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Sun Feb 11 2018 12:20:16

eBay Encourages Sellers to Lower Prices

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
Have any of your readers reported seeing recommended prices from eBay now showing up on their manage active listings screen? Today is the first time I have seen it. 

I truly wish they would stop all of the futzing...I thought this is what the growth tab is supposed to be for in Seller Hub, which I think is useless.

Out of curiosity I have gone to the growth tab on Seller Hub, and their recommendations are often ridiculous; many times they recommend a price with nothing to compare it to or the item being compared to is not the same brand or condition. I imagine if a seller decides to use these suggested prices they do a little due diligence first.

Have a nice afternoon,
A.

Note from the editor: The reader sent a screenshot showing eBay recommending a price of $21.xx for an item the reader had listed for $28.xx.



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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Sun Feb 11 12:34:15 2018

Yes I've noticed this on the Seller Hub too.  It is a large green box recommending a lower price.  If you click on it, you will see the price range Ebay says it is selling for and a place where you can easily update your pricing.

However as with so many things with Ebay, these recommendations and the other pricing on Ebay is not always correct.  It has been my experience that it doesn't take into account the condition of the item.  So while a similar item may sell for $5 less, it may not be in as good of condition or even new condition as yours might be.

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by: HappyOne This user has validated their user name.

Sun Feb 11 13:13:36 2018

Ebay's suggested price does not consider shipping charge. Before I changed to calculated shipping from ''free'' -shipping included Ebay's suggestions compared my price to others with  shipping as extra. Almost always my price was less than the suggested price plus shipping. Any search advantage from ''free shipping'' has been lost or diluted by all the other search advantages - promotions, GD (guaranteed delivery), and ?. Lowest price seems to be the only ''hook'' that works for me now with calculated shipping. No big deal FVF 10% on shipping now they have reduced top rated seller discount from 20% to 10% and the DSR star stuff doesn't matter as much anymore.
I think some ''new'' sellers do take the suggestions as I have gotten some really great prices on items for my collection.

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Sun Feb 11 14:15:37 2018

Of course ebay would suggest lowering prices. What have they got to lose as they have no skin in the game.

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by: Bidderboy This user has validated their user name.

Sun Feb 11 14:47:39 2018

The price recommendations are laughably outrageous. I know the value of the items I sell. More ridiculous meddling. I left the workplace and came to eBay to get away from clueless management looking over my shoulder. It's demoralizing and flies in the face of the original spirit of eBay. Why doesn't eBay pay attention to doing its job of running a site without glitches and breakdowns?

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sun Feb 11 14:53:24 2018

Why would ANYONE Listen to "advice" from eBay of all people?

The kind wonderful benevolent people in San Jose "Im sure are ONLY out for YOUR benefit"

NOT

Getting ANY kind of advice from the DOPES in San Jose is like asking a 3yr old why e=mc2.

They own nothing, they sell nothing (that we know of - but Im beginning to suspect that they have secret partnerships that go way beyond "the beloveds" stage of things - but thats ANOTHER story entirely), they know nothing - why take business advice from them?

ANYTHING they tell you - can ONLY benefit themselves ........

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by: geoffreymason This user has validated their user name.

Sun Feb 11 18:11:43 2018

We had a brand-new, entirely hand-made patchwork quilt listed on ebay -- two of them, really -- listed at a moderate price. Ebay suggested that we lower our price and cited examples for us to follow. The examples were cheap, machine-made quilts of simplistic design, shipped from China. We then listed our quilts on a different site and they sold promptly.

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by: Studiolines This user has validated their user name.

Sun Feb 11 19:53:45 2018

With Ebay having acquired Terapeak I would expect more Bananas to oranges comparisons particularly in the Vintage Collectibles market. Terapeak was forever comparing items that were in no way the same or even  not even similar. It was one of the most useless tools for that market.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sun Feb 11 21:02:29 2018

I don't see the price recommendations as I don't have or use sellers hub. . .

And I doubt eBay has a clue what my used tools are worth.

PS: eBay has hidden a listing of mine:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/122962836181

eBay CS said it might be a prohibited item and it will remain hidden until they make a decision in the next 24 hours. They said they would call me tomorrow with an answer. . .It's not viewable by item number or title search. But it can be seen by the link I have listed above!

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Sun Feb 11 22:01:47 2018

That's a coincidence.  Seller's have been encouraging eBay to lower THEIR prices for years now.  So sellers CAN lower theirs.  Thus overcoming any 'need' for eBay's ridiculously inept meddling in this matter.

