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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Mon Feb 3 2020 21:42:48

eBay Announces Final Demise of Turbo Lister Selling Tool

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is ending support for Turbo Lister in July. Sellers used the simple, desktop tool to list and manage their listings offline - particularly helpful for those with slow Internet connections.

"I still use TL for almost all of my new listings," one reader told EcommerceBytes. He said the reasons he relies on Turbo Lister is because it retains old listings that can be reused, and it retains draft versions of new listings. "eBay cannot seem to get a handle on draft retention. Now you see it - Now you don't! - and they have no idea where it went," he said.

Another reader told EcommerceBytes he was skeptical about eBay's promise to develop a new solution that would offer the same features as Turbo Lister as well as the ability to manage and edit listings offline.

And in a forum thread titled, "No more TurboLister come July. I am not happy," the original poster said they were skeptical eBay would make Turbo Lister's replacement tool available at no charge.

eBay had announced it was ending support for Turbo Lister in 2017, but it promised to keep the tool going until it could add its functionality to Seller Hub. In Monday's email to sellers, it said it was still working on a replacement (eBay elected not to post an announcement on the Seller Announcement board):

Starting July 2020, we will stop supporting Turbo Lister. Downloads of the Turbo Lister listing tool in the US have not been available since 2017.

Because many eBay sellers continue to rely on Turbo Lister to list items quickly and easily, we want to give you plenty of time to transition to other listing options. We've already integrated many popular Turbo Lister features in Seller Hub to support you during the change.

We're committed to providing you with the best tools and functionality possible, and we're working diligently to develop a solution that will enable you to continue to list on eBay with maximum ease and efficiency. The new solution will offer many of the same popular Turbo Lister features and functionality, including the ability to manage and edit listings offline. We'll let you know when it is available.

In the meantime, many Turbo Lister features are available in Seller Hub at no cost. You can bulk list, edit, and manage your listings from the Active Listings tab. You also have the option of using other eBay bulk listing tools such as File Exchange. Learn more.

We appreciate your business.
Thank you for selling on eBay.

Sellers discussed today's news about the demise of TurboLister in several discussion board threads, including the following:

"TurboLister is Retiring July 2020" - link to eBay discussion board thread

"After 20 years on eBay I will be forced to leave because of the ending of Turbo Lister this year" - link to eBay discussion board thread



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by: thievesBay This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 4 00:58:43 2020

"We're committed to providing you with the best tools and functionality possible, and we're working diligently to develop a solution that will enable you to continue to list on eBay with maximum ease and efficiency."

Priceless comedy there. Who do they think they're fooling with this nonsense? eBay does nothing but take away tools, take away functionality, make listing more difficult and time consuming, while sales continue to decline and they keep taking more of any profit to be had, which isn't much because eBay keeps driving prices down because of lack of sales. This company is a total joke and it's getting worse by day. Becoming irrelevant if not already.

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by: shut1968 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 4 01:22:27 2020

We just use Inkfrog

Haven't used turbo Lister for a decade now

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by: abfab This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 4 09:15:08 2020

well, ebay has practically destroyed my Auction Wizard 2000 program with their 10/15/19 Item Specifics garbage dump debacle. still trying to get their developers to clean it up. my program worked flawlessly from 2001 up until 10/15/19. so whatever new listing program ebay comes up with whether free or paid will fail. there is no QA or testing...just put it out there untested to show they are working on something... garbage in, garbage out.

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by: Shanna This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 4 09:54:21 2020

Three years! How difficult could it be to come up with a replacement for TL? This is eBay in a nutshell, incompetent leadership, incompetent IT staff.

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This user has validated their user name. by: NoMoreEbay

Tue Feb 4 10:25:15 2020

If their outsourced IT dept ever combines enough brain cells to come up with a replacement (3 years and counting), you can bet there will be a charge and the program will be untested crap.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Tue Feb 4 10:47:42 2020

From the email: "In the meantime, many Turbo Lister features are available in Seller Hub at NO COST (emphasis added)."

And there you have your confirmation that once their new new tool is up and running there will be a cost if you want to use it.

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

Tue Feb 4 11:28:54 2020

Just a matter of time before eBay announces it's own demise now unless the incompetent Board of Directors is dismissed...

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by: gutspiller This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 4 12:52:22 2020

There's an easy fix.

Set up your own website. Nowadays almost all shopping carts can be integrated with Ebay, Amazon,... Meaning you first list in on your website and then on Ebay/Amazon.

If you sell the item on your website your Ebaylisting will be ended. If you sell it on Ebay your stock will be updated on your website.

Your Ebay orders will be imported on your website. Meaning you also have your customers email address. Meaning you can communicate outside of Ebay and offer them a discount if they buy something else on your website.

Offer free shipping on Ebay but price + shipping on your website. Your prices will look cheaper, and will effecively be a lot cheaper if people buy multiple items.

Put a card with discount code with your Ebay orders and try to promote your own website on every possible way (change your Ebayname to reflect your website address).

Your ultimate goal... Drive traffic to your website so that you no longer need Ebay/Amazon. And the day you no longer need them? Drop them as a brick. The only thing they do is treath their sellers as a piece of garbage.

