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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.

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 

eBay’s New Shipping Labels Page—Sellers Report Errors

December 3, 2012—Since October of this year, eBay has been in the midst of rolling out a new page to make printing shipping labels more convenient for sellers. The new service allows sellers to easily print FedEx and USPS shipping labels and pay using their PayPal. However, since the change to the new format, some sellers have begun experiencing problems printing their eBay shipping labels.

Although this technical problem does not occur to every eBay seller printing labels, a thread on eBay’s Packaging & Shipping discussion board has grown to over four pages now with frustrated sellers. One seller wrote, “I have not been able to print for 2 days. That was when I noticed the new format. My problem is that after I enter all of the info and push print, nothing happens. After a few minutes, it throws an error code 9998. I called eBay. Nice enough, but no real help.” This is horrible timing for eBay’s shipping labels format to malfunction, as Christmas shopping is entering full force.

Another seller mentioned how eBay’s new shipping labels page isn’t even new or helpful. “It’s basically the same thing but everything is in different places…seems like a USELESS change…My main concern is now when I print EVERY label I get a “java needs your permission to run, run this time or every time.” Even if I choose every time, this still pops up EVERY time I print a label.”

This could become a major problem for eBay sellers looking to cash in this holiday season. With eBay’s new service for printing shipping labels taking a nosedive, it looks like sellers will have to resort to old fashion techniques of manually printing shipping labels for each order.

Have you been affected by eBay’s Printing Shipping Labels feature?

Green Monday—Online Retailers Predict Big Sales Numbers

Decemeber 10, 2012—The names for holiday shopping days just keeps getting better. First we hve Black Friday, which signifies the crazy shopping day after Thanksgiving. Then someone coined the term Cyber Monday, which is equivalent to Black Friday but designated for online shopping. And now, we have Green Monday. Although most shoppers are not aware of yet another named shopping day, Green Monday falls on the second Monday in December and is quickly catching on for ecommerce.

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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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