Seller Boycott Fails To Impress eBay

As I mentioned last week, sellers decided to boycott eBay in response to the new fee structure, as well as the changes to the feedback system. Unfortunately, eBay is claiming that the boycott had no affect, even though an independant third-party saw a drop to 13.5 million listings at one point last week. Ultimately, they have no plans to roll back fees or feedback changes, and sellers are at a crossroad now.

Many sellers, both big and small, have vowed to leave eBay and never return. The problem, where do you go? eBay is a giant monopoly, and while others have tried to compete in the auction game, none have been able to make any headway. Some sellers have expressed plans to open their own ecommerce stores, in which to sell their goods. While that sounds good on the surface, it’s not as easy as they might think. The beauty of eBay is that you’ve got tens of millions of people visiting the site each day, and your listings are going to get more than a few views on any given day.

It should be interesting to see how this plays out.. I’d think this would be the perfect time to introduce a new auction website to the public. With the right amount of publicity behind it, things could really take off for them!


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