EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2033 - May 04, 2009     1 of 3

Randy Smythe Talks eBay, Bonanzle &'s 3P Merchant Program

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Randy Smythe, a former top eBay PowerSeller, seller, blogger and consultant, joined AuctionBytes in a podcast interview to talk about how eBay has changed - and about his new role as "Merchant Evangelist" for's third-party merchant program. In the interview, he tackles the interesting issue of why eBay is promoting on its website while at the same time is competing with eBay for merchants to sell on its own marketplace.

Smythe was eBay's top feedback seller in 2005 and talked about the upheaval he's observed on eBay in the past few years. He also talks about the competitive environment for eBay alternative websites and the "chicken and the egg" phenomenon that makes it so difficult for competitors. One marketplace that stands out as meeting that challenge of attracting both buyers and sellers is Bonanzle, he said.

Smythe began selling on after he closed his business on eBay in 2006. In January, he joined, which is an online retail site founded in June of 1997 and offering millions of products in a range of categories, including consumer electronics, computer hardware and software, cell phones, books, music, videos, games, toys, bags, home and outdoor, baby, jewelry, shoes, apparel and sporting goods.

Smythe describes the Marketplace, which is similar to's third-party seller program. Smythe explains the similarities and differences, and what it takes for merchants to join the program.

Link to podcast interview

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to

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