Archive for December, 2008

Saturation in the eBay Book Category?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

In an article about listing volume, auctionbytes reported the change in listings by category from January to December of 2008. The largest growth category was books, which grew 486.33% – which is a huge increase in the number of listings. So I was a bit curious as to the conversion rate in books. Using Vendio [...]

Amazon.com no longer accepting BillMeLater in 2009!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

The eBay and Amazon.com fight continues…. As most now know, eBay/PayPal acquired BillMeLater earlier this year to augment their growing payments business (and likely to head off a potential competitor before it got too large). At the time of the acquisition, BillMeLater was an integrated payment method at Amazon.com.  Amazon.com announced today in Seller Central, [...]

The eBay Balance of Power

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

This year we saw the introduction of the diamond level sellers, which are very high volume sellers that eBay has set out to attract. This may be a very very good thing for the small to medium size sellers and have some unintended consequences that eBay will probably have to struggle with. How many diamond [...]

eBay Monday Morning Recap – Too Quiet

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The announcements board is devoid of changes, and I know that this is the holiday change hiatus. I don’t know about anyone else, but this quiet from eBay is a bit disconcerting. I can’t help but feel its the calm before the storm. Despite the quiet there were some very interesting items this week. Auctionbytes [...]

Holiday Selling Tips You Can Use Now

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Just wanted to share a few holiday selling tips for the remainder of the season. 1. Consider the last date you can ship and think about offering expedited shipping to extend your holiday selling season and to assist your customers. 2. Offer free shipping. It gets you more exposure in eBay search results, and buyers [...]

Small Items of Interest from the eBay World

Monday, December 8th, 2008

It has been very quiet in the eBay universe. The announcement board remains relatively quiet and restful. I’ve found some interesting tidbits that I did not know before, so am sharing. 1. A neutral is still counted as a negative in Seller Performance (it’s just not counted in the dashboard view). I did not know [...]

eBay Maintenance on Thursday – Friday

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Wanted to let you know about an eBay system announcement that’s been posted as many folks don’t remember to check the systems announcement board as there is typically very little there. The eBay system will be undergoing general maintenance from approximately 23:00 PT (11pm) on Thursday, December 4th to 01:00 PT (1am) on Friday, December [...]