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Community Member
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎01-29-2014

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to designerawesome

"and eBay's never-ending war on seller ratings has sent us running" - amen to that. 

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Community Member
Posts: 765
Registered: ‎06-15-2012

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to beachandfaith

Your not the only one having the same issue (s). Many of us have been delt the blow of the economy and this is what's left. If your just selling off things that you don't need, then remain calm..IF your selling to support yourself or your family then remail calm.:smileywink: Keep your head, work smarter not harder....Try a different approach to selling and see where that will lead you.. I've had to change my selling style many times and will continue to do so.  Always ask on this board and you will always get help from someone . I for one have enjoyed reading many articles from full time and part time sellers across the country. Each brings a little bit of knowledge to the table and hopefuly you will walk away with a better idea on what is happening to you .  Good Luck with future buyers...:smileyhappy:  

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Community Member
Posts: 623
Registered: ‎06-07-2003

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to beachandfaith

Are you a part time hobby seller?  Then you shouldn't sweat.  If this is your full time business then you need to fret.  I am a part timer, working, and doing this as a hobby business.  I can't live off of Ebay.  I don't sweat it anymore and just sit back and enjoy.

My issue was/is how do I sell things that are NOT selling (like leather coats). 


beachandfaith wrote:

I am so discouraged. It seems there is no exposure and it seems to happen mostly on weekends which used to be so busy for me on ebay. Is ebay having problems with this? Am I the only one?


 

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beachandfaith
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Posts: 33
Registered: ‎06-02-2008

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to pugmation

I am so discouraged. It seems there is no exposure and it seems to happen mostly on weekends which used to be so busy for me on ebay. Is ebay having problems with this? Am I the only one?

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Community Member
Posts: 623
Registered: ‎06-07-2003

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to argsarasota

I agree.  We shouldn't be so hard on EBAY because all retailers & banks are fighting a cyber war.  WHERE is the consumer going to buy stuff if they don't want to use their credit card because of cyberattacks?


argsarasota wrote:

Has anyone considered the fact that American businesses are being pounded right now by DOS and other cyberattacks?


 

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slocode111
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Posts: 1,078
Registered: ‎04-15-2014

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to argsarasota

I just sold something but it's been so long that I'll have search the community to figure out how to mail it.



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argsarasota
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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎05-13-2014

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to pugmation

Has anyone considered the fact that American businesses are being pounded right now by DOS and other cyberattacks?

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glotery3
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Posts: 52
Registered: ‎01-15-2013

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to salmondu3

 

 

JUST GOT THIS EMAIL FROM EBAY

 

 

OUR BIGGEST GLOBAL
CAMPAIGN IS LIVE
And it shows consumers that whatever inspires
them can be instantly shoppable on eBay
The campaign even features Electronics
It is designed to drive more traffic to eBay sellers
Get ready for more buyers—start listing now

 

Then they give you a link to watch the ad

 

http://pages.ebay.com/shoptheworld/

 

 

i am not sure if this is TV or internet ad but seems ebay is investing money to bring in new shopers

 

 

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Community Member
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎10-16-2014

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to liw48

Well we are specifically talking about sales in the last week.  It was really good and normal about a week and a half ago.  Now somethings up.  I'm not even getting hits to my ads

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Community Member
Posts: 623
Registered: ‎06-07-2003

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to 123-fitnessgal
All retailers sales are down. Walmart, Penny, Sears, all of them. I have a theory that more working people are rediscovering thrift stores and dollar stores. I was at thrift stores this past week and they were packed with people. The biggest competition to the big-name retailers & EB/A*Z are the thrifts and rummage sales.
Even A*Z is feeling hurt because look at what they're doing now: they're going to start opening stores.
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Posts: 623
Registered: ‎06-07-2003

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to 123-fitnessgal

If you notice, all the retailers are "down".  It should explain why things are slow online too.  Look at A*Z, they're going into manuf'ing phones and other devices and even opening stores.  Gotta get those sales up.

 

Here's my take on it: Thrift stores.  People have re-discovered thrift stores and/or the Dollar Store.  I was in the thrift stores the past weeks and they are packed.  I mean people are spending money like crazy, and I don't mean Salvation Army stores.  In Chicago we have Unique and Village Outlet and they are packed with people. Rummage sales also are packed with people.

The Dollar Store has long lines.

 

So, we just have to suck it up for the moment and hope things turn around and people will start making money (higher wages) and go into the retailers.

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Community Member
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎10-16-2014

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to glotery3

They are crazy slow!!

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glotery3
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Posts: 52
Registered: ‎01-15-2013

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to salesabration

 

Sales are so slow that i will not be able to pay my seller fees this month. We are in the middle of Oct things should be picking up at least they were last year at this time. So as far as i am concerced i think we are all in trouble

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Community Member
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎07-05-2008

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to liw48

That's just an excuse to say there are many other choices.  Amazon is number one.  Ebay should be  number one,

but they lost their brand.

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Community Member
Posts: 1,265
Registered: ‎03-12-2011

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to pugmation
EB gets paid when your item sales, not when you get paid.

Everyone has options. Just be sure the best option is right for you.
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Community Member
Posts: 623
Registered: ‎06-07-2003

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to hidy-hoo

SO Right!  What drove me back to EB was the BIN "free listing".  EB for a long time was charging listing fees for auctions and I felt, 7 days was too short a time period to be paying 30c, 40c each turnover.

