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April 18th, 2008

The Flood Begins With The First Raindrop

Yeah, how profound eh? :)
eBay fury fires competition
“As the controversy surrounding eBay’s decision to compel sellers to use its PayPal service builds, a group of ex-power sellers have banded together and left eBay to launch their own auction site.”
A group is much more than a drop. They’re calling the new auction site “bang4bucks” and though […]

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April 18th, 2008

So, You’re Hogtied To One Payment System?

And one of the first few thoughts are whether or not that is fair, legal, greedy or monopolistic?
Down under, they are concerned with eBay Australia’s requirement that sellers only offer PayPal as a payment processor for their auctions.
eBay Australia Sellers React to PayPal-Only Policy
“eBay Australia made a decision to remove direct deposit, money orders and […]

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April 15th, 2008

Thick Fog Settles Over eBay Security

Hey, it’s a noble idea… (h/t to AuctionBytes)
eBay Tracks Members’ Computer Usage in Anti-Fraud Initiative
“eBay is launching a “Trusted Selling with Identity Confirmation” initiative in its efforts to fight the problem of account hijacking in which fraudsters take over users’ accounts to list scam auctions.”
Noble and idealistic but, what is being required bears some additional […]

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April 11th, 2008

eBay’s Digital Download Ban [The Competition Grows]

In the natural course of human events…
You anger your customers long enough and loud enough and they will rebel! Competition that you never heard of will also spring up out of nowhere. No one is immune to the forces of folks who want a different way to live and are willing to go to whatever […]

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April 10th, 2008

eBay - Safe Payments [Require Positive Attitude]

They set it up for what may eventually be revealed as a totally self-centered corporate profit generating attitude but it doesn’t mean that you are required to react with a negative attitude towards their policies!
What they said;
Safe Payments Requirements
Last January, Bill announced that all new sellers would be required to offer PayPal or a merchant […]

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April 8th, 2008

Make eBay’s New Digital Download Policy Work For You

This is certainly worth passing along…
From the eBay Forums;
Make eBay’s New Digital Download Policy Work For You
An announcement offered by Deirdre from Community Development.
The recent change in the Digital Download policy has many sellers of items delivered by download confused and concerned about the viability of their businesses on eBay. Have no fear! Sellers of […]

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April 6th, 2008

From The Desk of a Powerseller

John Thornhill
(John maintains what might arguably be the most informative eBay Blog online at PlanetSMS. He also writes directly on his eBay Blog.)
Though it appears we’ll be moving towards physical, digital products, it seems certain that John’s thought and experience still apply.
The most common reasons eBay will pull one of your eBook auctions.
1. Wrong, category. […]

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April 3rd, 2008

eBay’s Digital Download Ban [CDBurnerXP Pro - Free!]

If you’ve given consideration to the production and sale of physical digital products to maintain your business in light of eBay’s Digital Download ban, here is a resource for your serious consideration. And it’s Free!!!
CDBurnerXP Pro
CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to […]

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March 31st, 2008

eBay’s Digital Download Ban [Workarounds Arrive]

Unless and until eBay changes their now current policies I’m deciding that the shipment of a physical product is allowable and correct, as evidenced by some posters online…
The Warrior Forum (again).
Wherein we find links to a few excellent resources I’ve had the pleasure of discussing elsewhere :)
One is CafePress. From their Audio and Data page;
Tags: […]

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March 30th, 2008

An interview with Brian Burke, eBay’s Director in Trust & Safety, reveals the reasoning behind the change in policy regarding digital downloads. Actually, it’s easy to perceive the problem…
Question: Why is eBay requiring sellers of digitally downloaded goods to list their items in the Classified Ads format?
Answer: Most items that require digital delivery, once created, […]

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March 28th, 2008

eBay - Digital Downloadable Goods in Classified Ads Format Only

Digital Downloadable Goods in Classified Ads Format Only
Brian Burke, Director Global Feedback Policy, says;
Hello…This is Brian Burke, Director Global Feedback Policy. Digital goods are often reproduced at little to no cost to the seller. On eBay, this creates the potential for Feedback Manipulation (both real and perceived). To preserve the integrity of the Feedback system, […]

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February 27th, 2008

International Chargeback Reports Agency

If you’re selling anything, anywhere, online, this has the potential to be a valuable resource for you…
International Chargeback Reports Agency
“International Chargeback Reports Agency is a non-profit organization designed to help sellers around the globe report illegal chargebacks and fraudulent Internet sales. It is 100% free to report and to search. For the first time, international […]

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February 21st, 2008

eBay Listings Down, No, Up, No… Oh Who Knows?

Depends on who you’re reading or listening to I suppose.
This is one chart from Powersellersunite.com;

And it’s only for one day - today. There was a point, around 10am, that they had fallen about 900,000 for the day.
I think this graphic might be a bit more telling. Its from Tues., Feb. 19th;

This tells us […]

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February 20th, 2008

From “eBay Bans Sellers from Leaving Negative Feedback for Buyers” at Auctionbytes;
“eBay said the current system prevents buyers from leaving honest Feedback as they fear retaliation from the sellers if they leave a negative. ‘This makes it hard for buyers to distinguish between sellers while making bidding or buying decisions. In addition, when buyers receive […]

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February 19th, 2008

eBay’s Actions Evoke Strong Emotional Angry Reactions

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 […]

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