Christoph Rieche on iwoca
Christoph Rieche is the CEO of iwoca, an innovate startup which provides working capital for online traders.  I bumped into him at Channel advisor catalyst and interviewed him about his business. Please tell us a bit your company.  How did you come up with the idea? iwoca is a financial startup lender dedicated to eBay […] Read more – ‘Christoph Rieche on iwoca’.
The perils of international trade
At Hello Baby we have recently started selling on several international marketplaces (Amazon.fr and de, eBay.fr and de).  Overall this has been a success, though we almost got kicked off Amazon.fr the other day.  Here are my thoughts having gone through the process Increase sales without reducing prices Increasing our international exposure has allowed us […] Read more – ‘The perils of international trade’.
Interview with Export your store
  Export your store is an interesting new service which allows eBay sellers to quickly load their inventory into the Amazon marketplace.  Being both an eBay and an Amazon seller I know only too well: uploading inventory on multiple platforms is a real pain selling on Amazon has a massive potential for sales.  At Hello […] Read more – ‘Interview with Export your store’.
What’s wrong with online only retailers FFS?
Despite the fact that it is now 2011 and the internet has been in full swing for over 10 years, you would not think so dealing with some suppliers.  I frequently come up against the following problems: “Sorry but we don’t sell to online only retailers” “Sorry but we don’t allow our products to be […] Read more – ‘What’s wrong with online only retailers FFS?’.
eBay Don’t Reply to Letters – Shame on You
I have previously opined that the best way to get anything done in a world where electronic communication is cheap is to send a letter.  I  believe that the physical nature, and relative rarity of a letter means that it is less likely to get lost in the system.  Writing letters straight to the managing […] Read more – ‘eBay Don’t Reply to Letters – Shame on You’.
Make better Purchasing Decisions with Marketplace Data
Deciding what products to sell online can sometimes feel like a stab in the dark.  Sellers not only have to make strategic decisions about the categories of product they wish to stock but also have the time consuming task of selecting individual product to purchase from a almost endless selection.  Broad sweeping marketplace data, dealing […] Read more – ‘Make better Purchasing Decisions with Marketplace Data’.
Bring eBay Data into Excel
  Sales reporting is hugely important, but unfortunately can be rather time consuming. On eBay it is a real pain to analyse sales on a per item basis, as sales relating to each SKU are spread across multiple listings.  Sales data therefore requires analysing the sell through rate and average selling price of each product, […] Read more – ‘Bring eBay Data into Excel’.
Excel Formula for Calculating eBay Listing and Final Value Fees
Excel is very much the battle axe of the information age. White shirted warriors slog it out across the battle field of cells and pivot tables. Anyway I am getting overexcited.  Here is formulas for calculating eBay final value and listing fees Listing fee =IF(D3<0.99, 0.1, IF(D3<4.99,0.15,IF(D3<14.99,0.25,IF(D3<29.99,0.5, IF(D3<99.99,1.30)))))/E3 Where D3 is the eBay starting or […] Read more – ‘Excel Formula for Calculating eBay Listing and Final Value Fees’.
Hello Baby eBay Listings
I (well not me personally), have created an listing template for my new eBay business, Hello Baby.  I thought I would go through my design rationale and invite comments:   Features: Two column design.  Although I think the proponents of three column listing and shop designs such as Frooition do an excellent job for a […] Read more – ‘Hello Baby eBay Listings’.
Top UK eBay Sellers
According to the new version of Terapeak (using their Hot sellers search) the top sellers on eBay UK in the month 19th Feb-19th March were: emilyandlily   £1,633,888.71 jean_sale  £1,039,357.00 willen_trading  £850,601.64 e_cell  £761,431.59 digital-rev  £703,445.96 clearancebargains-uk  £682,354.21 bestpricetrading  £650,414.52 digigood  £630,071.55 harbour48  £558,300.46 palicomp  £512,576.86 containerclearancecompany  £492,448.36 ebestdeal4u  £475,756.51 online4babyltd  £469,223.01 schuhstore  £442,139.73 mybesteshop  £436,266.85 […] Read more – ‘Top UK eBay Sellers’.
