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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.

eBay UK Launches Promotion for Business Owners

January 3, 2012—Being a business owner on eBay UK just became more lucrative. Although eBay typically runs weekly promotions for casual sellers, this time they’re targeting business sellers. From January 7-11, 2013 (local UK time), business sellers with Basic or Featured Stores can list up to 50,000 fixed-price listings for free (no Insertion fees) in eligible categories. The promotion can also be applied to Fixed Price 30 day or Good ‘til Cncelled (GTC) format on

To qualify for this promotion, eBay sellers must be registered as resident in the UK and own either a Basic or Featured store during the promotional period. Sellers who registered on eBay after March 15, 20122 or have not listed any items for a while may have a selling allowance. Business sellers whose accounts do not meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards are not eligible to participate.

If eligible, business sellers would automatically receive zero Insertion Fees when they list, relist or renew items in Fixed Price 30 day or GTC formats through the Sell Your Item Form, eBay Seller Tools, eBay Mobile apps and most third-party tools.

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

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.

eBay Testing New Program to Attract Consumer Sellers

January 4, 2013–Brace yourself eBay sellers, the online marketplace is trying something new. is testing out a new business model called eBay Selling Assistant program which works like an eBay drop off store for sellers. Similar to the eBay store in the film 40 Year Old Virgin, the store will work as a “pick up” service that works in conjunction with consignment sellers to list and sell their items on eBay for a fee. The new pilot program is being tested among a variety of sellers across the U.S. 

How it works: When a consignor wants to sell their items on eBay they call a number (855-EBAY-VAN) that arranages for an eBay employee to pick up their items from their home or business. The items are then delivered to a participating store which lists the items on eBay for sale. Consignors are then given 75% of the item’s selling price from eBay and the store is given 25%.

eBay spokesperson Johnna Hoff said eBay has opened up the “buy side” in local markets and the new pilot program is giving people new ways to sell on eBay and attracting “people who wouldn’t have previously interacted with eBay as a destination.”

Because eBay requires sellers to use PayPal, it’s hard to see how this program could be profitable as the seller will have to pay both the eBay fees and PayPal fees.



Will Altering Search Queries Affect eBay Sellers?–At the Big Data Summit 2012 in Sydney, eBay Vice-President of Experience, Search and Platforms let it slip that eBay was altering and rewriting users’ search queries. During that keynote speech, according to media giant ZDnet, Williams said, “Not only that, EBay uses big data to make predictions on whether a listed item will sell and how much it will sell for, which affects how high an item ranks on the auction site’s search engine.” Is this fair to sellers that eBay is rewriting search queries at will? How will your rankings be affected?

EBay and Big Data

With 180 million active buyers and sellers on its online marketplace, eBay processes a lot of data. We’re talking 350 million items for sale and 250 queries made at any given moment. This equates to about 10 petabytes of raw data. Now we find out that eBay is using this data to alter search queries?


eBay Updates Apps to Make Selling on Mobile Devices Easier

January 9, 2013—eBay’s mobile apps are getting a makeover. Earlier this week, eBay announced they had updated their mobile apps to make selling on eBay from iPhones and iPads easier. Since the first three quarters of 2012, over 1.8 million new customers have joined eBay through mobile devices with an average of 2.4 million listings per week.

eBay’s new updated apps provide sellers with category, pricing shipping guidance, and the ability to work on multiple listings. The new update also integrates mobile cameras and editing, plus streamlines the listing process by making uploading photos and item descriptions much simpler. eBay sellers can also save drafts of their listings on their smartphones and then complete the process from their PC or vice versa. The new update app even allows users without associated PayPal accounts to make purchases via the app with a new guest checkout feature.

eBay Vice President of Mobile Products Kevin Hurst said, “With eBay’s app updates, selling has never been simpler. We’ve streamlined the mobile selling experience to give consumers step-by-step suggestions for pricing and shipping, and we’ve loaded the updates with new features that let customers seamlessly switch between mobile and PC – to more quickly and easily upload photos and edit listings.”

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.

Kabbage Helps Sellers Polish the Look of their eBay Store

Kabbage.comWe’re excited about a brand new tool for eBay sellers that can help them differentiate their business from the competition and create a professional, brand-centric identity on the world’s largest online marketplace. Frooition has just launched their first eBay design solution which enables sellers to create and update their own eBay store.

Here are some of Frooition’s cool new features that are designed specifically to help online sellers:

Ramp Up Sales

  • Quickly react to competitors marketing
  • Promote new product lines as they arrive
  • Create multiple store layouts for peak trading periods and seasonal trends
  • Create product content pages where products update dynamically based on sold items and new listings
  • Rebrand your store to meet the latest products and fashion trends
  • Regularly update your store hero to remain fresh and engaging
    Actively display and update your feedback and customer testimonials in your eBay store
  • Display badges of confidence and guarantees i.e. 30 day money back guarantee


eBay kicks-off Mobile Promotion for Sellers

November 19, 2012—The popularity of mobile-commerce is growing and eBay wants you to join in.  On Monday, eBay launched their newest promotion for sellers, inviting them to participate using their smartphones. From Nov. 19-27, sellers can list one item for free using eBay’s mobile app and pay no insertion fees. Although this promotion is invite only, eBay expects to have many more mobile promotions like this for sellers in the future.

To access eBay’s offer, eligible sellers must list items using eBay’s Mobile application. Qualified sellers can list items in Auction-style, Auction-style with the Buy It Now feature added, and Fixed price listings for free. Only sellers whose accounts meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards are eligible for the offer and should have received a notice via email or My eBay.

In September, eBay’s mobile app hit 100 million downloads which both buyers and sellers using the app to access account info and product information. Even better for eBay, over 100 million lists have been added and listed on eBay using the app.

For more details and restrictions with this offer, go to eBay’s promotion page.

New Year, New Products, New eBay Promotions for Sellers

eBay is ringing in the New Year with a bang. sent out invitations to eligible sellers inviting them to participate in their latest promotion to kick-off the New 2013 Year. From January 13- January 19, 2013, sellers can list up to 50,000 auction-styled listings with no Insertion fees. This is great news for eBay sellers looking to expand their listing items in 2013.

Although the current promotion isn’t for every eBayer, invited sellers can list products for free using the Buy It Now option along with 1-, 3-, 5-, 7-, and 10-day durations. eBay’s latest promotion is only for sellers who qualify and have received an email or message in their My eBay account. The online marketplace will automatically activate seller listings that are eligible for the promotion and only sellers whose accounts meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards are able to participate.  

Third-party sellers using listing tools other than the latest version of the Sell Your Item will not have access to the promotion rate during the listing process. To view the promotional rate, sellers will have to view their account status in the My eBay section. eBay’s latest promotion includes all existing selling limits on category and item listings.  

To read more this eBay promotion and view details and restrictions, please visit eBay’s website.