has validated their user name. by: FidoMaster

Thu Mar 1 14:30:11 2018

It appears nothing more than a landing page linking to "regular" ol' eBay with items simply filtered <$10.

Am I missing something?  Otherwise, color me unimpressed.

All those cheap import items certainly resonate the message Wenig sent at the annual Goldman Sachs tech conference - eBay is the largest exporter of Chinese goods worldwide.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Mar 1 14:49:52 2018

iheartjacksparrow says "eBay is seriously having some sort of identity crisis."

Truer words were never spoken.  And this identity crisis has been going on for years.  eBay have dissociative identity disorder.  Send them a case of sertraline.

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by: b86fiero This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 1 15:42:34 2018

It appears eBay has entered another psychotic, manic stage where the hits to sellers are coming fast and furious.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Thu Mar 1 16:52:46 2018

"if you can't afford to spend $5 on a store per month"
You say spend, I say flush.  Smart businesspeople don't waste money on things that don't deliver value.  eBay's TOS doesn't even guarantee visibility!  No, really, the most basic promise that a relationship with any venue should deliver and they punt on it.  It's gambling....and a lottery ticket has more upside for a $5 investment.

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 1 17:06:44 2018

Reading between the lines...they've stopped chasing Amazon.
The 99 Cent Store and 5 Below are the new targets.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Mar 1 19:16:01 2018

@rktoys

Great, then of course this is something you would not want to do.  But because it would not work for you does not mean it won't work for others.  The poster that I was responding to felt that the fee would cause them to go bankrupt.  I was addressing their comment.  And what I said was true.  As to whether it is something you may want to take advantage of is a completely different question / concern.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Mar 1 19:18:16 2018

@ebayout

I don't think you would get anyone here to agree with that.  Especially in light of the Spring Seller Update just released yesterday.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Thu Mar 1 20:00:31 2018

@Marie - You fell into the sar chasm.

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