Promoting eBay listings from your website: A mistake
I have noticed that several businesses promote their eBay listings prominently from their websites.  For example:     I suspect that the reasons for doing this are two fold.  Drive traffic to the eBay listing and thereby get more sales Save on eBay listings fees by an getting affiliate payment for driving traffic from the […] Read more – ‘Promoting eBay listings from your website: A mistake’.
Christian Braun on Clockworx going into administration
Today ClockWorx Ltd. (best known under one of its trading names Auctioning4u) has gone into administration. I was the company’s co-founder and CEO over the last five years. There is a lot of discussion of franchised versus company owned – I believe that discussion to be beside the point; the real question is if one […] Read more – ‘Christian Braun on Clockworx going into administration’.
Auctioning4u/Clockworx RIP
Yesterday, Clockworx, the company previously trading as Auctioning4u called in the administrators.  It is a sad end to the dream of building a nationwide chain of eBay drop shops.  It also, I feel, sounds the death knell for the idea that a large company can be built from franchaising drop shops.  The stand alone shop […] Read more – ‘Auctioning4u/Clockworx RIP’.
eBay’s recent changes
Gosh its been an exciting few days in the world of eBay watching.  The site has made some pretty radical changes to how their fee structure works.  Interesting, all very interesting The end of the level playing field (in the UK at least) eBay has done two things to the way their fees are structured […] Read more – ‘eBay’s recent changes’.
My Column in eBayAdvisor Magazine
I have had my first article published in a national publication.  All my own work but I didn’t come up with the title!   Text: People love eBay.  In the UK it accounts for 11% of all internet surfing and the average eBay member spends 2 hours on the site every month.  Worldwide the company […] Read more – ‘My Column in eBayAdvisor Magazine’.
eBay throws light on the resale of gift vouchers
There is an interesting article on the BBC website today about how data from eBay has been used to evalulate the actual value of gift vouchers.  There is a vibrant secondary voucher for high street gift vouchers on eBay and research by Jennifer Pate has shown that these vouchers sell for approximately 20% below face […] Read more – ‘eBay throws light on the resale of gift vouchers’.
The current state of eBay in 402 words
For years eBay could do no wrong.  It has a virtual monopoly in the online auction marketplace, a sector worth $55 billion worldwide, and has built an impressive customer base of 233 million members in 37 countries. Recently, however, some of the shine has come off the company.  Sellers have been complaining of high fees, […] Read more – ‘The current state of eBay in 402 words’.
Interesting Podcast from the Times Online
  I listened to an interesting podcast on the times online today about the low vs high starting price debate. In the podcast Robert Caldiani draws on the work of Gillian Ku to draw conclusions about the best times to have a low and high starting price auction. Interestingly, he also looks at the wider […] Read more – ‘Interesting Podcast from the Times Online’.
eBay, eCommerce, Life reviewed in the Independent Guide to eBay 2008
Fame at last. eBay, ecommerce life has been reviewed in the Independent guide to eBay 2008.  I particularly like the bit about ‘the author’s clear expertise’ and ‘engaging and accessible style’. The guide is actually rather good and has some very comprehensive lists of tools and a lot of very sensible advice and good guides.  […] Read more – ‘eBay, eCommerce, Life reviewed in the Independent Guide to eBay 2008’.
Video on eBay, a good idea yes, a good business model, no
I am 100% sure that the use of online video in product listings both on an off eBay is going to skyrocket over the next few years with more sellers using online video to provide more information to sellers about their products, creating a richer online buying experience.  However, I am less sure about the […] Read more – ‘Video on eBay, a good idea yes, a good business model, no’.
eBay Business startup checklist
Preparation To the uninitiated, eBay can seem a bit complex and in order to get the best out of the marketplace for your business it is important to understand how eBay works and gain some experience selling products.  I have seen several businesses give up selling on eBay as they did not put the time […] Read more – ‘eBay Business startup checklist’.
