Dear eBay Queen:
I sell antiques and collectibles. I got off the phone yesterday after a 3 hour call with eBay. The only thing that seems sure, is that nothing is sure.
One thing that was said by the eBay customer service that makes perfect sense to me is this statement:
“eBay made its success on being a platform for an “online open air bazaar” eBay has made decisions NOT to continue that business model. They used to provide the “real estate” for buyers and sellers to conduct their own transactions, and rarely stepped in. As we all know, that is no longer the case. Incrementally, eBay has been changing the rules so that they not only step in, but pretty much manage our businesses as much as they can. This will continue to INCREASE.
eBay’s ultimate goal is to be more like a *franchise*. Whereas they used to represent *us*, they now want us to represent *them*. Their goal is to be an online *Mall*, not an online Swap Meet (flea market, open air bazaar, whatever you call in it your region).”
There was a link I found on the 1000 most successful sellers on eBay, and what has shocked me is that only ONE person on it sells Antiques and collectibles. http://www.webretailer.com/lean-co…/worlds-top-ebay-sellers/
I guess what I am to glean from this information is that eBay doesn’t want the junk or flea market sellers; they only want new items on their site.
I know it’s just my opinion, but since I consider myself as a vintage “junk” dealer, I think I provide the LEAST problems for eBay. I receive very few returns every year and those items that are returned are usually women’s clothing items. I’ve always found the higher price the item, the happier the customer! I think buyers expect old funky collectibles to be just that old and funky – not perfect. So why do they not want us?
I have around 1800 listings, and I’ve been advised (by eBay) that I need to update those listings; to take out ALL CAPS, to update my titles, convert any colored words to black. I also need to spend my time moving my GTC to 30 days (revising some obvious dinosaur-styling), cull out the slow items, SLASH prices, and eventually restart them again as GTC, ending them every 90 days if they are unsold, and further SLASHING prices. For us, sellers of vintage electronics, industrial antiques, and other “rusty junk”, eBay’s handwriting is on the wall. GET OUT!
I have thought these same things just like you. I think that if eBay wanted to get rid of “junk” sellers, they would just phase out the categories of the items they don’t want on there. I think eBay just cut 15K sellers for not being up to their standards, so if eBay didn’t want a seller or item on their site, they’d get rid of them. eBay really seems to not be putting a lot of thought into what they are doing in my opinion. I think eBay’s biggest issue is eBay. They tolerated the scams, and the scammers for too long in my opinion, and that lead to good buyers thinking the site was full of bad sellers. eBay should have very publicly told the world they were aware of the problems and they were going remove those issues.
eBay has the market cornered on hard to find, and sought after “junk” and I don’t think they would be actively looking to get rid of those sellers that are finding and selling that junk.
Strange eBay Item of the Week: Item 191377133485. If you have the right “old junk” you can still make a profit on eBay. Spectacular Pair of Antique Cranberry Over Vaseline Cut Glass Cologne Bottles SOLD: $3000.00. Check it out HERE.