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Community Member
Posts: 3,445
Registered: ‎07-15-2013

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to notenoughlove

My wife and I have been with eBay since 1997 and this time of the year used to be one of the greatest times since people received their taxes back and spent on eBay.  The past two months have been the worst months for us for all those years.  Articles on the net are not too favorable to eBay and eBay is doing nothing for the Sellers.  Sad times for eBay and the Good Sellers are leaving.  eBay, wake up and do more!!!

Community Member
Posts: 8,138
Registered: ‎05-18-2013

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to arhagelos66

For posters with slow sales:  This thread was started on JUNE 8, 2010

 

If you would like to have a meaningful conversation about how/why sales are slow, type "slow sales" in the Community search box located in the upper left hand corner. Change the search paramaters to "community" and you will see a plethora of CURRENT threads.

 

.....and following the long standing tradition in the Part Time eBay Sellers Group Forum, I am yelling  SNIPE  laughing emo.gif



How much better life would be, if a liar's pants really did catch fire!  winking fire flame photo: smile flame smiley_fire.gif

Community Member
Posts: 15
Registered: ‎12-04-2010

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to smmbmm
this is lies, SEARCH BETTER!
Community Member
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎05-06-2009

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to notenoughlove

RELAX!!!! :smileyhappy:  It's not THAT bad.  Goodness, some make it sound like it's the end of the world with eBay.  Look, some sellers do good, some don't.  It's about consumer interest, PRODUCT, economy (US & Global), time of the year, time of the month, seller skill (some listings look horrible and yet sellers expect sales to be great), and the list can go on and on.  I've been selling on eBay for 10 years and the last 2 years have been my best.  The last few months have tapered off but I expect that since I sell internationally and the US economy is good but global is bad.  I also expect it because I happen to sell some winter items and guess what, here in the states it's no longer winter.

 

I do agree with many that eBay policies have changed the climate on eBay compared with years ago.  In my opinion, even if you are small, a good seller is rewarded and an average or poor seller will fail and they will drag their heels and complain the whole time. 

 

Sometimes it's about ATTITUDE and humility.  Take a look at your businss and business model and determine how you can improve.  Put together an action plan and work with the system that is provided.  And if that's not something you want to do, go try and rent a space in a local shopping mall and see how that compares. 

 

Great news for those that are willing to hear it:  eBay CAN be successful!  It is what you make it and oftentimes you get out what you put it. 

Community Member
Posts: 15
Registered: ‎12-04-2010

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to pugmation
every seller feel happy with Christmas, sales should go very up. My sales at December was 0 (zero) items. Sales per month maximum 5 items. Payments per month maximum 3 items. Ebay keep fees for sold unpaid items. View per list for buy it now per month 30+-, per 3 days maximum 7. Item cost 10 with free shipping, no bids, no buy it now. The same item with 0.19 and shipping cost 10 receive bid and get sold. You can see my completed listings, remember the half sold items is unpaid item. Payments (last 60 days) Received $78.51 Not received $78.90 DOES IT WORTH? does anybody know any other site where we can sell more? About VERO, if you buy something from ebay and you do not want it anymore you can NOT sell it on ebay, they report you under the VERO system for any reason, the most common is you sell replicas, while ALL Chinese products BIG sellers sell only replicas! Is not about holidays, or buyers not have money, or the time, just make a short search to see what money buyers spend for what items WordWide! No matter what bad/items/pictures/descriptions/lies list/sell, it depends from the seller! The BIG seller can sell anything he/she like, no matter how many negatives takes call keep sell them rubish! But the rest NOT, not allowed!
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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎04-19-2015

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to annespremierskincare27

I honestly think it's the change of season, people are outdoors enjoying the weather after a VERY hard winter in many areas of the US. Also taxes come into play. Relax for now, it will pick up again.

Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎04-19-2015

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to annespremierskincare27

While we have been in business since 7/14 we had grown to 30K in sale the last two months and were going good thru the first two weeks of April and the third week was down over 50%. We do see peaks and valleys, but this was across all our sales channels. I thought maybe we had a negative campaign going on somewhere because we sell personal vaporizers and I can't find any so the only thing I can think of is nice weather, higher taxes especially on those who found out they have a huge penalty for not signing up for Obama care. I could see a small drop off, but this is much more drastic than normal. 

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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎04-19-2015

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to pugmation

As a Canadian buyer, I won't even click on an item which is part of the Global Shipping program.  The customs/brokerage fees are outrageous and are charged even if the item is less than $50.  The USPS option is the one I go with and there is no duty for items under $50.

Community Member
Posts: 30
Registered: ‎12-07-2007

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to nikitasclubhouse

Yep. I rarely list anything auction style for the reasons you said exactly. People want things now - not 7 days from now. Did take advantage of the free auction listings though.. not much activity except the BIN

Community Member
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎01-31-2014

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to pugmation

I believe the ebay auction fad is over. The buy it now model is the new leader. So many people do not like waiting a week to get out bid in the final seconds. I only do this as a hobby, selling sports trading cards, raw and graded and I have noticed that my sales are low, but most sales are buy it now with very few of my auctions getting bids. It is time for me to say goodbye to ebay probably within the next six to eight months.

 

The new listing form starts May 1st. Premium stores will now have 500 free buy it now, 100 free auction listings, right? That should prove it right there that the buy it now model is the way to go.