eBay.com vs eBay.co.uk Affiliate revenues
Michelle from eSellerStreet recently pointed out to me that the affiliate payments differ widely between the US and the UK.   USA Revenue Share Tiers    Total Revenue ($)  % of Revenue $0 – $99.99  50.00% $100 – $4,999.99  55.00% $5,000 – $199,999.99  60.00% $200,000 – $699,999.99  65.00% $700,000 – $2,999,999.99 70.00% $3,000,000 +  75.00% […] Read more – ‘eBay.com vs eBay.co.uk Affiliate revenues’.
eBay Neighbourhoods – a Missed Opportunity
I have to say that I am rather dissappointed with eBay’s new neighborhood offering.  It seems to simply be an amalgam of components which already exist within eBay, as opposed to a genuine development.  An eBay Neighborhood consists of the following: Discussion boards Blogs Reviews and guides And of course associated items and members.  What […] Read more – ‘eBay Neighbourhoods – a Missed Opportunity’.
15 Ways to Avoid Fraud on eBay
Fraud is a growing problem on eBay.  The golden rule here is to apply common sense.  However, some of the tactics used can be pretty convencing, especially to the novice user.  REMEMBER: IF SOMETHING SEEMS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS!  I would also recommend a visit to eBay’s safety centre 1 Don’t […] Read more – ‘15 Ways to Avoid Fraud on eBay’.
ChannelAdvisor takes over Marketworks
  To my enormous surprise ChannelAdvisor has taken over Marketworks.  I find this surprising as in my experience, people from Channeladvisor have had nothing good to say about marketworks.  But then, that is probably true for all competitors. As I understand it, the volume of GMV which was managed by the two companies is about […] Read more – ‘ChannelAdvisor takes over Marketworks’.
Review of How to have a Baby on eBay
The nice people at Harriman house have given me a copy of How to have a Baby on eBay: Your One Stop Shopping Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond by Wiz Wharton. This book is an interesting combination of shopping guide (the full range of baby stuff from monitors to pushchairs) and a guide to […] Read more – ‘Review of How to have a Baby on eBay’.
Review of “The eBay Business Handbook” by Robert Pugh
I have just read The eBay Business Handbook by Robert Pugh.  This book is a good introduction to starting a business on eBay and is ideal for someone who knows absolutely nothing about eBay.  The book provides a step by step guide to selling on eBay from setting up an account through to completing the […] Read more – ‘Review of “The eBay Business Handbook” by Robert Pugh’.
The effects of hiding postage costs
I have been reading a paper by Tanjim Hossain and John Morgan entitled Shorouded Attributes and Information suppression: Evidence from field experiments which makes some interesting points about how to treat postage charges on eBay.  Their study looked at how differences in display of postage costs can effect the final price of the auction.  They […] Read more – ‘The effects of hiding postage costs’.
Timing of Online Auctions
Some new research by Uri Simonsohn entitled Excess Entry into High Demand Markets – Evidence from the Timing of Online Auctions, throws some light on that difficult issue – when to end your auctions.  Competition neglect is the effect of people choosing actions which would maximise their profits in the absence of competition.  In other […] Read more – ‘Timing of Online Auctions’.
eBay Facebook App
  eBay has just launched a facebook Application called eBay Marketplace .  This is hot on the heals of their eBay to go application for listing products on blogs and other websites. This is clearly a no brainer for eBay as Facebook and other social media sites are expanding so rapidly.  The marketplace place app […] Read more – ‘eBay Facebook App’.
Second rotation and other remarketing services
  Second Rotation has been launched recently as a way for consumers to sell on their electronic items for cash.  This is an interesting development in the drop-shop model which uses the fact that for some categories (mainly electronics) eBay is a liquid market with steady (ish) marketprices.  Based on a number of criteria (condition, […] Read more – ‘Second rotation and other remarketing services’.
Interview with SpaceTime CEO and creator Eddie Bakhash
  Following my review of Spacetime, a new 3D search tool for eBay and other marketplaces, I have interviewed the CEO, Eddie Bakhash, who has been kind enough to fill us in with some background and developments with his product. Where do you see SpaceTime fitting into the browser market? SpaceTime is a next generation […] Read more – ‘Interview with SpaceTime CEO and creator Eddie Bakhash’.
eBay Q2 results
On July 18th eBay posted their second quarter results.  Here is a snapshot: Marketplaces net revenues totaled a record $1.29 billion in Q2-07, a growth rate of 26% over the $1.03 billion reported in Q2-06.  eBay’s users posted a total of 559 million listings in Q2-07, 6% lower than the 596 million listings posted in […] Read more – ‘eBay Q2 results’.
