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It’s not boosting new sellers over old sellers with a direct one to one correlation. It is boosting new temporarily and letting it drop into the ranking based on best practice variables. To me it makes sense. We do not want a stale marketplace because that would not promote activity and sales.
I am not defending ebay in anyway, but it seems a standard business practice. Selling and promoting the new can sell the old.
The boost for new sellers is a fact. I was told so by an ebay rep a while ago and have seen it play out. It occurs in the same way new listings do. They rise to the top at first and then drop over a period of a couple of days to a week. It’s not a conspiracy theory.
New is good for the marketplace(providing “new offerings”), keeps things fresh, promotes activity etc. Think about when you go to a department store where are the new items? Up front. While old items still need to be sold, people want new especially if they have already seen the old.
Due to current political happenings around pride, I do not think it is too late to list.06/24/2018 at 2:11 pm in reply to: Flat Rate Shipping – How to use without losing money #43343
I do not know either but I have seen several sellers with only 3 shipping rates with 2 appearing to be flat rate. Certain items are one exact rate on the lower end then there is another exact rate which is higher and then the highest rates vary which I assume are for heavy items. I am just not clear as to how the sellers avoid losing money due to the fact that their lower rate is lower than the actual postal rate I have found in ebay for a particular size item.
I would offer that you message ebay now on the site or send a message to ebay on Facebook so you have written tracking of the problem and you reporting it (regardless as to whether they respond) if an INAD case comes up because of this.
A slow down in international sales could also be because of the trade war Trump started.
Good to hear.
Thanks Jay and Luftmentsh,
I appreciate you sharing the information.
That is so interesting Luftmentsh,
I wonder how businesses handle not charging sales tax when for Memorial Day or another holiday they explicitly advertise their sales as tax free for that day or weekend.
It’s the big guys that scare me the most right now. Demand and Supply go in cycles with the best case scenario being demand and supply being equal or demand driving the increase of supply and the vendor having the capability to increase supply and distribution.
It appears that right now the demand for new items is high and increasing with there being plenty of vendors/sellers/retailers ready and willing to provide the supply with all of the amenities – low prices, free shipping, free returns etc. My concern is that with more big sellers of new products onboarding and ebay and other ecommerce sites preparing for this, the demand for vintage/used/pre-owned items will decrease leaving an abundance of supply and a weak consumer base. If this happens, I think it may be several years before vintage/used/pre-owned items are on the upswing again as they once were.
I think that while some may drop off, because of the push for brick and mortar stores to go online (especially with the extensive store closures), the competition is going to increase. Companies going online have already been engaged in the wide array of business protocols required to be a business, so tracking and reporting taxes will be nothing new. Then there will be those who will take their business and/or tax know how (especially those who have been laid off) and spin it off into a business focused on helping sellers with this tax reporting thing which will be highly lucrative leading to more people doing it and more seller competition. Unfortunatley, there will be many who will have to work to figure it out for themselves. Since online selling is only increasing, I think we will all see more competition but from larger competitors.
Yep, the zero problem is active in my account. Items previously showing as having multiple views which were showing as increasing have been showing up to have zero views or a dashed line.
The author spoke about his book in a TED talk.
The sales tax requirement is already having an impact.
Just a thought,
I would offer that when you are ready and if you choose to do the promoted listings experiment, there is no need to reprice. As you know, ebay shows you how much it will cost to use the trending rates on items. Calculate how much it will cost you if those particular items sell.
Let’s say it will cost you 40 dollars if they all sell. If so, add a dollar onto to the next 40 to 60 items you are listing in order to make up the loss for using trending rates for those particular items. I say 40 to 60 to give yourself a cushion due to not knowing what will sell when.