10/09/2018 at 12:26 am #49813
From eBay’s Alan:
I am happy to confirm that starting today; you can create immediate markdowns using Promotions Manager. We appreciate the feedback we received after our first announcement and we are committed to considering all input we receive from our sellers. If there are any changes made to this decision in the coming year, you’ll be informed right away.
As we move into the holidays, our biggest priority is ensuring you have an easy and successful selling season.
Thank you for selling on eBay.0
10/09/2018 at 12:32 am #49814
By the way, I started a Markdown Manager sale earlier this evening (Oct 8th), and even new listings I put up today were automatically part of the sale.0
10/09/2018 at 1:05 am #49816
This burnt me today, as I sold a rather in-demand item that would have gone within the 14 days for cheaper than I wanted.
Anyone know a way to just put items on markdown that are 14+ days old?0
10/09/2018 at 2:06 am #49820
- Location: Northeast US
that explains the unexpected behavior I was seeing today! Thanks for posting.0
10/09/2018 at 6:01 am #49822
I actually liked the new sale rule for putting items on sale that are only 14+ days old. Does this also mean we can run sales all the time now, no matter what? Or will there still be a 14 day period in between for items that have already been on sale previously?0
10/09/2018 at 8:33 am #49833
- Location: Virginia
Perma-sales are back.0
10/09/2018 at 9:32 am #49841
Huh. I’ve gotten used to running more infrequent sales, so I think I’ll stick to it for now. It makes it feel more like an actual event in your store when it’s once a month or every few months, as opposed to all of the time. Running them all of the time feels more like a desperation move: please, take all of my stuff! I beg of you! Not like the treat it should be for customers.0
10/09/2018 at 9:51 am #49844
It strikes me as a rather abrupt about-face for ebay, and I’d love to know the real reason they did this. We were told one reason for the rule was the law regarding sales, but as far as I know, no laws have suddenly changed.
Having established a 14 day pattern, it also seems they could reverse course but create an option in the Markdown Manager flow, so that if I WANT to limit my sales items to items 14 days or older, I could easily do so.
And of course, it would seem that a change like this is significant enough that it should be on the official Announcements page, not tucked away as a response in a Seller Board thread.
My guess: since the 14 day rule went into effect, ebay has seen a serious decline in revenue from MM sales.1+
10/09/2018 at 10:30 am #49851
- Location: Ohio
After all the angst this new policy caused when it came out – I can’t believe they are changing it back! Thank you for letting us know. Just a guess but perhaps they implemented it to avoid a legal problem (and the problem was resolved by the short-term implementation) and now they can re-allow perma-sales just in time for Christmas shopping. The verbiage of the letter implies that they may change it back again “within the year” so we may see this come and go yet again next year!0
10/09/2018 at 11:42 am #49861
Yeah, thanks for the folks letting us know that. I see that our stuff is now going on sale (I had a sale on clothes running for about a month, knowing that when items moved past 14 days, they would go on sale. Now EVERYTHING is going on sale.
You know, a heads up on this stuff would be nice… 🙂0
10/09/2018 at 2:30 pm #49876
Yep…complete mystery to me why ebay continues, year after year, despite all the complaints, to NOT formally announce stuff like this.0
10/09/2018 at 5:08 pm #49888
Well, they just did make it official…although they sure are leaving wiggle room to go back to the 14 day rule after the holidays!:0
10/10/2018 at 7:56 pm #49975
Today Griff acknowledged that the reason they imposed the 14 day rule in the first place was due to concern about potential legal liability in the wake of recent court actions. The reason they rolled it back is because apparently the Legal Dept decided liability would not attach to ebay….I don’t know, maybe there have been some more court decisions or something….in any event, my guess is we’re good for the rest of the year, but if another court case comes along to worry the Legal Dept, we’ll see a repeat…0
10/11/2018 at 7:59 am #49993
So does liability attach to the individual seller then? Would it be up to every seller to comply with whatever the law is regarding duration of original price before a sale? I highly doubt anyone is going to sue a small-time used item reseller for putting stuff on perma-sale, but I’m curious if that’s what Ebay is thinking…that the sellers bear the liability for this, not Ebay.1+
10/11/2018 at 8:46 am #49998
ChristineK, I’m not sure, I got the impression ebay didn’t think liability was probably an issue for ebay or the seller. And I agree with your take, as a small seller , especially of used items (which have no “set” price to begin with), it’s not something I’m worried about…..I don’t see a State Attorney General dropping everything to chase down scavenger sellers.1+
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