Comments on TechCrunch eBay Post
I came across a post on Techcrunch today about selling on eBay which was based on an article in Christian Science Monitor.  Most of the research which is mentioned is covered in posts on this blog, and so I thought I would link to them to make it easy to people to read what I […] Read more – ‘Comments on TechCrunch eBay Post’.
Anchor Stores – are they worth it?
    I have always wondered if Anchor Stores were worth the extra £270 a month over featured stores. To recap, the advantages of a Anchor store over a featured store are: More emails – 5000 vs 2500 More custom pages – 15 vs 10 (but who is ever going to use that many) Logo […] Read more – ‘Anchor Stores – are they worth it?’.
eBay India starts a shopping cart
  eBay India has incorporated a shopping cart into its site.  This will allow sellers to add items into a ecommerce style shopping basket from multiple sellers and pay for these all at once.  This is a great improvement on the current situation where items have to be selected and bought at the same time, […] Read more – ‘eBay India starts a shopping cart’.
Spacetime – a 3D eBay search application
  I have been asked to review spacetime – a new web application which allows 3D search of eBay, Google, amazon, YouTube Yahoo! and Flickr all from one visual browser. the application allows you to scroll through entire screens, or just the item images.  Here is an example:   Now although I think that we […] Read more – ‘Spacetime – a 3D eBay search application’.
eBay Cheap Listing day
    I am probably a bit late in announcing this but there is an eBay cheap listing day tommorrow. It would be interesting to know whether these actually work for sellers. There is some evidence to show that prices are much lower on cheap listing days as there is much more competition.  They are […] Read more – ‘eBay Cheap Listing day’.
eBay store Design – Does it help?
There was some interesting information contained in the newsletter from Aswas.  Debbit Levitt states that some sellers found that custom designs reduced the amount of traffic driven to their products. We had a few sellers tell us that they had their custom eBay Store home pages "professionally" designed, but that when they checked their Traffic […] Read more – ‘eBay store Design – Does it help?’.
Vzaar – embedded videos for eBay
I have just learned about a new service called Vzaar which is specifically designed for eBay sellers to embed videos in their listings This service differs from the likes of Youtube as it is intergrated with eBay’s API enabling user to easily integrate the videos into their listings without playing around with the code. I […] Read more – ‘Vzaar – embedded videos for eBay’.
MyThings and iTaggit – Creating an new asset class
On reading techcrunch the other day I came across two new website which help people catalogue and value their valuables Mythings.com is a site which allows users to enter details of their assets to create an online portfolio.  Items can be included in the database, with tags and pictures. Once listed users are able to […] Read more – ‘MyThings and iTaggit – Creating an new asset class’.
Bebo overtakes eBay as the most searched term
Hitwise has reported that searches for Bebo, the social networking site, has overtaken eBay. see the press releases here Except for one week in September 2006, the term "ebay" has topped the list as the highest volume search term in the UK. However, Bebo again became the #1 most searched for term in the UK for […] Read more – ‘Bebo overtakes eBay as the most searched term’.
BuySafe eBay Data
I came across some interesting information from BuySave on Steve Woda’s blog and though I would make some comments.  In general the figures reinforce the notion that eBay is a very competitive marketplace and demonstrate the importance of selling through multiple channels.    BuySafe analysed the sales data from their top sellers which produced the following […] Read more – ‘BuySafe eBay Data’.
New eBay Books
I have just finished reading two "new" books on eBay ("new" as they are second editions).  Both provide a good introduction to selling on eBay and touch on other topics such as multi channel online marketing. Make Serious Money on eBay UK    Dan Wilson was until recently the community manager for eBay UK, giving […] Read more – ‘New eBay Books’.
eBay listing types and their uses
Here is a brief summary of the listing formats and eBay marketplaces and for what they are useful.eBay marketplaces. eBay can be divided into three marketplaces. eBay core listings (www.eBay.co.uk). These are the eBay auction and fixed price listings accessible from the eBay search eBay shop. (http://stores.ebay.co.uk) An eBay shop displays all the items you […] Read more – ‘eBay listing types and their uses’.
