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04-20-2015 04:34 PM
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!!!
04-20-2015 07:57 AM
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.....and following the long standing tradition in the Part Time eBay Sellers Group Forum, I am yelling SNIPE
How much better life would be, if a liar's pants really did catch fire!
04-20-2015 07:07 AM
RELAX!!!! 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.
04-20-2015 06:50 AM
04-19-2015 10:14 PM
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.
04-19-2015 03:49 PM
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.
04-19-2015 01:00 PM
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.
04-18-2015 07:10 PM
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
04-18-2015 05:45 PM
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.
04-18-2015 04:55 PM
How much better life would be, if a liar's pants really did catch fire!
04-18-2015 09:28 AM
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!
04-18-2015 06:09 AM
04-18-2015 02:27 AM
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!!
04-17-2015 06:50 PM
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?
04-17-2015 12:12 PM
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
04-17-2015 11:05 AM
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!