Monday, March 23, 2009

Is eBay in Trouble?

Howdy Folks,
I just finished reading one of the online newsletters that I receive, and I have to say, that I am not all that surprised at what I read. In fact, the article seemed to validate something that I have been saying for quite some time. That eBay has changed their primary focus to the larger online retailers, and has been catering to their needs and whims, all while largely ignoring those of us who are smaller retailers. In effect, eBay is abandoning it's core group of sellers. Those how made eBay what it is. In the words of Stephen King's "Gunslinger", Roland, eBay has "forgotten the face of their father."

I would encourage all of my readers to read the article I am talking about. (Click here to read it). And be sure to click on the links in the article for some further insight and comments about the article. Since most of us still use (or are used by) eBay, I think that by keeping tabs on eBay's new direction, will help us to keep a leg up on what's going on, and help us to adapt and hopefully maintain our sales. After all, that's what its all about isn't it?

Until next time, thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to leave your comments and ratings for these articles. They are always welcome and appreciated.

Adios Amigos y Amigas,
Whiskey Jack

Today's Word of Wisdom: "When ya think yore up ahead of the herd, it's always a good idea to take a look behind you and see if they are still followin'."


Sunflower Ranch said...

Answer: YES!!! The writing's been on the wall for a long time. I moved over to Online Auctions where they cater to small and hobbyist sellers. The buyers always get a good deal. But it's terrific for the sellers: no final value fees, no individual fees to list items, no stupid rating stars and no dictates on what to accept in payment. It's the end of feeBay and new life for all the rest! Thanks for your excellent commentary on the situation. :)

Daphne23 UK said...

A recent trend in e-commerce is the growing popularity of web auctions. In this the sellers post descriptions of their products at a website and the buyers submit the bids electronically. They are quite similar to traditional auctions except that buyers and sellers seldom meet face-to-face.