Interview at AuctionCUT
I have been interviewed by the leading eBay forum AuctionCUT about the eBay Trading Assistant program. What opportunities does the eBay TA program offer for eBay sellers? eBay’s Trading Assistant (TA) program enables sellers to use their knowledge of eBay to profit from selling items on behalf of people and businesses who do not have […] Read more – ‘Interview at AuctionCUT’.
eBay Statistics Sources
I recently received a request from a student for sources of data on eBay’s sales figures.  As any eBay watcher will know, these are rather difficult to obtain.  Here are the sources which I have found most useful: eBay press releases and company info  eBay investor presentations    eBay shop totals  Bear sterns analyst report […] Read more – ‘eBay Statistics Sources’.
iSold-it is dead – Long Live Auctioning4u
  Hot on the heels of iSold-it US announcing that they were not going to be taking on any more franchisees, iSold-it UK is shutting up shop.  Is this the death knell for the concept of stand alone drop-off shops in the UK?  At Auctioning4u we have always maintained that the only way to make […] Read more – ‘iSold-it is dead – Long Live Auctioning4u’.
eSellerStreet now available for the UK
eSellerStreet has now been launched for the UK market. I think that this is an excellent piece of software for researching eBay sales and it  has proved particularly useful to us in the following areas: Analysing competitors.  eSellerStreet gives a snapshot of sales stats for an eBay ID.  This is not somethings which is available […] Read more – ‘eSellerStreet now available for the UK’.
Auctioning4u eBay Blog and MyWorld Page
Auctioning4u has now created a Myworld Page and an eBay based Blog!  check them out! http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/auctioning4u http://blogs.ebay.co.uk/auctioning4u     Read more – ‘Auctioning4u eBay Blog and MyWorld Page’.
Using reviews to drive traffic to your listings
 Steve Wilson, one of the most successful review and guide writers on eBay, is interviewed in the auction forum, auction cut http://www.auctioncut.com/6-question-interview-steve-wilson-t477.html He finds that his guides generate 15-20% of the visits to his storefront, which is pretty impressive.    Read more – ‘Using reviews to drive traffic to your listings’.
Online Auction Study reveals listing tips
 A 2003 study entitled Doing their bidding:  An empirical examination of factors that affect a buyers utility in internet auctions, Kaufmann et al (2003) has revealed some interesting if fairly common sense, findings about eBay auctions.  Kaufmann et al investigated 55,000 bids over a 3 year period.  By choosing the focus their attention on coin, a category […] Read more – ‘Online Auction Study reveals listing tips’.
eBay Store number continue to rise
Despite the rise in eBay fees last summer, eBay shop numbers have continued to rise.  The following charts show that total eBay shops have risen by 10% since the price increase.  eBay.co.uk shows a small drop around the price increase and a more major drop around december/January.       eBay.com and total shop numbers […] Read more – ‘eBay Store number continue to rise’.
eBay resorts to keyword Spam!
I noticed this text at the bottom of an eBay category list page earlier   More Info About Jewellery & WatchesLooking for a unique piece of jewellery for that special occasion? Maybe you need a wrist watch or some men’s jewellery? Or perhaps you’re about to pick out a diamond ring? eBay.co.uk has a wide […] Read more – ‘eBay resorts to keyword Spam!’.
Sunday Times ‘Exposes’ Shill Bidding
I am a little behind the times, but my mother has just given me the Sundays times article about Shill bidding .  Quite frankly this was about as much of a revelation as the Observer ‘exposing’ that, shock, horror, authors write reviews for their books on Amazon. In my formative eBay years, I confess to […] Read more – ‘Sunday Times ‘Exposes’ Shill Bidding’.