Community Member
Posts: 8,138
Registered: ‎05-18-2013

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to chadl285
Community Member
Posts: 30
Registered: ‎12-07-2007

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to annespremierskincare27

Flash in the pan? Time will tell.

Community Member
Posts: 30
Registered: ‎12-07-2007

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to annespremierskincare27

Signs of life this morning. I was listing last night (Friday) and saw the view numbers advancing rapidly compared to the last number of weeks. Sneaking suspicion that sales were going to pick up suddenly and sure enough, they did this morning (Saturday). Have packed up 7 items. This is what a typical Sat. usually looks like.. actually, a little better than normal. I have a feeling there will be 2 more coming through yet before the 1pm PO cutoff. 

 

When consumers decide to pull the plastic out again, sales will advance. For many various reasons, people have been hesitant to spend. Its the economy and people's emotions that steer the ship. So - to celebrate, I placed 3 orders for items I wanted. Spread it around!

Community Member
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎07-14-2014

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to pugmation
It's not the economy it's the dsr and EBay now favors the big Chinese sellers. There are thousands of posts on this all over the Internet. The listing algorithm has changed and not to the small sellers favor. It's amazing how much regulation brick and mortar stores have verses the free for all this president of EBay has. I may be going poor but he is getting rich. Do the research. I believe a CHANGE petition about this is out there. No loyalty to those that built eBay. Sad
Community Member
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎08-21-2003

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to annespremierskincare27

I think enough is enough

If you take one of your items and do a search without using your IP address you will find that most of your item's  don't exist  from time to time or at the bottom of the list  unless a major player . If your are like me and worry about what's happening with sales, complaining about it by posting your feelings won't save us.. eBay is the puppet master. I offered some of my items for insaine prices and not even an email asking why so cheap?  Not loss leaders.  

 

Something is going on with eBay that should be invistigated by the federal government as shabby as it is,  How can a corporation such as eBay  take  our fees to offer items and "ghost" them to profit " the big players" . This reminds me of the casinos, they have to pay out at least 90% of intake to the public...What would you do pay hundreds of .25 players with so many employees or dump the winings to the high rollers with less employees.

 

We all know that eBay is a publicly traded company and has to answer to share holders but why steal from the people who made you.  We are not selling beanie babies anymore.  

GET RID OF THIS PRESIDENT!!  

Community Member
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎11-09-2013

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to centextacticalgear254

Our store has been active since 10/13. We started slow (of course) and built our way up through many depressing valleys (where we learned a lot) and some amazing peaks. By 11/14, we were averaging about $25K per month and most days through February of this year we were shipping up to 50 items daily and seeing between $900 and $1200 in sales. We were BEYOND ecstatic and grateful for every buyer, even the ornery ones. UNTIL....most recently sales have plummeted to ABYSMAL! The last two weeks have been days moving less than 20 items and sales between $200-400, which I know is alot for some sellers, but our inventory is so huge, margins are small and cash flow is the focus. I'm not sure what's happening, but our items are still at or near the top of the searches, our prices are competitive and our rating is Top Rated. Could it be due to tax season, or something more intricate?

Community Member
Posts: 22
Registered: ‎07-29-2013

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to lynlen-2008

I dunno, HSN, QVC, JTV seem 2 be selling like crazy and their prices aren't the lowest either.  Granted they do a lot of "flex pays" but I have watched them do the counter and sell 60k items in one day for some.  Chinese sellers have lots of bids & some of ebay's "pet" sellers always do good no matter what black hole other sellers fall into.

 

Seems like things really slowed when they implemented that new search engine...approx 1-2 yrs ago.   I used 2 buy a lot and also sell and even made top rated status in 6 mnths and they moved me into a top rated thingy & into the black hole I fell.  Hardly sell anything now.  Cust svc is a bad joke.

 

Us sellers need 2 get together & pool $ & do a few tv spots..eh.  For vintage/antique items (my specialty) & other items too.  I plan on creating my own site & work it, since I have soooo much time now.  Gotta start somewhere and I'm not one of their pets, so next month is my break out plan & I will post and keep everyone up to date.  I would never forgive myself if I didn't at least try, because I love selling/creating.  It is one of my passions.

 

To everyone, hang in there & hopefully it will get better 4 u.

 

Just my 2 cents worth :smileyhappy:

 

 






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Another day, another dollar, another bill... ALMOST paid #$%**!!
Community Member
Posts: 12
Registered: ‎03-26-2014

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to thegamefishartist

My sales have dropped dramatically all of a sudden. I found this page because I was searching for answers.  I've not been selling on here too TO long, BUT I will say I'm focusing on my websites and hoping to be able to sell from them more. It's not easy selling on here with the types of items I have.  I just can't start auctions at a penny, or under a dollar, AND give free shipping.  BUT this is what I am up against, as China sells pet products on here for next to nothing. Unfortunately, I've been forced to lower prices way too much. That isn't the only issue, but one I'm experiencing.  Naturally, not having a single sale in a couple of days is an issue. 

 

I hope your sales increase soon! Good luck! 

Community Member
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎02-08-2011

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to thegamefishartist

I cant even list anymore items right now because I cant pay my ebay bill,,, This is bad news for us sellers

Community Member
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎02-08-2011

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to pugmation

My counters are not even moving,, the ebay fad has come to an end no ones on here anymore