Last year I was a BIN seller and did very well, this year -- not so good.  Maybe the new EB guy will figure this out.  We, the seller, wants to get paid, and when we get paid EB gets paid immediately.  But when we have to wait for people to respond and pay their bid, then EB loses money.

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5150motorsport
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Posts: 4
Registered: ‎01-06-2009

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to pugmation

It's beyond ridiculous at this point, waiting for a sale all day. eBay might be killing all the small businesses and putting them out of business, but they are also killing their own business. Pathethic management they should all be fire immediatly.

 

When I think how great I though they are in 1998-99 and what a joke they have become nowadays.

 

RIP eBay

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hidy-hoo
Community Member
Posts: 6,529
Registered: ‎05-18-2013

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to slmbluebird

While eBay sales seem to be cyclical, and a great number of factors determine if your item will actually sell ~ I am reading the same lament all over the boards ~ slow sales have become the norm ~ especially for auctions, which eBay is now heavily promoting after years of touting the virtues of BINs.

 

My opinion regarding auctions ~ eBay shot themselves in the foot by not getting a handle on the non-paying auction buyer, which seems to have reached epidemic proportions ~ sellers dislike using auctions for the "ordinary" widget, but because of the 30¢ insertion fee in the most popular categories, many have no choice if the profit margin is tight, and non payers, even with the proper safeguards in place, are a waste of the sellers time.

 

One other explanation that I rarely see mentioned is this section of the eBay User Agreement ~ read it and weep!

 

 

Listing Conditions

 

When listing an item, you agree to comply with rules for listing and Selling Practices policy and that:

 

  • You are responsible for the accuracy and content of the listing and item offered.

  • Your listing may not be immediately searchable by keyword or category for several hours (or up to 24 hours in some circumstances). eBay can't guarantee exact listing durations.

  • Content that violates any of eBay's policies may be deleted at eBay's discretion.

  • We strive to create a marketplace where buyers find what they are looking for. Therefore, the appearance or placement of listings in search and browse results will depend on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

    • buyer's location, search query, browsing site, and history;

    • item's location, listing format, price and shipping cost, terms of service, end time, history, and relevance to the user query;

    • seller's history, Detailed Seller Ratings, Feedback, and defect rate; and

    • number of listings matching the buyer's query.

      Accordingly, to drive a positive user experience, a listing may not appear in some search and browse results regardless of the sort order chosen by the buyer.  

  • Some advanced listing upgrades will only be visible on certain Services.

  • eBay's Duplicate Listing Policy may also affect whether your listing appears in search results.

 

Purchase Conditions

 





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Community Member
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎05-31-2011

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to pugmation

I have been selling on eBay for  14 years, also, and about a week ago my sales almost came to a halt. I have  200+ items for sale, about half at give-away prices, and bids on only 4! That is very unusual. I read an article this morning (can't recall where, exactly) that said retail sales in general are slow and are expected to pick up immediately after Halloween. I hope that is true. In the meantime, I take heart knowing that slow periods help weed out htose who are not serious  eBayer and other "deadwood". That is what always happend in every industry. Hard times force hard decisions. I am not happy that some people are going to have to go find employment though. EBay is the perfect business for folks who live in the boondocks, or who are handicapped or just hate having a boss.

 

Possible reasons for the slowdown could include:

Slow economy due to the ACA tax on most  Americans, and other stupid economic policies of Obama

Horrific Muslim activity in Middle East forces folks to reconsider their priorities (guns, food, shelter vs. "wants")

Ebola breakout in Dallas forces folks to reconsider... same as above.

**bleep**py economy and high unemployment (let's count all the foks who gave up trying to find a job in our statistics!) thanks to the past 4 presidents all being totally stupid when it comes to economic policy

 

The old saying about not holding all your eggs in one basket applies here. Diversify!! We should all be checking out Amazon, Craigslist, Shopify and other ways to sell our merchandise; this will force eBay to be competitive. That is how the Free Market works, and frankily, I'll take the free market over the alternative - SOCIALISM- any day of the week.

 

Sandra

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Community Member
Posts: 623
Registered: ‎06-07-2003

Re: Ebay sales Dropped Why so Slow?

in reply to designerawesome

For some things I do very well on AMZ.  Electronics, books, DVDs, games.

I normally put items on AMZ first and then EB.  Recently been selling 3 times AMZ and 1 time EB.  But it goes back and forth. EB last year was really good for me, this year not so.


designerawesome wrote:
Just to add my voice to the chorus of screams and sobs, an average day for us used to be $500 or so, $1000 being great/holiday numbers. Now we're routinely under $100 a day. I have just sent 185 SKU's to Amazon for FBA, because honestly I don't think it's going to pick back up on eBay. We crossed our fingers for months as we saw it get worse and worse, and now? Now we're putting all of our eggs in the Amazon basket, as it's the only place we're still seeing sales. I hate it, personally -- I always liked eBay better. It was always a friendlier place to sell. But a flood of Chinese knock-offs, scammers, security problems, and eBay's never-ending war on seller ratings has sent us running. We'll keep our account open, but I'm not expecting to see much action on this website for our business.

 

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