14 Ways to reduce your eBay & PayPal Fees
One of the top complaints against eBay is the level of fees. It is therefore surprising that many large eBay sellers make unnecessary and easily avoidable payments to eBay. This article lists 14 easy-to-implement ways to reduce eBay fees and improve the profitability of your eBay business. Strategies for all eBay Sellers These fee-saving strategies […] Read more – ‘14 Ways to reduce your eBay & PayPal Fees’.
TNS Infratest Research heralds the coming of auction culture
Some recent research from TNS Infratest Research for eBay Germany shows that auction culture is creeping up on us. 11% of Germans that are online consider what an item that they are thinking of buying could be sold for later on 37% think it a good idea to sell old products to then upgrade 54% […] Read more – ‘TNS Infratest Research heralds the coming of auction culture’.
Big Businesses are small fry on eBay
I have been quoted today in an article by econsultancy about big brand selling on eBay. See the econsultancy blog post Take up of the eBay channel by the big brands has been slow and most of those who are selling have not embraced the channel. Here some figures regarding sales from some large brands […] Read more – ‘Big Businesses are small fry on eBay’.
Bear Stearns eBay Analyst report
I have managed to get my hands on the Investment bank Bear Stearns report on eBay.  I makes pretty interesting reading and I will try and summarise the most interesting parts The report shows the despite the negative publicity which eBay received last year, the platform is going from strength to strength Global Quarter to […] Read more – ‘Bear Stearns eBay Analyst report’.
eBay Feedback 2.0
so what is Feedback 2.0 and what do I think of it What is it? The major changes are as follows Detailed Seller Ratings allow buyers to rate transactions based on item description, communication, delivery time, and postage & packaging charges. Item title and price.  The item title and item price to the new Feedback Profile […] Read more – ‘eBay Feedback 2.0’.
eBay Markdown Manager
eBay is launching a rather interesting feature called the markdown manager.  This will allow eBayers to display markdowns on prices. For more information see http://pages.ebay.com/storefronts/markdownmanager.html Read more – ‘eBay Markdown Manager’.
eSeller Street – Good eBay Statistics Application
eSellerStreet is an eBay research tool with a difference – you only pay per search (a very reasonable $0.35).  This is very useful for those occaisional searches you wish to do which don’t require a full subscription.  Looking at the functionality, the product will be most useful for the following tasks: Getting the eBay vitals […] Read more – ‘eSeller Street – Good eBay Statistics Application’.
Auction Watch for Google Desktop
I have just discovered a rather neat application for Google Desktop – auction watch.  This gadget will allow you to monitor eBay auctions from your desktop without having to log into eBay.  It will also notify you a user defined number of minutes before an auction is about to close so that you can put […] Read more – ‘Auction Watch for Google Desktop’.
eBay traffic analysis from compete.com
I found an interesting post the other day on the compete.com blog giving some interesting stat about eBay site visits. Compete runs a service similar to Alexa where they track the behaviour of their online community. This way they can analyse the behaviour of their members regarding eBay’s website. The data is interesting but it […] Read more – ‘eBay traffic analysis from compete.com’.
The Bidder’s Curse – Overbidding on eBay
A new paper entitled The Bidders Curse by Hanh Lee and Ulrike Malendier throws some interesting light on the practise of overbidding. Overbidding occurs when the final price of an auction is higher than the price for which the item is available for Buy it Now (BIN). Here are the salient facts from the paper: […] Read more – ‘The Bidder’s Curse – Overbidding on eBay’.
Last minute bids on eBay: A comparison with Amazon Auctions
Most keen eBayers have probably been beaten by a last minute bid or used sniping software to gain a bidding advantage, but how common is the practise? A paper entitled Last Minute Bidding and the Rules for Ending Second Price Auctions: Evidence from eBay and Amazon Auctions by Alvin Roth et al (2002), published in […] Read more – ‘Last minute bids on eBay: A comparison with Amazon Auctions’.
eBay Vs the rest (Tasbar, CQout, QXL)
New auction sites pop up all the time and with recent price rises on eBay, many powersellers have been grumbling about moving to other sites. But are they any good? The data below would seem to suggest caution. Auctioning4u handbag Trial We tried selling idential designer handbags across several leading auction sites. Over the last […] Read more – ‘eBay Vs the rest (Tasbar, CQout, QXL)’.
