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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Thu Nov 19 2020 14:53:06

eBay Offers to Text Sellers News Alerts

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is offering sellers a new service that will alert them by text of news relating to the marketplace.

"We're introducing a new text alert that will enable you to receive eBay updates the moment they're announced. Our short text alerts will help you start using new eBay tools and features and take advantage of new promotional opportunities right away and optimize your business on eBay."

eBay provided information on how to get text alerts via mobile phones, noting that message and data rates may apply and linking to the terms and conditions.

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below - will you be signing up for alerts from eBay? What kind of alerts would be helpful?



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by: Shanna This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 16:16:22 2020

This is nice for all the great sellers they banned from their community boards and cannot see or read announcements there.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 16:54:07 2020

Can they text me a pic of the Walmart idiots? (I need as new dartboard pic)


Or maybe “the dogs of eBay”?

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 17:17:46 2020

oh hell no - I get enough useless emails already - can't even imagine my danged phone chirping of the hook while your trying to drive - since noting is selling anyway I don't need endless hours of useless texts clogging up my phone and battery

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

Thu Nov 19 17:36:08 2020

Not interested at all.

Completely irrelevant in the greater scheme of things, the less I hear from and about eBay, the better.

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by: postbuster This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 17:50:34 2020

It's a misdirection.

For years ebay wanted my phone number to 'verify' my account.
It's not necessary, and, they will only use it to mine data, and sell your number to all of the scam robo-calls.

Fix your management.
Fix your site.
Hire some grownups to run the company.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Nov 19 18:14:06 2020

Oh, a little data harvesting.  That would be the umbilical cord from hell. No thanks.

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by: OnlyPollyPocket This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 19:24:35 2020

Oh, good heavens, NO!  I get enough garbage email from them.

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by: I Must be Crazy This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 20:51:14 2020

Got the note. Hit delete.

There isn't anything that I need to know from eBay so much that it needs to be sent in a text. Messages on the platform works fine.

But hey, while they were busy setting up an unnecessary service, people still can't checkout through Managed Payments, listings can't be ended, and the shipping pages are still glitchy.

Way to keep your eye on the ball eBay.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 21:05:10 2020

If proven history and experience has any merit, anything eBay will have to report will be Significantly Not As Described.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Covid-20

Thu Nov 19 22:28:59 2020

God, this is GROUNDBREAKING!
How could ANY of you NOT appreciate this ???????
I personally need MORE ''important'' updates and offers each hour on the hour!!


Changes to the User Privacy Notice
How badly do you want ''''  ''''  ''''  ...?
Earn a $150 statement credit with an eBay Mastercard
Free monthly listings increased for most sellers
Time for a new watch? Let us help with that!
Updates to the eBay User Agreement
Extra 10% off coupon on Certified Refurbished
Selling helps you wrap more presents this year
Changes to the User Privacy Notice
Updates to the eBay User Agreement
How badly do you want ''''  ''''  ''''  ...?
Skip printing your eBay labels at home with QR codes
How does a $30 reward sound?
Sell your tech to fund your next upgrade
Start selling and make cash for holiday gifts
Keep listing to save up for the holidays
How badly do you want ''''  ''''  ''''  ...?
25 years of eBay? No way!
Updates to the eBay User Agreement
Finish summer with this special offer.
Changes to the User Privacy Notice
How badly do you want ''''  ''''  ''''  ...?
Updates to the eBay User Agreement

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by: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 22:45:02 2020

Another way to not have to admit their Community Team members have made it almost impossible for Sellers to access important information.  When they suddenly boot them from the discussion boards for criticizing Ebay for all of their non stop and unfixed Glitches Ebay has been opening itself up more and more to potential class action lawsuits for making it so much more difficult if not impossible for those that have been booted to learn about changes in the Ebay policies.

No way in heck are they going to get the opportunity to send me text messages all hours of the day and night in an attempt to cover themselves for their own stupidity.

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by: COVID-19 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 19 23:08:22 2020

eBay spams us daily with dozens of irrelevant emails already, just because we browse around and merely looked at some listings.  Not adding any to the Watch List, mind you, just looking at a listing is enough to trigger eBay to spam you on that item.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Nov 20 07:10:59 2020

Personally - I need eBay to txt me- to tell me when the wings at Walkers will be ready”.

Dude, I’m hungry.

Can I txt eBay back? “Hey, I have a problem with one of your ahole buyers, can some one please wake Griffin?”

“Hey eBay - where’s my listing??? I certainly pay you enough for my store to have it shown!”

I agree with all the posters above - the less heard from the San Jose idiots, the better!

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Nov 20 09:00:11 2020

The only text I need from eBay is: Cha Ching

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This user has validated their user name. by: unsuck
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Fri Nov 20 10:23:15 2020

Ebay didn't really clarify what's different about this newest text-alert scheme, and even the linked T&C page appears to be from last year. 🤔

Looks like a sad "relaunch" to spam more "recurring autodialed marketing messages".

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- "This is nice for all the great sellers they banned from their community boards and cannot see or read announcements there."

- "Another way to not have to admit their Community Team members have made it almost impossible for Sellers to access important information."

That eBay permabans paying seller-customers from their "community" boards is absolutely stupefying - it's a Wenig-legacy era thing that should be thrown out the door too.

There's a new CEO, and even a new community leadership team. If you're a seller who was banned from the community (and it ticks you off), now is a good time to do something about it.

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Related, Khoros' parent company Vista Equity Partners & it's CEO Robert Smith are under intense scrutiny for a host of alleged unethical and possibly illegal activities.

With the chronic issues eBay is having, now is also probably a pretty good time for EBAY to cut ties with Khoros and pursue another platform, it's not like there aren't dozen's of options for enterprise community solutions.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Fri Nov 20 19:53:49 2020

@Covid-20: Thank you for your great comedic post. Unfortunately, that's the same sort of stuff that lands in my inbox, but when read in a list I had to laugh. You did leave out:

= = = = (our picks for you)
= = = = See our recommendations!
= = = = This could interest you!
Make an offer for = = =  =!

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by: Paul W This user has validated their user name.

Mon Nov 23 01:38:35 2020

Yep, just text me at 555-GET-LOST.

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This user has validated their user name. by: cfrphoto

Mon Nov 23 01:42:04 2020

eBay has not been consistently sending subscribed emails. Why would this be any different. Advance notice of planned mandatory listing requirements like item specifics, sales tax changes or category changes are sometimes mentioned in emails from eBay but too late to be useful. Why send text messages in real time if they arrive after it is already too late to adapt or comply?

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Nov 23 04:01:38 2020

Irrelevant and a nuisance.

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by: Disgusted This user has validated their user name.

Mon Nov 23 11:22:45 2020

Fine print (very fine), we will sell all info including your phone number. That is hidden in the agreement,  even if you just open the site.

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