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Ebay Fee Reduction Challenge

Fancy a shop for only £1 a month instead of the current £6 (and soon to be £14.95)…This little trick has been around for a while now and that is to simply register a shop on the Belgium version of Ebay, you have to put up with having to deal with the language differences but there are plenty of converters and when you get used to it it becomes second nature.

Also as most are aware the fee structures are about to change and in terms of fees the Featured and Anchor shops are considerably cheaper on the other various Ebay sites (the first way to reduce your fees) but also utilising one of these formats also allows for insertion fees of circa 1p to be gained. So the simple answer again is to open a shop, preferably Anchor, on one of the other sites to gain this fee reduction. This is well within Ebay rules and can help your profitability massively.

Here are the current fees for the shops on the various sites, the Singapore one is looking very interesting right now….

So are you going to take up the fee reduction challenge….if you have any other suggestions then please comment away.

Half Price Listing Day Thursday 7th August

Sorry not been posting a lot recently but full service will resume shortly, just a quick one to point out that its Half Price Listing on Thursday 7th August. Always good to save some fees…

Half Price Ebay Listings

Feedback Neutrals no longer to be Negatives.

Hello everyone - It’s been less than a month since I saw many of you at eBay Live!, and already I have more news to share. In Chicago, I provided progress updates on many of the changes we’ve made over the past six months; early indications tell us that we’re getting a lot of things right, as evidenced by more sellers improving their DSRs and fewer top buyers reporting bad experiences.
Many of you told me personally that you believed the changes were for the better, but we also heard concerns from Community members around the world about Feedback. As I said at eBay Live!, we are listening. Open, constructive discussion about what’s working and what’s not is a strength of our Community, and essential to the collective good of eBay. When we get something wrong, we want to make it right. And when you have ideas that benefit the collective good, we want to make them happen. To that end, we are making the following changes based on your input.

Recalculating Feedback percentages without neutrals: Effective in late August, neutrals will no longer be counted as part of the Feedback percentage. This means we will be recalculating Feedback percentages retroactively for users worldwide. In the interim, no one will lose their PowerSeller status as a result of neutrals being included in their Feedback percentage.

Helping you resolve issues and satisfy buyers: By the end of October, we will roll out a new process to help you resolve issues with buyers, even after the buyer has left negative feedback. Everybody makes mistakes – buyers and sellers alike, and buyers should have a mechanism to change feedback if they make a mistake or if the seller rectifies an issue in a timely manner. Unlike with our previous Mutual Feedback Withdrawal system, our new process will enable buyers to change their feedback of the seller, not just withdraw the rating. We’ll provide more details of this new process in the fall.

This is part of our overall effort to improve the customer experience, especially for sellers. In fact, we’re already making progress in addressing one of your biggest pain points — removing negative and neutral feedback left by buyers who violate our policies. For example, since we debuted the new Feedback system in May, we have removed more than 60 percent of the negative/neutral feedback left by buyers in an unpaid item (UPI) process. Looking ahead, you will see us continue to take the steps needed to protect your reputation on eBay. In the meantime, you can also protect yourself by following some well-defined best practices in using Feedback. I encourage you to check them out.

Finally, we’re working to resolve other important issues that eBay sellers have raised over the past several months. I hope what I’ve shared with you today demonstrates our commitment to listening and responding quickly with solutions. We want to make eBay a great place for you to do business, but it’s going to take all of us — together — to get it right for the collective good. I want to thank you for your patience, your business and your continued commitment to eBay.

French Ruling in Louis Vuitton Case - Response from Ebay

In response to the French ruling regarding the lawsuit by LVMH, Ebay were bound by the court to post the ruling onto all of its sites fro three weeks, here is what appearing on the UK site:

Dear Customer,

I’m sure you will have read media reports over the past few days concerning a French court ruling in a lawsuit against eBay.

We want you, our customers, to know and trust how much we do behind the scenes to stop counterfeits from ever making their way onto our sites. It’s not just about money but we do invest millions every year in keeping our site free of counterfeits. In 2007, across all eBay sites around the world, we removed over 2 million potentially counterfeit listings, and we suspended over 50,000 sellers whom we believed may have been attempting to sell fake goods.

Indeed, our efforts to remove counterfeits from our site – often before anyone is able to see them, let alone buy them – are recognised by thousands of manufacturers who we successfully work with to combat counterfeiters.

While recognising the importance of fighting counterfeits, we do not agree with overly broad attempts to protect uncompetitive commercial practices of authentic items at the expense of consumer choice, which threatens the livelihood of our law-abiding sellers and the ability of our buyers to get great deals.

Overzealous implementation of restrictive sales practices are anti-competitive and give you, our buyers and sellers a bad deal. This is recognised by European Union policy-makers who are seeking to create a better framework for online sales to promote e-commerce in Europe. We support a free and fair market in Europe and the benefits this will bring for you.

We will continue to fight against counterfeits but we will not accept outdated attempts to restrict unfairly the Internet to the detriment of our community. We will continue to fight for consumer value through e-commerce. We are appealing the ruling in France.

Douglas S. McCallum, Senior Vice President, eBay Marketplaces, Europe

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