eBay changes in the news 2012
The spring seller changes are out in full bloom released by eBay on Tuesday, February 28. The sellers are also out being heard within the forums and online communities. I've seen the good, the bad and some are getting “ugly” which seems to happen every time CHANGE comes into play at eBay.
My take on “change” has always been to accept, adjust and become better because of it. I try to look for good in all things as I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. We may not like it but it’s better to try to understand it and adjust then to rant and complain. This type of behavior cannot get anyone ahead of the game of selling on line or in any business for that matter because negative vibes do not encourage productive minds.
I’ve always trusted in eBay knowing they “have my back” when it comes to being successful online. They have the ability to do the research and run the stats so who am I to judge the “reason” behind any changes a major corporation like eBay should make? Do I agree? I do not always agree but acceptance is the key.
Changes do not take place over night just like the decisions to change are not instant. Life revolves around change; we adjust, accept and do our best to become better.
The good news about one of the eBay changes is that more people will be able to become top-rated sellers that were finding it harder to achieve and will be rewarded with more discounts and better search placements then they had before! It’s nice to see eBay reaching out to the “small sellers” once again with this roll-out.
Sellers need to check their dashboards and advance to the bulk editing tool to make the adjustments of: 14 day returns with 1 day handling if they want to remain in the running with lower fees. 3 and 7 day returns will be retired after May so sellers have plenty of notice to adjust the terms now. The only areas of exemption to the 14 day policy are:
- Gift cards
Adding a restocking fee is okay to do in addition to requesting the buyer to pay for the return shipping. One day handling simply means after a buyer has paid for an item, the seller will have until 11:59:59 pm Pacific Time the following business day to upload tracking. Weekends and holidays are not counted as business days.
FREE PHOTOS for all starting July 2! All sellers can upload up to 12 photos to their listings so there are no excuses not to show ALL the details of items being listed. And every listing will be required to include at least one photo starting this fall.
One change I especially appreciate is that the eBay Motors parts and accessories section will be moved over to join the platform at eBay.com. This will be beneficial for many!
Learn more about all these changes including the line fine details and terms by visiting the site directly at: http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/news/eTRSupdate.html
I suggest all eBay sellers, even those that have not been active to stop by and log into the site, take a look at “My eBay” and review the dashboard. Never know, eBay may have an important message waiting for you!
eBay favors the larger sellers too much, they've been losing smaller sellers for years because of the changes they've made. Of course, don't forget to credit the scammers with making ebay a less enjoyable place because of all of the rules, scrambled usernames on bid pages, etc.
Anyway, as far as saving/buying on eBay goes:
If you send the seller a question about an item, find another of their listings, and send the question from that item page, rather than from the one that you actually want. This will add a little bit of work for the seller, if they want to add the question/answer to the item description page that you are actually interested in.
If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. May be telling them that they would not have to wait as long to get their money (they would probably know that, but it still might help). If that does not work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid for you. It'll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.
Use a site like Ebuyersedge.com to set up saved searches. You'd get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. Especially good for "Buy It Now"s priced right.
If the item that you are looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to hopefully find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers might never see them. Then, if the item is listed an auction format, after a few days of no bids (hopefully anyway) send the seller and offer to end the auction early and sell the item to you. They may worry that no one is interested, and take whatever they can get.
Clayton Berg says:
Ebay has a lot more competition these days, so it needs to make some pretty major overhauls if they want to stay on top. Auctionopia.com doesn't even charge placement or selling fees, how is Ebay's current model going to keep up with things like that?
Are you out of your mind - Auctiontopia.com has a total of 1 item listed in the Antiques category - I bet eBay is quaking in their boots!!
Ebay Sellers says:
watch my videos about ebay on youtube. It's not the scammers that make it bad for ebay, it's ebay that made it bad for ebay. Ebay says they have a problem with stealth users, well they created that giant not the sellers. The sellers got closed down right and left because they wouldn't provide personal information to ebay, and now ebay is getting a swift kick in the pants for it. The very sellers they kicked off are now coming back under false identities so they can just sell and make a living on a site that enjoys nothing more then to give people the boot. I have youtube videos that prove I was a great seller on ebay, even under stealth accounts, and still ebay's protocol is too boot first and not ask questions or give the ability for appeal. Ebay will never learn.