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    There are positive and negative viewpoints on every subject. Paul, I think your comments certainly have merit and have plenty of evidence behind them.
    I haven't been on eBay for very long, only about a year or so, but it seems like sales sort of just go up and down as it is. I have no doubt that breach probably has an effect on this too though.
    eBay certainly is a difficult place to sell if oyu are new or have had issues with either buyers or sellers before. I try and give as much info when I sell things as I can so that people do know what they are getting and I try as best as I can to uphold my end of the deal, otherwise trust falls to the wayside.
    As for buying things, well, I stick to the sellers I know I can trust and that's about it.
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    I have noticed sales dropping off dramatically, yet I have more items listed than ever before.My items for sale have not changed, I still stock the same sort of items which previously sold very well, especially at this time of year (Oct -Jan) when almost everything sells as fast as you can list it.

    Don't be a product based business, be a process based. Meaning, don't rely on a few product categories if you want to be in business in the long run. Products and services become outdated in this day and age very fast. Consumer's needs and wants will always change. The fact that you're offering the same products the same way could be your biggest downfall.

    However, sales are almost non-existent this year compared to previous years when I would only list maybe a dozen or so items per week. Nowadays, my eBay shops each have between 100-200 items listed at all times, in a variety of categories and it's becoming more and more rare to see any sales (or even views) despite my top rated seller status and wide selection of items.

    More categories and/or same products can sometimes means longer search process which = negative experience.

    Here are the component of E-Active marketing and commerce in a simplified version.
    E-Commerce Components (Basic customer's expectation of e-commerce)
    1. Catalog, shopping cart, and payment procedure (This is all done by eBay)
    2. Customer service, FAQ, public relations, and optional elements (Which is your job)

    Two incentives (value) e-commerce should provide
    1. Financial incentive - This attracts first time buyers or former customers through reduce price, free shipping, or e-coupon. This should be meaningful and changes periodically. For example, a basic promotions could be "first 10 customers receives 10% off". Such discount functions as a "call to action". Giving the customers a reason to buy again even if they still have the product (potentially targeting the scarcity culture that has shaped our minds to attribute quality to unavailability).
    2. Convenience incentive - Available 24/7, your eBay account can be used to obtain product information, EASY TO LOCATE MERCHANDISE.

    You can also think of your customers differently. There are current, former, potential, and competitors. This may help you look at their needs and wants differently.

    Hopefully, this gives you an insight on how to begin to build a process focused e-commerce business. Obviously my opinion is based on what you wrote which means this can be extremely inaccurate or inapplicable for you.

    Even though the internet has a very low barriers of entries for average people to own a business. It also is highly competitive and rapidly changing. Good luck and I hope you do well
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    The single largest factor that seems to hit ebay sellers negatively (at least from what I've seen) is the buyer's perception that what you're selling can be found easily at a later time. When you're only listing a few things, your customers may pounce with the assumption that they may not have a chance to get it again. Once you begin listing lots and lots of items, you start to present yourself as a business rather than an individual who is letting go of some rare items. This is what I've noticed with plant sales, anyway, but it may not be as applicable to what you're selling.
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    I'm not an Ebay seller specifically, though I am artist who's had online stores and am pretty familiar with selling online and online marketing.

    Selling anything online is EXTREMELY competitive now. Unless you have something nobody else carries, it's not enough to just have a store with plenty of items. You need excellent photos of your items, a good social media presence, an email list, a consistent brand, etc. You have to be creative and make customers want to buy from you over anyone else. And you always have to be doing something new and exciting to keep your audience.

    Also, Ebay has been around forever, but I haven't bought anything off Ebay in years. In some ways, the website seems dated. Maybe people are getting bored of it? Lots of trendy, new marketplaces are popping up too. I always find myself buying from Amazon or Etsy. Even though Amazon is massive too, it feels cleaner and more organized. The Ebay website has just always felt "cluttered" to me.
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    Ya, I'd highly recommend learning social media. It's the most cost-effective way to create brand image, public relations, and direct channel of communication between you and the client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarnivoreGirl View Post
    I'm not an Ebay seller specifically, though I am artist who's had online stores and am pretty familiar with selling online and online marketing.

    Selling anything online is EXTREMELY competitive now. Unless you have something nobody else carries, it's not enough to just have a store with plenty of items. You need excellent photos of your items, a good social media presence, an email list, a consistent brand, etc. You have to be creative and make customers want to buy from you over anyone else. And you always have to be doing something new and exciting to keep your audience.

    Also, Ebay has been around forever, but I haven't bought anything off Ebay in years. In some ways, the website seems dated. Maybe people are getting bored of it? Lots of trendy, new marketplaces are popping up too. I always find myself buying from Amazon or Etsy. Even though Amazon is massive too, it feels cleaner and more organized. The Ebay website has just always felt "cluttered" to me.
    I haven't sold on eBay recently for a variety of reasons, but I'll second this statement that there are many more platforms for selling now, some of which are better for sales than others. It really depends on what you're selling.

    The only thing I look at on eBay is plant sales, and I can tell from a buyer's perspective that sales have really dropped off - or the same people have an incredible number of plants in stock and have had those in stock for quite a while. Sure, some sellers seem to have pretty high turnover, but I think that sales have dropped off significantly as people have started to look at other platforms. (That's the trend that got me to stop selling on eBay).

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    I sell things on Ebay from time to time. Lately I have not listed anything for some months, as the last few listings I did almost nothing sold. When you consider the fees and Paypal's fees there is a point at which if you ask for less than a certain $ amount, you will make nothing or lose money depending upon the shipping and other things. And Ebay always encourages you to start items at 99 cents with free shipping to get more bids. Thanks but no. And do please turn off the default setting to include your auctions in their "international shipping" program. I lost big time on a sale that way. To the plus, the guy in Germany was very happy with the purchase/item. Once I asked one of their reps where could I go and see all in one place - here is the sold item and what it cost...here are the Ebay fees...here are the Paypal fees...and here is the exact amount we put into your Paypal account. There is not one. One thing that may be part of the problem, as I see someone alluded to earlier is their search function. I used to look for stuff for my car as a matter of course. Usually that would return maybe five to twenty or so items. Real easy to see if there might be something I wanted. Now the same search will return literally tens or hundreds of thousands of hits. How do you wade through that? You don't. You just quit looking.
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