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eBay Offers Special 4-Day Promotion for Select Sellers

November 8, 2012—Feeling lucky? Well, if eBay selected you to join their 4-day promotion this week, count your lucky stars. Sellers selected for eBay’s week-long promotion received an email earlier this week inviting them up to 5,000 fixed-price listings with no listing fees. The promotion, which lasts from November 8-11, 2012 is by invitation only and excludes Auction-style listings. Selected sellers can even use eBay’s Mobile app to list products and redeem this special offer.

Invited sellers should have received an invitation in their email and/or My eBay messages with the titles:

  • “Everybody Wins – List Fixed Price Free!”
  • “Starts tomorrow! Free to list Fixed Price”

Just like most of eBay’s promotions, this special offer is activated using the seller’s qualifying eBay User ID and is not transferable. eBay’s invitation states only sellers whose accounts meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards are eligible. For restrictions and details, see eBay website.

How eBay’s Search Engine Cassini Works

Whether you love or hate it, eBay’s Cassini search engine is here to stay. The new search engine from eBay collects data from listings, feedback, keywords, and sales figures to give users better search results. The idea behind eBay’s Cassini is to give buyers better search results when looking for a particular item. If you’re still not sure how Cassini from eBay works, here is a helpful video to break down how it work.

 

eBay Sellers Rejoice! 5,000 Listings FREE

It seems eBay sellers may finally have something to rejoice about. Appearing on eBay’s announcement page early this week, sellers are eligible to receive up to 5,000 listings FREE from August 8 through August 18, 2012 in the fixed price format. The drawback? Only sellers who meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards are entitled to this promotion, excluding eBay store subscriptions and auction-style listings.

For 11 days sellers will be able to automatically receive eBay’s promotional insertion-fee rate when listing fixed priced items. This offer is valid on eBay’s U.S site (www.ebay.com), eBay Motors-Parts & Accessories only (www.eBayMotors.com), and eBay Canada (www.ebay.ca).

All other fees apply, see eBay’s website for details and restrictions.


eBay UK Promotion for Business Sellers

November 12, 2012—Business sellers in the UK get ready–eBay has a promotion you can’t refuse! From November 12-16, 2012, eBay is waiving up to 50,000 listing fees for business sellers who have a Basic or Featured Store on eBay UK. Even if you currently don’t have an account, eBay UK is offering business sellers the opportunity to sign up and open a Basic or Featured store during the promotion period and become eligible for zero insertion fees from that point onwards.

To be eligible for this offer, UK business sellers must meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards and be registered as a resident in the UK and own either a Basic or Featured store during the promotion. UK sellers must also list items in an eligible category using one of two formats—Fixed Price 30 Days or Good ‘til Cancelled on eBay.co.uk.

eBay UK said sellers who’ve registered after March 15, 2011 or have not listed any items for a while may have selling restrictions (10 items per month or 650 pounds of items sold per month, whichever is reached first).

To view details, restrictions and eligibility, see eBay UK website.

eBay offers Black Friday Promotion for Sellers

November 14, 2012—Black Friday is coming early this year for eBay sellers. The online marketplace giant is inviting a number of sellers to join their auction-style free-listing promotion starting November 14-18. eBay wants to help sellers market and increase product awareness as Black Friday, the megatron of shopping days, is the following week.

The 5-day promotion allows eBay sellers to list up to 50,000 auction listings with no insertions fees and even upgrade listing options to 10-Day Duration and Buy It Now for free. Because the promotion is invite only, sellers who qualify should have received an email and/or message in their My eBay inviting them to activate the offer. Sellers have reported promotional emails with the headline, “Seller special! List for 10 days free!”

eBay has been sending out quite a few promotional emails to selected sellers this past month as they try and ramp up their product listings in time for the holidays. eBay has also sent email reminders to sellers about its current free listing promotion in the Sports Memorabilia, Cards & Fan Shop and Outdoor Sports categories through the end of the year.

For fees, details and restrictions, visit eBay’s website here.

PayPal launches POS System in Australia

November 15, 2012—You might have noticed PayPal’s POS system in a variety of retail chains in the last few months. Retail stores in the U.S. like HomeDepot, Abercrombie & Fitch, Barnes & Noble, JC Penney, and more have all started implementing the new system at checkouts and now, PayPal is bringing their POS system to the Australian market.

So far, four leading Australian retail stores have introduced the new PayPal in-store payment option including a Mexican restaurant franchise (Guzman y Gomez), a fashion retailer (Glue), a specialty education retailer (Crayons) and an artisan bakery (Sonoma Bakery). Major Australian Hospitality and retail partners are in the mix to start carrying the POS system in the near future as well. PayPal is also working on a project with point of sale technology with such companies as MICROS, Island Pacific, and Vend.

PayPal explained the system by saying, “Using the app, customers will be able to check-in to the store. They can then place an order and pay using their PayPal account. The merchant is able to see the name and photo ID of checked-in customers via their point of sale terminal, which supports customer identification for security purposes.”

Visit PayPal’s blog to read more about the new POS system or read updates on other projects the company are launching.

