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The days of the “Wild, Wild Internet West” are back!

May 2, 2006

I read a very interesting article this morning. The competition between eBay and Google is heightening as we speak. The media believes that with their GoogleBase offering, Google is stomping full force into eBay territory. I admit, Googlebase is a great concept and Google certainly has their share of "eyes"; but they are no threat to eBay, at least not yet. What google has going for them is their "feedback" system. If Google can leverage search in order to aggregate a true feedback score across multiple internet sites and venues, then I think they have a winner. Roll the "e-commerce" portion of Googlebase off as a separate site with the Google pay functionality, now that might give eBay some cause for worry. Let's not forget the other players; Microsoft and Yahoo!. Microsoft and Yahoo! have the most to gain from the "perceived" turf war between Google and eBay. EBay is clamoring to build new relationships with both companies in an effort to thwart Google's push into ecommerce. The bottom line is that Google base is not the vehicle that will help Google break into this market; they are just testing the waters.

Sources: Changing marketplace strains Google, eBay relationship

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eBay has launched the eBay Express “Preview”

April 24, 2006

AuctionBytes.com announced this morning that eBay has launched their eBay Express service in preview mode. I thought it looked great and was very clean. There are many questions that will need to be cleared up before more sellers will be comfortable listing to EE, but I feel it may be a step in the right direction for eBay. Links: eBay Launches Preview of 'eBay Express' Fixed-Price Marketplace http://auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y06/m04/i24/s01 — eBay Launches Preview of 'eBay Express' Fixed-Price Marketplace eBay Express

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Another Inspiring Story of eBay Success

April 19, 2006

Ran across this story yesterday and thought it contained some good tips for new eBayers, especially those selling in clothing categories. As noted in the article, when selling clothes make sure you measure the clothing since sizing could be different among the various brands. One of the best pieces of advice Bond gives in the article is to sell something you enjoy. This one nugget will make eBay work for many people. If you don’t enjoy the products you are selling then eBay becomes just another job. Also if you are truely passionate about the categories you sell in, then that will make buying decisions, marketing decisions and answering questions about your items much easier and more enjoyable.

Learn the ropes to make a buck on eBay

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***New eBay Scam Alert*** eBay Scam Kit Targets Women.

April 18, 2006

This article posted on AuctionBytes.com enlightens us to an absolutely horrible reality.  eBay Scam kits have been floating around the IRC chat rooms for years, but more recently there have been new kits showing up that target American women.  The user id of the item that "appeared" to be from a scam kit had 127 feedback, but the id did not have any recent feedback.  As Ina states in her article this means that the account was probably legitimate, but might have been hijacked.

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eBay Pink Slips eBay Express Launch Date in forum?

April 17, 2006

Looks like eBay Sellers who want to be included in eBay Express at launch have until April 24th to get things set.

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7 Tips for picking a product to sell on eBay.

April 17, 2006

Here is a good article I found on Self SEO.com giving you 7 tips for picking a product to sell on eBay. Instead of regirgitating the same old Garage Sale, Wholesale or buying cheap retail items product sourcing ideas, Matt Blasses focuses on the characteristics of the ideal product. This article explains the importance of size, ease of shipping, products to avoid and finally how to be successful by finding a niche.

This is definitely a must read for heading into the summer sales doldrums. Go ahead and pick yourself up some new products while you are at it.

What to Sell on eBay 7 REAL Tips for Finding Successful Products

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eBay is up to something… Possible changes to Feedback System?

April 14, 2006

Yesterday on the Auctionbytes newsflash, Ina had an article about a survey that a poster on the OTWA boards was asked to fill out by eBay. According to the poster, the topic of the survey was eBay's Feedback System. Survey questions indicate that bidders will have the opportunity to rate the seller on different aspects of the transaction such as;

seller communication, item as described, shipping & handling and shipping times. These "pieces" of the transaction will be rated on a 5 point scale similar to Shopping .com 's rating scale.

While eBay would not confirm or deny changes to the feedback system; I personally feel this is coming to give eBay Express shoppers a feedback system that is similar to sites like shopping.com.

Websites cited:

AuctionBytes

www.otwa.com forums