Circle of life?  More like straight line to extinction.

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by: Ichabod This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 00:08:43 2018

I had an item listed at $30.00 and their suggested new price was $29.81. I am sure that that .006 % difference in price would make all the difference. Crooked.  

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by: ZZ This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 00:09:41 2018

eBay does have skin the the pricing game. If everybody listend to them then revenue per item would drop and so would the commission.
If you think eBay would make it up on increased volume, maybe somewhat, but buyers have only so much money to spend. Can't eBay see that if a buyer comes to the site looking to by a nice shirt, they will likely buy a nice shirt as cheaply as possible and then get on with thri lives.

Ebay would rather they spend $5 than $10; thus they seem to be happy to make half as much in commission if you will take half as much as you think it should sell for.

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by: guitar1 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 00:40:20 2018

First Question.

When does ''pricing'' recommendations become price fixing. We sell a lot of MAPP pricing products and Ebay constantly recommends a lower price. Which tells me there are folks out there not dealing with their mapp pricing agreements. So, does this cause legal issues?

Second Question:

When will Ebay figure out they are looking at pricing from 2 or 3 years ago that I sold something at or during a sale. Why would I want to compete against myself?

The price recommendation tools are pretty much pointless. For the most part either I see someone losing money or breaking even on the products or I see something that is so skewed it make zero sense.

Other than looking at my actual listings to make sure they are updated, I use the tool's check box to remind me in 30 days. If Ebay clearly had AI in place, they would detect how many are doing this or just not doing anything. I would love to see what the used clothing folks run into in this area, it's got to be amusing.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 05:24:14 2018

Ebay is doing what some other sites are doing.  I sell on Tradesy and Grailed (not recommended)  and they too send emails suggesting that I lower the prices.  Tradesy charges 10% fees or 7.50 for items under $50.  Now those rates are competitive, but - it makes no sense to list something for under $25 because you lose money with their fees.  And they always send emails suggesting that I cut prices.
These sites don't understand -- when I lower my price, it lowers the fees they will collect.  If you tell me to lower from $10 to $5, then you get less fees!!!
And it cheapens the product, making the buyer think they are not getting a quality product.

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by: jewelryqueen521 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 06:46:24 2018

If Ebay will pay my cost, my rent and for my food, they can tell me what price to charge. Overhead is part of the cost in selling anything, and they really have no clue what mine or yours might be

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Mon Feb 12 07:15:32 2018

Go back to a 2% FVF and I'll be happy to drop prices..

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by: Mark4 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 08:08:11 2018

Tell you what ebay, you lower my fees and I will lower my prices.  

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by: Denny This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Feb 12 08:31:18 2018

I would be glad to lower prices as soon as e-bay stops charging me fees on shipping and lowers there fees so I can. So this great leader can lead by example.

Denny

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 08:40:45 2018

@Geoffreymason >>We had a brand-new, entirely hand-made patchwork quilt listed on ebay -- two of them, really -- listed at a moderate price. Ebay suggested that we lower our price and cited examples for us to follow. The examples were cheap, machine-made quilts of simplistic design, shipped from China. We then listed our quilts on a different site and they sold promptly. <<

As a quilted and crafter that has boycotted Chinese 'handmade' craft items like quilts and other linens, I thank you. Even for the simplest quilts, by the time you account for fabric, thread, batting it is costing a lot for a quilt, then throw in the amount of time to make and whether it is tied or hand quilted at the end, to lower it to the Chinese handmade for $29.95 price is ridiculous. At that price it was made with virtual slave labor. The maker maybe got 50 cents, maybe!

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

Mon Feb 12 09:14:01 2018

More amateurish advice from eBay. Yes lowering prices can increase sales. No duh, really?? Except that eBay rotates and manipulates what buyers see, so price is not a factor. I can point to numerous instances where identical items to mine are sold at 10-15 percent higher prices. No difference in feedback, returns, shipping policy or general ship from location. Believe me, buyers DO NOT necessarily see the best price.  

Recommendations from eBay are a waste of time. Their data is garbage and inaccurate.

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by: epuise This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 09:26:34 2018

A computer takes lower sold prices, w/ no consideration for condition, materials, and compares, via 'best match', to suggest prices... the same search which, when you ask for blue vintage widget gives you blue socks...

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