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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Tue July 7 2020 10:09:05

eBay Coaxes Sellers into Payments with $50 Incentive

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is giving some sellers a $50 - $150 incentive to sign up for Managed Payments ahead of the mid-July deadline. The reward comes in the form of a credit on their invoice.

"I just had to tell you eBay offered me a $50 credit fee if I signed up for managed payments by July 10," a reader told EcommerceBytes. "I have 3 selling accounts and so far only 1 account received the offer. They must be desperate for people to sign up."

Sellers also referenced the offer in comments on a recent EcommerceBytes Blog post. One seller pasted an excerpt of the notification eBay sent:

"Your account is scheduled to be enabled for managed payments in late July, and you must register by July 15th or the ability to create new listings will be interrupted. You only have one week left to register.

"As a special offer for Independence Day we'd like to give you a $150 invoice credit when you register for managed payments by July 10th."

The fact eBay has to induce sellers to sign up for Managed Payments could indicate it's having issues with adoption as the deadline for the mandate approaches. Consider this the carrot before the stick. However, we can't help but wonder how early adopters feel about being left out of the financial reward.

Let us know if you've received the incentive offer and whether it influenced your decision to sign up for eBay's payments service ahead of the deadline.



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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Jul 7 10:45:53 2020

Just for laughs and giggles we might not sign up by the 15th just to see what happens. (call their bluff)

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This user has validated their user name. by: NoMoreEbay

Tue Jul 7 10:50:29 2020

Not to worry, ebay will make it up on the back end when they raise MP fees once everyone is suckered into this joke.

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by: Shanna This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 11:12:54 2020

This is great news, people are fighting back against the corrupt nature of eBay.

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 11:13:17 2020

I took the carrot...then spit it out 3 clicks into the registration when presented with my bank's sign on screen WHILE I'm still in ebay.
Some pixels that formed a message that ebay would not see my bank sign-in info was less than re-assuring.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Jul 7 11:38:20 2020

@ebayout

eBay needs to see your sign in so they can sign in when they want to.

There's no way around it, you will conform or you won't be listing.

COMPLIANCE IS THE ONLY OPTION

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This user has validated their user name. by: CanBrit

Tue Jul 7 12:06:07 2020

@ebayout

Same thing I saw. Did they really think I was going to sign into my account? Good grief they have no sense at all.

They can offer all the candy they want. My answer is still no. I have other avenues.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Tue Jul 7 13:25:08 2020

I thought eBay said something along the lines of 'you're in MP or you're off eBay.' To start offering incentives to sign up must mean that they are looking at a huge chunk of their seller base being eliminated.  

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

Tue Jul 7 14:53:34 2020

Oh Ya, "Thanks Etsy".
I took my $50 and ran.
They SUCK.
Now we have PROOF Ebay and Etsy are joined.......

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by: Geetar This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 15:29:53 2020

4 yrs ago, I took the my own and other sellers advice to start on other platforms, and I am glad I did. I probably cant go without ebay, but I need to go over pricing. At this point it is no longer feasible to sell items under say $12. All of my items are usually under 1 #. If I have a item selling for $4, but actually $8 for their (basically) forced free shipping, I'm paying double the FVF because of the shipping added in. 5-6 years ago 65% + of my orders were 2 or more items on one invoice. So I didnt get killed with the FVF on shipping too badly. NOW.....NOW we are going to be charged a FVF on sales tax collected???? WTF is that? Is that even legal?

I really gotta take a close look at all this stuff....what the fee's are. What my pricig should be. If I miss a couple of weeks of sales on ebay it wont be the end of the world. I just really have to see what I should sell, what I should not sell on ebay anymore, and what the best way to maximize my % take on ebay. Ebay is no longer a small expense, so it has to be looked at as a major expense now.

Quite a few of my regular customers buy from me off of ebay now because I still offer them combined shipping. I would assume that I should also be able to offer lower prices now, that coupled with the fact that the low cost items that they still want will no longer be offered on ebay.

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by: Bird Mad This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 16:18:41 2020

I plan to open a new bank account to be used only for ebay and transfer deposits onto a second account on a regular basis. I just don't trust eBay having account numbers for my main business account.

Got the offer but I want more... "As a special offer for Independence Day we’d like to give you a $50 invoice credit when you register for managed payments by July 10th"

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by: postbuster This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 16:24:48 2020

Well deserved d-bay.
This is what you get for underperforming through all of these years, and blaming it on the seller.

Maybe if they didn't decide to build that bar... or waste money on harassing those who actually showed them in BOLD PRINT why they are failing.
Seller performance?  HA! HAAA!!
Forced returns, forced GTC, forced B.O.?
Pioneering shipping fees?
Now fees on taxes?
So, wasting all of that money on trolls and cheerleaders didn't work either?
Hmmm...
Hiring K-mart level techs to run your lousy platform?
And I was selling there for only 18 months!
You OWE us SOOO much more than this.

Building a security fence around headquarters is an admission of guilt to me.
The list of their incompetence and abuse is larger than a telephone book.
What other dumb ideas do you have?
BRING IT!!
The trust has been destroyed long ago, so all of you cowards may as well show yourselves and lay all your cards on the table.
But I guess you need a backbone to sit there so... just tell your share holders that you really, REALLY suck at what you do, and take your lumps like a grown-up!