If just all sellers would launch their own site. Focus on SEO to drive traffic through google and stop selling on any marketplace it would be the end of them. They only care about your money, not about you. If they need to throw you under the bus for one reason or another they won't even blink when doing it.

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 4 14:16:42 2020

I had a website for 15 years - it did just ok. My host/provider never kept up with things like I could only list 1 picture - he refused to put paypal button on things like that so I simply dumped it. Devoted myself to ebay (yes one more time)

Then came the "we lost all your pictures" thing so I reopened on Big Commerce. I looked at it like storage at first. The more I used it the better it got. Just the pressure of not having eBay tell me how to run my business was a blessing.

Is B/C perfect? just in case you want to tell me about all their glitches - no it's not perfect BUT they have 24 hour support and if I do have a glitch it's generally addressed right away and fixed. For me at $30 a month it's a keeper AND I'm actually generating sales - Bonus.

I manually control my own inventory (control freak) and they have an out of stock category that will retain the items forever - that's a big plus for me because sometimes I can't find thing for weeks where they would disappear on eBay.

I have always sent a business card in each ebay package. Sometimes they come sometimes not. Many go right back to ebay again and again. They generally pay $5-$10 more on ebay for the exact item but don't seem to care. I don't either. I don't care where I sell it - just sell it.

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This user has validated their user name. by: NoMoreEbay

Tue Feb 4 15:58:59 2020

Off-Topic

Just saw this on Barron's. ebay stock is up $3.

"eBay’s Stock Is Rising on a Report That Intercontinental Exchange Made a Bid to Buy the Site"

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

Tue Feb 4 16:31:19 2020

NoMoreEbay, most likely Wenig and Temkin are both on the take here as they are from the financial industry on this take over bid.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 4 18:49:44 2020

eBay is the Enron of ecommerce, period.

It owns no inventory (unlike Amazon), it has no stores (unlike Walmart), it owns no planes, trucks or warehouses - so where is the value?

eBay (at best) is worth $25 a share.

Oh wait - they own a bar - that must be it!

When eBay was created, making an ecommerce site to sell your wares was so impossibly hard, that almost no one could do it.

eBay (in the beginning) made it easy. You Posted, waited a day or so and then someone bought it. Search worked (cause it wasnt rigged), sellers werent treated like pond scum, you paid how you liked and every one made money. When I tried it - my only "problem" was getting enough inventory at the right price. I didnt have to worry about negative feedbacks, defects, shipping metrics BS - it was fun and easy - you sat and waited for orders.

Now eBay is a chore. I dont mind "responsibility", but I do mind the war against sellers ... since Im one.

I just got my first negative in 4 yrs ... why ? cause the UPC on the box means nothing if you send in a picture of an item and claim you didnt get what was in the sealed box (even though the UPC number was right). So now UPCs themselves means nothing. Great going there eBay - you cant even get that right.

eBay is in BIG trouble and if I were upper management - Id start looking for MY golden parachute - cause come Q1 with more negative numbers ..... your gonna need it!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bill

Wed Feb 5 00:14:01 2020

This ICE thing is big news. This could actually start a bidding war. It will be very interesting.
I had a feeling something was going to happen but I did not react in time.
Oh well I still have my PayPal shares.

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

Wed Feb 5 00:39:24 2020

#NoMoreEbay


Wow - Ebay is now up $7.41 in value since it split with PayPal back in 2015.  That means the investors in Ebay Stock have made a little over $1.85 per year  on their investment over just under 5 years, not really all that much to brag about.  Since I am sure they will refuse the offer the stock will probably plummet 5% during the next week to compensate for the sudden increase. All of this during a Bull Stock Market where everybody has been making tons of ,money except Ebay.  Sure does not say much for the BOD and their selections for Upper Management.

In comparison, Paypal has gone up $90 over the same time period for a return of $22.50 per year on their on their investment.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: cfrphoto

Thu Feb 6 00:22:09 2020

I gave up on TurboLister in 2005 after it randomly deleted some listings without warning or explanation. I switched to SA Pro, Blackthorne and now SixBit My objective is to minimize dependency on the bug-ridden eBay web site.

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by: yesterdaygirls This user has validated their user name.

Thu Feb 6 01:33:50 2020

been using

http://www.auctionsagesoftware.com/

for at least 8 years...a wonderful program for very little cost also with a free 30 day trial and great support!

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by: ZZ This user has validated their user name.

Thu Feb 6 02:16:01 2020

You said it already in the article: eBay ended support for Turbo Lister years ago. There are many errors created when eBay makes a change, but it still does, with a little tweaking, let me load listings from one account and transfer them to another account: very helpful when I get a bunch of free listings. Is there any other way to do this in bulk?

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by: hawk This user has validated their user name.

Thu Feb 6 06:26:41 2020

try hiring a professional programmer instead of a pretend programmer , and you may get something that works.

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This user has validated their user name. by: unsuck

Thu May 28 16:07:51 2020

Noticed at the end of the weekly chat that Trinton mentioned next Wednesday's would be on Turbo Lister's retirement.

"Hi everyone, that is closed and we've responded to all open questions. Next week, June 3, 2020, the topic of discussion will be the upcoming retirement of Turbo Lister. We will have guests with us from both the team within eBay related to our selling apps, and from the third party listing program, Sixbit. Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!"



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