Writing a Good eBay Listing
An eBay listing is an advert for your item and so should be clear and comprehensive. In general the more information that you give to buyers, the less questions you will be asked and the more bids you will receive. Quality listings reassure buyers that they are dealing with a reputable seller, and lead to […] Read more – ‘Writing a Good eBay Listing’.
Starting Low and Ending High in eBay Auctions
It is the often said that £0.99 no reserve auction are the best way to encourage bids and lead to higher prices. In fact Auctioning4u lists most of its items using this pricing strategy. However up to now this theory was more anecdotal than based on actual data. A recent paper by Gillian Ku of […] Read more – ‘Starting Low and Ending High in eBay Auctions’.
SEO for eBay – Auction Bytes Article
This article recently appeared in auctionbytes newsletter. Despite 50% of online purchases being researched via a search engine, most eBay sellers ignore the potential of search engines to drive traffic to their listings. By optimizing your eBay presence your products could improve their rankings in the search results on major search engines and boost your […] Read more – ‘SEO for eBay – Auction Bytes Article’.
eBay and the Long Tail
I have just read the book The Long Tail but Chris Anderson. This is one of the few truly interesting business books which I have read in the last year (see also Futureshop). The concept of the long tail is that the increased choice and access to information heralded by the Internet has enabled consumers […] Read more – ‘eBay and the Long Tail’.
What is the trouble with eBay? Comments on Steve Woda’s article
Following all the changes to eBay pricing of late, many commentators and sellers have been predicting the downfall of eBay. One of the more interesting articles is by Steve Woda from BuySafe – a US company which provides bonded security against sellers going bust. Similarly to the bond scheme in the travel industry, BuySAFE provides […] Read more – ‘What is the trouble with eBay? Comments on Steve Woda’s article’.
eBay Launches DoorOne
eBay has launched a new shopping comparison site in the UK and several other countries called doorOne. This move is apparently because they do not own the Shopping.com URL in all the countries in which they operate, and it will enable them to experiment with new features. Read more – ‘eBay Launches DoorOne’.
The benefits of being an expert – Increasing your sales through eBay guides and Squidoo
eBay sellers want to drive traffic to their listings and make sales and everyone wants to be loved! Some new developments on the web and eBay may enable eBay sellers to combine these two aspirations. eBay has recently launched its reviews and guides section allowing its members to write articles about subjects of their choice. […] Read more – ‘The benefits of being an expert – Increasing your sales through eBay guides and Squidoo’.
Opening an eBay shop and choosing your subscription level
eBay has three levels of shop, Basic, featured and Anchor. This post considers the benefits of an eBay shop and compares the different packages. Reasons to get an eBay Shop An eBay shop is a very cost effective way of having an online store with an integrated payment solution (PayPal) and (semi) guaranteed traffic. It […] Read more – ‘Opening an eBay shop and choosing your subscription level’.
Trading standards guidelines for eBay
Here is a summary of the trading standards guidelines for businssess selling on auction sites. eBay is a great way for businesses to get selling on the internet quickly and effectively. Remember that you are covered by the same standards as other businesses. The full standards can be found at on the trading standards website […] Read more – ‘Trading standards guidelines for eBay’.
Must Read eBay Books
I have created an Amazon list of the best eBay related books. Click here to see the list Read more – ‘Must Read eBay Books’.
eBay HTML and Javascript Restrictions
I have been doing some investigation into the restrictions on programming on the eBay platform. Here is a list of restrictions on the use of HTML and Javascript on eBay HTML or JavaScript used to drop or read a cookie on any eBay page HTML or JavaScript that redirects the user from eBay to another […] Read more – ‘eBay HTML and Javascript Restrictions’.
Search Engine Optimsation For eBay
Search engine optimisation for eBay has two purposes. Ensuring that your product for sale on eBay are found by the major search engines Promoting your brand through eBay. This article covers the ways in which eBay can be optimised for search engine inclusion Optimisting eBay Item Description Copy As with any webpage, keywords in the […] Read more – ‘Search Engine Optimsation For eBay’.
