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eBay’s Actions Evoke Strong Emotional Angry Reactions

by Mark on February 19th, 2008

And something new arises…

Sellers’ Union & Buyers’ Association Together


“We’ve had enough of eBay, Inc! With the recent fee hikes, we no longer believe that the corporate-run eBay site serves the needs of its users, we who made that site in the first place. However, the eBay Community now has a massive userbase. We must secure the commitment of a critical mass of sellers in order to develop a realistic alternative.

If we can secure the commitment of 10,000 eBay members to migrate to a new site, that will give us the numbers we need to make the move without risking our livelihoods. Run the seller unity badge in your sales, wherever they are! We’ll show FeeBay who really runs that site!”

Seems that many of these folks have been down this road with eBay previously and these new changes have added to the anger felt before. I’d wonder if the new “powers that are,” i.e. John Donahoe et al, gave that consideration when they dreamed these revised terms up?

I think I’d also feel disenfranchised as this person does;

“The REAL issues? FEEDBACK - PayPal’s new (Patriot Act) payment withholding rules.

I don’t know about anyone else, but if buyers can leave me negative feedback, just because they feel like it, completely protected by my inability to respond in kind, AND dispute an item at the same time, causing PayPal to withhold payment to me for up to 21 days, just because they feel like it. If it were an expensive item, it could bankrupt me, JUST ONE!

What reason would a serious business person have to invite that kind of abuse? What kind of businessperson would subject themselves to that kind of danger???”

Comments? Thoughts? Agree or disagree?

Tags: Buyers' Association, , Feebay, Sellers' Unity,

POSTED IN: Web Happenings

3 opinions for eBay’s Actions Evoke Strong Emotional Angry Reactions

  • Suzanne Wells
    Mar 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Selling on eBay is a choice. I understand that the changes will negatively affect many sellers, but if sellers adjust their strategies (more or fewer auctions, more or fewer store inventory items) the fees can actually work in their favor. I really like the new fee structure.

    As an eBay seller myself, it is much easier on my budget to pay the bulk of my fees after the item sells and the customer pays, than having to spend the money out of my own pocket up front. Many other high volume sellers feel the same way.

    As I have visited various eBay groups and forums, the sellers making the noise are the smaller, lower volume sellers, who enjoy eBay as a hobby. Business people who take eBay seriously will adjust their plan to handle the fee changes accordingly.

    As for the feedback changes, most high volume sellers are not threatened by this. We are busy concentrating on what we can do for our customers, not what they might do to us. There will be the occassional bad apple (compare this to a customer who throws a tantrum in a restaurant when is food is not exactly right), but for the most part, if sellers continue to offer quality products at a reasonable price, ship quickly and securely, and communicate with their customers, we have nothing to fear.

    Happy selling-

    Suzanne Wells
    The eBay Coach

  • Mark
    Mar 2, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Suzanne,

    I really welcome your comment, thank you…

  • A Seller
    Apr 18, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I am looking for some honest feedback from past or present eBay
    sellers. Please participate in the poll:



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