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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 Acquires Svpply- A Shopping Discover Site

Appeagle.com–EBay has had its sights set on Pinterest for a long time, since the visually inspired social network has gained so much momentum in recent months. Since EBay can’t acquire Pinterest, like you know they want to do, the company has snagged the next best thing. The company recently announced that they have purchased shopping discover site Svpply for an undisclosed sum.

Svpply is very similar to Pinterest, but it’s been around for about three years, before Pinterest was even conceived of. Like Pinterest, Svpply users can bookmark and repin their favorite products that they glean from other users on the site and across the Internet. The site is monetized through a process whereby users are encouraged to discover new styles and click through their favorite items to make a purchase.

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Selling Tools–eBay updates New Policy on Multi-Variation

November 30, 2012—Earlier this month, eBay unveiled a new selling tool for third-party sellers. This multi-variation tool allows eBay sellers to list an item with extra options such as size and color to their listing. For instance—Instead of having to make multiple listings for a pair of pants in different colors and sizes, this selling tool allows the seller to put all those features into one listing. This week however, eBay UK announced it would be reversing one vital part of this listing feature.

Before this feature, sellers would have to list multiple items on eBay in each specific color and size. If you had two red shirts, one in medium and one in large, you would have to create 2 listings and therefore pay 2 insertion fees. This caused a lot of frustration for sellers as they  wanted the ability to display one composite image that showed all colors available to purchase.

eBay UK explained its decision to reverse the policy by saying, “In July we announced improvements to multi-variation listings, including tailoring which photo from the listing is displayed to buyers in search results. We’re aware that this is impacting sellers, as it affects generic searches as well as searches by colour.”

According to eBay UK’s announcement page, beginning December 5, eBay will resume the “shared picture” (images showing all colors) on search result pages for generic queries, across all categories. eBay has yet to respond whether the U.S will roll back the changes or not.

Inside Look at eBay’s New Global Shipping Program

December 11, 2012—Earlier this month, eBay announced a new Global Shipping Program for third-party sellers and now, eBay is seeing the results. This week eBay said they were seeing positive results and feedback from the new program from both buyers and sellers who have sent and received international orders through the program. This is great news for interested sellers looking to join the Global Shipping Program.

Senior Manager of eBay’s Global Shipping Program, Manish Joneja, said eBay’s new program is seeing early positive results and the GSP makes international transactions as easy as domestic transactions.  Sellers participating in the program are seeing an increase in sales along with a new customer base from countries they hadn’t had access to before. So far, third-party sellers have been happy with service levels for tracking and delivery time. As for buyers, Joneja mentioned, “we’re also hearing from buyers that it’s a great experience too.”

eBay’s Global Shipping Program removes the complexity and risk of international shipping for buyers and sellers and many sellers have announced their interest in the international exposure eBay’s new program offers. However, the only drawback sellers have is the potential for listings to appear much more expensive than domestic listings on eBay’s other country websites.

To make the new service similar to that of a freight forwarder, eBay has partnered with Pitney Bowes so sellers can send international orders to a U.S. hub where Pitney Bowes will process and send items out to international buyers. The program includes buyers in UK, Canada, Australia and 15 other European countries.  

Are you interested in using eBay’s new Global Shipping Program?

eBay Affiliate Program—Now Open to WordPress & Blogger

January 18, 2013—Bloggers prepare yourself. eBay announced they have opened its affiliate program to bloggers using hosted platforms WordPress and Blogger. Previously, eBay had banned such blogging platforms because of required domain registration and validation but now the online marketplace is letting bloggers go wild.

Starting mid-February of this year, the ban on eBay’s third-party blogging platform will be lifted, allowing bloggers to start promoting eBay’s products through affiliate marketing. Earlier this week, Scott Parent, North American Communications Manager for eBay Partner Network informed affiliates that eBay will also pay compensation for any mobile traffic garnered from affiliate blogging. Until last fall when eBay began comparing traffic by classic versus mobile, the online marketplace clearly stated it would not pay for traffic from mobile devices coming from domains not registered with eBay.

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eBay UK Moving Ticket Category to StubHub

eBay’s UK ticket category is no more. The online marketplace has officially closed its UK ticket category and will soon be redirecting shoppers to its subsidiary StubHub instead. eBay plans to transition buyers to StubHub by advertising the ticket site on eBay.co.uk and then redirecting ticket-shoppers in the spring.

According to the Financial Times, StubHub UK only sells a few thousands tickets a month compared to the juggernaut StubHub in the U.S. StubHub was acquired in 2007 by eBay and lets fans buy and sell tickets to millions of sports, concerts, theater, and other live entertainment events. StubHub celelbrated its 10th year in 2010.

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