I hope that no one else signs up for any of their games.
This only enables them to think that they fooled us.
''Here's half a crumb if you just sign up, we really need you, and we are 'striving' to build a better marketplace.''
FLUSH!!!  Now they can pollute the sewers.

Keep your crap d-bay, we're moving out!
They wanted China? They got 'em.
They sh!t the bed, and now they can sleep in it.

CHEERS, D_bay!
Nice to NOT do business with you.

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This user has validated their user name. by: CanBrit

Tue Jul 7 17:34:41 2020

@postbuster

Tell us how you really feel....🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

So very well put. EVERYTHING you pointed out is 100% correct. There's no hiding it, no denying it. eBay, you broke people. You destroyed the Mom's and Pop's of small town America with your nasty work. Yes, I agree. Keep the Chinese. They probably have higher standards than you do. Their inequalities look like child's play compared to you.

No one deserved what you did to so many. Now it's time for PayBacks!!!!

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 17:48:26 2020

@postbuster

well put!!

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by: postbuster This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 18:16:23 2020

@CanBrit

Thanks.

Was actually feeling a little bad about how aggressive it came out after I came back to it.

Again, funny how these venues can affect my outlook toward them.
On one hand, they definitely deserve it.
But on the other, it brings out the worst in me.

Let's hope their Payback comes with an extra 10% for Shipping.  : )

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

Tue Jul 7 18:24:18 2020

This offer may also have a lot to do with Ebay realizing just how messed up things are on their end and trying to not have so many new accounts open on the same date.  It appears to me that Ebay finally woke up and realized that jumping from 25,000 accounts up to the large majority of sellers overnight is asking to much of not only their programming but what little staff they have that understands what is supposed to happen.

I am glad that I have not been selling on Ebay for awhile now as i have not been forced into this major fiasco waiting to happen.  Based on their programmers lack of ability to create code that automates almost all steps without having major glitches I am guessing that there is a portion of this process that is going to be handled manually in some ways and Ebay now realizes they are not ready to take them all at once.  Even a $50 credit to sign up 2 or 3 weeks early is a huge incentive so Ebay must be getting desperate to change the timeline for many sellers to move over.  

I am sure there are going to be a lot of hiccups when this massive change happens in late July but I am also sure that Ebay will do all they can to make sure that the only place it is addressed is in the Mangled Payments folder so that the problems do not get the bad publicity that it should get if they bomb the transition.

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by: postbuster This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 18:41:17 2020

@ Silver Ice King

Good point.

It also looked to me like they focused more on creating glitches and throttling sellers to squeeze them.  
Over the years, it is how they learned to treat everybody, and now they believe that they are some kind of untouchable entity that can abuse anyone and then look the other way.
It's insulting to me for them to think that after stabbing us the way they did, that they can buy us back just to do it again.

I personally don't like handing out my SSN to anybody, Especially to the quality of 'people' that ebay is.

(My apologies to people for the association of the word to ebay).

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by: postbuster This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 18:49:21 2020

Thanks, RL15!

Just wish my rants would be seen by that special someone who would create "that site" that we all could go to, and this someone could reference these posts to learn what not to do...

Though i'm not sure if some of my posts would look nice on my resume.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philo

Tue Jul 7 21:02:31 2020

I have not seen a single communication on switching to MP from ebay.  I just searched the messages from ebay for the word "managed" and not a single email came up.

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by: Geetar This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 23:13:56 2020

4 yrs ago, I took the my own and other sellers advice to start on other platforms, and I am glad I did. I probably cant go without ebay, but I need to go over pricing. At this point it is no longer feasible to sell items under say $12. All of my items are usually under 1 #. If I have a item selling for $4, but actually $8 for their (basically) forced free shipping, I'm paying double the FVF because of the shipping added in. 5-6 years ago 65% + of my orders were 2 or more items on one invoice. So I didnt get killed with the FVF on shipping too badly. NOW.....NOW we are going to be charged a FVF on sales tax collected???? WTF is that? Is that even legal?

I really gotta take a close look at all this stuff....what the fee's are. What my pricig should be. If I miss a couple of weeks of sales on ebay it wont be the end of the world. I just really have to see what I should sell, what I should not sell on ebay anymore, and what the best way to maximize my % take on ebay. Ebay is no longer a small expense, so it has to be looked at as a major expense now.

Quite a few of my regular customers buy from me off of ebay now because I still offer them combined shipping. I would assume that I should also be able to offer lower prices now, that coupled with the fact that the low cost items that they still want will no longer be offered on ebay.

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by: StumbleBum This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 7 23:42:13 2020

Huh, I didn't get any such offer.  I also declined to use the streamlined "log into your bank" option.  Research turned up very little about the company eBay choose to do this.  But based on the "user agreement" using the bank login gave the company permission to access any and all transactions over an unspecified time frame.  I'm sure they also reserve the right to sell that information, Likely right back to eBay.  VERY, VERY Slimy and shady.  Just follow the money.

There is a way to register without the login but they don't make it easy.

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