What does eBay have instore for the sellers in 2009?

Although nothing has publicly been announced, (not that I know of anyway), I wouldn’t at all be surprised if eBay put more changes on it’s sellers in 2009.

Anyone who has been selling on eBay for the last couple of years, will know we have had to put up with a lot of changes recently.  Namely:

  • Banned the sale of digitally delivered products
  • Sellers no longer able to leave neutral or negative feedback
  • Massive fee structure change including insertion fees, final value fees (FVF), shop subscription fees and cancelled shop inventory listings
  • All sorts of policy changes and introductions

There are probably even others I have missed.  Some of the above, I have written separate posts about in my blog as and when they happened.  Just have a browse if you are not aware of them, but you should be as they have all been in place for some time.

What will be next?  You can bet your bottom dollar there will be something.  What you should do is keep an eye on the ‘General Announcements’   page.  To view this on your country’s eBay domain, hover your mouse over the ‘Community’ link in the top right hand corner of the page and click on ‘News’ from the drop down menu.

A lot of eBay sellers stopped selling online , after some or all of the above came into effect. Why I ask myself, as eBay is not the only selling platform on the Internet?  Now this is the point of my post.  Before any more changes come into effect, which may stop you from selling on eBay, get yourself ready now.  I suggest you start using other auction sites such as easybid or ebid.  I am not saying stop using eBay, just get yourself prepared in case eBay force you to stop selling with them tomorrow.  

Ask yourself this question;  Would my online business completely stop if eBay ceased to exist tomorrow? 
If you answered ‘yes’ then you have all of your eggs in one basket, and that is not good to rely on one selling channel.  Think of it this way, selling on two auction sites or more, gives  greater exposure to your items.  Now that has to be a good thing right?

The bottom line is, if you are only selling on one website and/or platform, you need to start using another one as well.

I have already started selling on easybid.  Only just started mind, but I am going to be increasing my inventory on there.  When I am happy with the amount of inventory and sales I am making, I will then start using another site as well.  I am currently in the middle of creating a product geared around selling on the internet that does not rely on eBay.  If you are interested, sign up to my blog by entering your name and email address above, and you will be the first to hear of the release, as well as receiving updates to the blog of course.

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