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Ebay Boycott Cancelled

Filed under: Business,Computers and Technology — Tags: , , , , — Paddy Wallbouncer @ 1:57 am 2008 February 13

Or is it? A few weeks ago Ebay announced new listing fees for sellers. In effect, it lowers the upfront cost of listing a product, but increases the overall cost once the item is sold. The idea is based upon sales success, and it has done nothing but enraged sellers. The new fees have enraged them so much, some sellers are calling for a boycott between the dates of February 18 and February 25, 2008.

Ebay has relented somewhat. They’ve changed their policies concerning media and category-specific pricing. This change has been planned for some time but the threatened “seller strike” seems to have put the company into high gear in an effort to woo sellers to back off from a hard-line boycott stance. Ebay representatives say they are trying to demonstrate they listen to customer complaints and respond quickly to them. It took threats of a seller walkout for the company to get “more responsive.” Will this be a monthly thing?

Ebay is certainly a simple solution to put buyers and sellers together, but it it not the only one. Amazon and Yahoo are both major names and both have some sort of system for sellers to offer products to buyers at discounted prices, and auction websites can pop up faster than you can say clearanceland. We’ll keep you informed of this and other entertaining news.

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