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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Fri May 29 2020 21:29:35

Final Goodbye to eBay TurboLister Tool

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is giving sellers a chance to ask questions and bid a final goodbye to TurboLister on Wednesday, one month before it ends all support for the listing tool.

Next week's chat session is devoted to the upcoming retirement of Turbo Lister, a company moderator announced during the May 27th chat.

While Turbo Lister fans like the tool in part because it resides on their desktops rather than in the cloud, it's also limited because eBay stopped investing in new features, especially when it made the decision to put all of its resources into Seller Hub.

In February, eBay announced it would stop supporting Turbo Lister in July of 2020. It's been a long goodbye - eBay stopped making the tool available for download in 2017 but promised to continue supporting the tool until it added its functionality into its own Seller Hub.

eBay will devote Wednesday's chat session to answering questions about the tool's retirement. eBay will invite members of its selling apps team along with representatives of the independent third-party listing program, SixBit Software. 

SixBit created a special version of its desktop software for TurboLister users with a lower price and with a "very gracious trial period," SixBit Software founder John Slocum told EcommerceBytes in February. He said eBay has been working with SixBit for some time because "eBay wants to make sure the Turbo Lister users have a smooth transition," he said.

eBay will create a thread on its weekly chat board where you can leave a comment or ask a question; the chat session is scheduled to begin on June 3rd at 1 pm PT.



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

Fri May 29 22:09:34 2020

Final Goodbye to eBay T̶u̶r̶b̶o̶L̶i̶s̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶T̶o̶o̶l̶  would be so much sweeter.  When will sellers all band together and take their inventory elsewhere?

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by: oldtimeebayer This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 30 11:14:13 2020

So, ebay will not have the managed payments team come to the weekly chat, but will have a weekly chat dedicated to something that's no longer going to be used on ebay. Go figure!!!!!

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 30 12:14:20 2020

This is like a memorial service for a dead stray cat in the street.
What's the point?

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by: Geetar This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 30 19:42:01 2020

How about spending that time to fix the server timeoouts / (this session not found) problem when updating listings?

It's nice to update your qty's, then a few days later find out you sold an item you didnt have, all because there was a server timeout, and when you click update listing, it doesnt really update it.

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by: Junk in the Woods This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 30 22:02:53 2020

Very useful program in its day, even with all the bugs.
Old VB6 architecture does not play well with current API.
Would literally take 300-500K to bring it up to 2019 .net
Just a joke eBay would not put a tiny bit of development/support
$$ into it. Great opportunity for someone to buy the source and clean that
mess up.  6-Bit works, does some weird things, geared more to sellers who
have inventory of standard items rather than one-offs.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Sun May 31 01:40:58 2020

Dead to some, but certainly not to others.  I've used it for years and I'd prefer to just keep it.  But I do understand why Ebay needs to retire it.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Sun May 31 17:20:37 2020

"Would literally take 300-500K to bring it up to 2019 .net"

Well, yeah, if you want an army of needful doers to rewrite it over and over until it kindof sortof "works."  I, however, can port VB6 code to C# in my sleep.  Alas, wrong demographic to even get a shot at it...

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 31 17:48:16 2020

If it has no ROI, it has no place at ebay. Turn in your badge, Turbo....

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by: Jrskills This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 31 23:29:38 2020

Ina, has EBay said when in July Turbo Lister would be retired (either the beginning or the end of the month)?

Anyone who uses Six Bit, how does it compare to Turbo Lister?  I’ve been using TL since it’s inception and have really like using it for bulk listing!

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by: smallstuff This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 1 00:18:30 2020

I continue to use TurboLister.  I like the templates I have set up and they way it keeps track of my history.  Don't see why they have to retire it.  The announcement actually said ''Starting July 2020, we will stop supporting Turbo Lister. '' which makes me wonder when the interface for uploading will stop.  I've never created a listing in SellerHub, but if it is anything like creating an on line listing - it won't be easy for me.  I have about a thousand old listings in turbo - I guess I will do an export to save the details.

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by: yesterdaygirls This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 1 00:43:49 2020

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by: JayInPA This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 1 11:06:00 2020

Since Turbolister will no longer be available, consider saving typical listings of yours on eBay as a Template - they now allow you to save 50 templates (used to be 10), so it can work fairly well. When you use templates, be sure to check all fields before listing to be sure they are correct and appropriate.  We used to also save listings as drafts for re-use- but eBay erases them after about 30 days, so that has limited usage.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: cfrphoto

Mon Jun 1 11:41:51 2020

I gave up on TurboLister in 2004 and never looked back. The SixBit application uses a robust and stable database to store listings and captured sales and order information. Database backups can be stored off site. Sales data for the last fifteen  years is available if needed.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Lightning

Mon Jun 1 23:42:01 2020

I use Auctiva at $15 per month.  Lets me schedule listings whenever I want, copy listings and templates, manage and host photos, so not seeing eBay drop them.  Between Auctiva and Seller Hub, I don't know of anything I can't do regarding listings and photos.  I haven't created a listing on eBay itself for probably 15 years now.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Jun 3 14:28:07 2020

@Jrskills

Ebay has announced that TL will retire on July 13th.

I suggest being prepared for this by the end of this month.  You need time to learn whatever program you will be changing to.  So time to get busy learning a new program if you need to replace TL.

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This user has validated their user name. by: unsuck
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Wed Jun 3 19:50:53 2020

The forum's limitations as a "chat" really reared its ugly head when it scales a bit - what a mess.

Noticed the forum mods seem to have stopped doing the recaps (probably a lot of work, but they were certainly helpful in separating signal from noise, especially with 100's of posts).

Anyway, about Turbo Lister - it's a bit surprising nobody (that I noticed) called eBay out on their failure to incorporate Turbo Lister's features into Seller Hub (not that it would have mattered, but it's interesting that it apparently wasn't on anyone's radar).

That said, even if every feature was somehow folded into Seller Hub, one of the most important aspects inherent to Turbo Lister's desktop installation for many is its asynchronous capabilities -- fast local updates on a desktop/workstation, syncing with eBay as-needed -- which can't be truly replicated in eBay's often slow-as-molasses web-based Seller Hub.

As eBay at times gets busier, with more traffic, tens of thousands of 'free' listings given to sellers, and seller site resources seemingly frequently reallocated to ensure a snappy buyer experience (e.g. multi-hour delays for Markdown Manager promotions, "It's not you it's us" dumps, delays uploading photos, and slow page loading), failing to further maintain a 1st party eBay offline listing tool is short-sighted.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Jun 3 20:59:26 2020

@unsuck

Just as a terminology thing, Mod are those that monitor the threads, so that is Khoros.  The guys on the weekly chat are CS for a lack of a better way to describe them.  

I miss those recaps too.  But I can imagine their were a lot of work for a little return.

I have no issues with the speed of SH, I do however use a desktop, so it may be very different for those that use other means.  I also don't have such large delays with the markdown manager.  I don't however have any idea why this would be happening for you.



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