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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 offer New Holiday Promotion for Sellers

November 28, 2012—Tis the season for holiday cheer and eBay is making it particularly special this year with their newest promotion for marketplace sellers. Earlier this week eBay sent eligible sellers an invitation to participate in their free-listing promotion called “Get a Holiday Bonus- sell what you don’t use for cash”. Invited sellers can list up to 5,000 fixed-price listings with absolutely no listing fees from November 28-December 3, 2012.

To qualify for this invitation, sellers must meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards and the promotion will become activated with the seller’s qualifying eBay User ID. eBay also mentioned in the promotion terms, “For sellers listing with any tool other than the latest version of the Sell Your Item form (SYI 3.0), the Promotional Rate will not be shown during the listing process. Instead, the discount will be reflected in the “View Account Status” section in My eBay, as well as in your next invoice.”

Earlier this week, eBay announced they would be crediting any sellers impacted by a glitch that occurred with one of their new features. The Item Condition notes, which launched in mid-November, caused numerous sellers to pay extra for conditioning notes in their listings without actually having them visible to buyers. eBay explained the error in an email sent to impacted sellers:

We’re writing to let you know that as a result of a technical issue in eBay’s Sell Your Item listing tool, some listings were displaying sample text in the item condition notes field and not the text you may have entered.

Impacted listings included the following text at the top of the listing near the item condition: “Example: The right leg of the chair has a small scratch, and on the seat back there is a light blue stain about the shape and size of a coin.”

The issue was resolved the week of November 19, and the text has been removed from all listings. Rest assured, eBay will automatically refund all fees (final value fee, insertion fee, and feature fees) associated with the impacted listings – both for listings of items already sold, as well as active listings. You will see these credits on your upcoming billing statement.

We appreciate your willingness to take advantage of new features like this one designed to help you sell. Introducing these improvements without a hitch is important to us. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

As always, thank you for selling on eBay.
Sincerely,
The eBay Selling Team 

Post-Christmas Promotion for eBay Sellers

December 28, 2012—Although Christmas is officially over, the holiday promotions from eBay just keep coming. eBay.com has invited eligible third-party sellers to participate in their latest promotion which runs from December 27, 2012 through January 2, 2013. Invited sellers can list up to 5,000 Fixed Price items with no Insertion Fees including 3, 5, 7, 10, and 30-day listing durations. This is great news for eBay sellers looking to cash in before the end of 2012.

The new promotion is only for eligible sellers who received an email, and/or a message in their My eBay account. The promotion is then activated with the seller’s qualifying eBay User ID. Only sellers whose accounts meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards are invited and this promotion is not transferable. All existing selling limits as well as category and item limits apply and may prevent sellers from creating the maximum number of listings.

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

New Year, New Products, New eBay Promotions for Sellers

eBay is ringing in the New Year with a bang. eBay.com 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.

 

 

4th Quarter Earning–eBay Shows Strong Holiday Shopping and Mobile Growth

The holidays were good for eBay sellers. The online marketplace reported third-party sellers sold $19.1 billion worth of goods in the fourth quarter of 2012 alone. eBay earned $2 billion in revenue from its marketplace business with almost 60% of revenue coming from their international marketplaces. Not bad for a marketplace that saw the number of global active users grow 12% in just the fourth quarter with 112.3 million.

eBay contributed their international marketplace growth to site enhancements, emerging markets, and mobile devices. In fact, the company saw $13 billion in goods purchased from mobile devices with PayPal processing $14 billion in payment from smartphones and tablets. Although the company had forecast it would double mobile GMV to $10 billion in 2012, eBay’s CEO John Donahoe and his Chief Financial Officer Bob Swan emphasized the company’s strength in mobile is growing.  

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