Why use a Trading Assistant to Sell on eBay UK?
Selling on eBay is a great way of getting money for your stuff. However it can be a time consuming process. Buying on eBay may take 8 minutes but selling on eBay can take hours. Trading assistants do all the work for you. They list your items on eBay, usually for a commission of the […] Read more – ‘Why use a Trading Assistant to Sell on eBay UK?’.
eBay Sellers Threaten Strike
In reaction to eBay shop price hike, some eBay sellers are going on strike tomorrow to show their feelings to eBay. The guardian has picked up the story: “Auction site eBay, that stalwart of the online world, may be about to suffer a classic ailment of traditional business: a strike. It is not its staff […] Read more – ‘eBay Sellers Threaten Strike’.
How to Write an eBay About Me Page
Your “About Me” page is the first place buyers go when they want to find out more about an eBay seller. Is is also a great opportunity to drive sales and cross-sell products. It is a free billboard where you can showcase your entire line of products and make a strong first impression.Here are some […] Read more – ‘How to Write an eBay About Me Page’.
eBay’s Rules Explained
Ever wondered what exactly the listing rules are on eBay? I found this useful summary the other day! Links Policy Overview The eBay item page can only be used to describe, promote and facilitate the sale of the listed item. Save any references of your non-eBay web site, off-eBay sales or other businesses for your […] Read more – ‘eBay’s Rules Explained’.
How to avoid eBay scams
eBay is not always the cheapest place to make a purchase. Sometimes sellers are trying their luck and so always check prices first on a shopping comparison engine like Kelkoo, Shopping.com and Pricerunner. Don’t buy information only products Some sellers try to sell lists or links to information which is usually available elsewhere for free. […] Read more – ‘How to avoid eBay scams’.
eBay Statistics
eBay.co.uk hit the 15 million customer milestone in May 2006* eBay.co.uk has achieved the ten million live listings landmark, meaning there are more than ten million items for sale on the site at any one time* Every third internet user visits eBay.co.uk at least once a month (Nielsen / Netratings, April 2006) eBay.co.uk has over […] Read more – ‘eBay Statistics’.
Coping with eBay’s Shop Inventory Price Changes
Keeping up with eBay changes is becoming a full time job and you could be forgive for thinking that eBay has lost its way. It was only a few months ago that they decided to include their store listings in their core search. However, recently this has all been reversed and the store final value […] Read more – ‘Coping with eBay’s Shop Inventory Price Changes’.
The eBay Evening Fallacy and the effect of feedback on Selling Price
A new paper by Oliver Gurtler and Christian Grund entitled The Effect of Reputation on Selling Prices in Auctions has produced some interesting results about one of the fundamental pillars of eBay – the feedback system, and about one of the fundamental assumptions – it is better to list in the evening. The effect of […] Read more – ‘The eBay Evening Fallacy and the effect of feedback on Selling Price’.
7 Ways to Boost your eBay Sales
We have all heard people say “You can sell anything on eBay” which leads to the impression that making money on eBay is easy. Unfortunately nothing in life is ever straight forward and building sales on eBay takes planning, time and a certain amount of trial and error. Optimising your eBay Presence Many sellers do […] Read more – ‘7 Ways to Boost your eBay Sales’.
Review of eBay Strategies by Scott Wingo
eBay strategies is a book aimed at the advanced eBay seller and makes no excuses for assuming comprehensive knowledge of the working of eBay such as the feedback and listing formats. Like all advanced books about eBay, this book has to tread the line between targeted eBay advice (useful) and basic business advice (less useful). […] Read more – ‘Review of eBay Strategies by Scott Wingo’.
Book Review – How to Turn eBay Data into Dollars by Ina Steiner
Ina Steiner is the editor of one of the best sites about online auctions – Auctionbytes.com. This, her first book on eBay How to turn eBay Data into Dollars, is a combination of advice on data analysis, software reviews and advanced eBay strategies. The book is in a good guide on how to collect and […] Read more – ‘Book Review – How to Turn eBay Data into Dollars by Ina Steiner’.