Invite Only–New eBay Promotion

September 24th, 2012– Whether you like the eBay marketplace or not, having 5 days of FREE listings is absolutely astounding. Over the weekend eBay.com notified sellers by sending out invitations to eligible sellers to participate in their “5-Day Fixed Price Free-Listing” promotion. While many sellers reported

not receiving the invitation, eBay verified on their website, “If you qualify for participation, you will have received an email, and/or a message in My eBay. The promotion is then activated with your eBay User ID.”

From September 24-28, 2012, eligible sellers will pay no Insertion Fees per item for up to 5,000 Fixed Price listings. To qualify, your account must meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards and this offer doesn’t qualify for 30-day listings or Good ‘Til Cancelled durations. With the holiday season upon us, marketplaces everywhere like Amazon and Buy.com will be offering hundreds of new promotions to get sellers pumped up for the seasonal rush.

Summary of Restrictions and Exclusions:

  • You can list a maximum of 5,000 items as part of this Promotion on the U.S. site, www.ebay.com and eBay Motors atwww.eBayMotors.com (Parts & Accessories only).
  • Fees for optional features (such as Reserve PriceSubtitleGallery Pluslisting in 2 categories, etc.) and Final Value Fees will still apply. For listing in 2 categories, you’ll be charged at standard rates for the second category. 30-day or Good ‘Til Cancelled durations are excluded from this Promotion.
  • Only sellers whose accounts meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards are eligible. Please sign in to My eBay and view your Seller Dashboard to verify whether your account is currently meeting the standards.  If you have received fewer than 10 detailed seller ratings from buyers, this information will not appear in My eBay; however, you will receive email notification if your account falls below the minimum performance standards. Find out more about seller performance standards.
  • All existing selling limits on your account (as well as category and item limits) still apply, and may exclude and prevent you from creating the maximum number of listings in this Promotion.
  • All listings must comply with eBay policies, including eBay’s Duplicate Listing policy that allows for the removal of duplicate Fixed Price listings.
  • This Promotion does not apply to the following: items listed in eBay’s Auction-style format, 30-day or Good ‘Til Cancelled Fixed Price durations, eBay Motors Passenger Vehicles, Motorcycles, Boats, Power Sports, Other Vehicles, Motors Local Market, Professional Services, Real Estate, Classified Ad listings. The following business and industrial categories are excluded from the Promotion: Tractors & Farm Machinery (91952), Antique Tractors & Equipment (45009), Heavy Equipment (25249), Concession Trailers & Carts (67145), Imaging & Aesthetics Equipment (92036), Forklifts & Other Lifts (97185), Manufacturing Equipment (92080), Metalworking Equipment (92082), and Commercial Printing Presses (26247). The following additional categories are excluded due to overlapping listing offers: Sports Memorabilia, Cards & Fan Shop (64482) and Outdoor Sports (159043). Get details.
  • The Promotional Rate does not apply to listings with a start date prior to Monday, September 24, 2012, including those listings revised during the Promotion Period. Additionally, the Promotional Rate will not apply to listings scheduled to start after the Promotion Period.

eBay in Hot Water over Anti-Poaching Deal with Intuit

November 19, 2012—eBay just can’t seem to keep their name out of the headlines of late. On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department and State of California accused eBay and former CEO Meg Whitman of making an anti-competitive agreement that barred eBay and Intuit from hiring each other’s employees. The state and Justice Department announced last week they are suing the company over illegal emails sent between Meg Whitman and Intuit CEO Scott Cook.

According to the lawsuit filed in court, the federal government claims the eBay and Intuit CEOs entered into an “illegal agreement” between 2006 and 2009 that prevented the companies from poaching employees from each other’s workforces. The deal allegedly instructed eBay’s recruiting personnel to not pursue potential applications that came from Intuit and to throw away such resumes.

eBay rejected the allegations over the weekend and denied any wrongdoing in its hiring practices, calling the state and federal lawsuits “wrong.” However, the lawsuit specifies Meg Whitman and Intuit founder Scott Cook “were intimately involved” in enforcing the “anticompetitive agreement.” Bloomberg obtained a copy of the lawsuit and wrote, “eBay initially sought a limited no-solicitation agreement aimed at high-level employees, and expanded it to “placate” Cook, who was on eBay’s board and had complained about eBay’s hiring practices.”

“eBay’s agreement with Intuit hurt employees by lowering the salaries and benefits they mighthave received and deprived them of better job opportunities at the other company,” said Assistant Attorney General Joseph Wayland, who is in charge of the Justice Department’s antitrust division. The division “has consistently taken the position that these kinds of agreements are per se (on their face) unlawful under antitrust laws.”

In 2008, Meg Whitman left eBay to run for governor of California and later became CEO of Hewlett Packard. Although Intuit was not named in Friday’s lawsuit, the two companies will face upcoming civil antitrust lawsuits on behalf of employees. In 2010, Intuit reached a settlement regarding the same allegations from a previous Justice Department antitrust case involving Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel and Pixar.