Author: Hillary DePiano

Auctions are a dying breed? That is by (eBay’s) design, you fools!

This article kills me. They are talking about the decline of the auction format on eBay and saying that it must be because people just aren’t interested anymore. This just shows a complete lack of any research at all on their part. They are reporting the effect as news when this is simply the cause of eBay’s actions. Hmm, it couldn’t possibly be because most auctions are for collectibles and not brand new items and that eBay chased off all the collectibles sellers with policies that specifically penalize them in favor of courting brand new item sellers? It couldn’t be because they are all but requiring us to offer free shipping so that Buy It Now is our only choice? It couldn’t be that auction themselves are doing just as well as they always were, there are just less sellers offering them because people have been leaving en masse because of the eBay changes? It couldn’t be because the new rules and price structures favor fixed price items? What upsets me most about this is that eBay is now spinning (in that article) that they made all these changes BECAUSE auctions were on the decline, completely ignoring the fact that they are the ones that put them on the decline in the first place. They are playing pea under the cup with cause and effect and hoping no one...

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With some eBay items, timing is everything

While it isn’t great business to hold on to inventory forever just to wait for the right moment, some of your inventory that you haven’t been able to sell so far may get a big boost if you wait for just the right moment. After the death of Steve Irwin, talking dolls of he and his wife were selling for hundreds of dollars each. I had a talking Steve Irwin action figure and went to get in on the action. By the time I found the figure and listed it, a week had passed and people stopped caring. When...

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New eBay Affiliate Program is up and running (so I give it a test run)

Looks like the move away from Commission Junction is finally complete and eBay is just about finished setting up their new affiliate program. (If you don’t know what an affiliate program is, essentially, it is a program that allows you to earn a referral credit for any traffic that you directly send to eBay). I am personally pretty excited about this change as CJ is less than ideal to use and, hopefully, this new program will offer us greater flexibility. The eBay affiliate program has been a good earner in the past and is ideal advertising for me on my blog so I have high hopes. I am a little mystified that the launch of this site was so hush hush, though. I subscribe to all eBay News and blogs and usually hear about most of the stuff before it happens and I only heard about the site accepting applications through another blogger. Perhaps it is still in beta. Right off the bat, I am interested that they are asking publishers to apply, telling eBay a little about their company. Sure, the CJ program made you “apply” but this was all but a joke as acceptance was instantaneous. That said, we got our acceptance very quickly so this may still just be a formality more than an actual application process. Here are a few differences from Commission Junction right...

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I’m a tester for the eBay Bucks Reward Program

I got an email a few days ago from eBay asking me to opt into beta testing for their new rewards program, eBay Bucks. I said yes because I honestly didn’t see any downside. I shop on eBay all the time anyway for packing materials and items to resell, why not earn some points on it? Right now this program is invitation only but it looks like they plan to roll it out to the entire site in early fall. In eBay’s words: What is eBay Bucks? eBay Bucks is a new program that was created to reward loyal eBay shoppers. Participating eBay users will automatically earn rewards in the form of eBay Bucks for their qualifying purchases. The program is currently being tested with a small group of selected users. Participation is currently limited to invitation only, but may expand in the future. While a few purchases, such as giving works and eBay Motors don’t qualify, pretty much anything you purchase and pay for with PayPal on eBay earns you some percentage of the purchase price back in this program. I am earning 3% back, though I am not sure if it is the same for everyone. The system is a little complicated but once your earning period is up they take the total eBay Bucks for that period and then give you a limited time in which...

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About The Whine Seller

Hillary "The Whine Seller" DePiano

With two decades of ecommerce experience behind her, author Hillary "The Whine Seller" DePiano would never claim to be an expert on selling online but she's sure put in enough hours to play one on TV. Read more...

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