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An example of why Amazon is winning against eBay

We were looking at small desks online and identical items are available for sale on both eBay and Amazon. These identical desks, for reference, are the first of this specific products offered under the search ‘small desk’. Here are the two offerings to compare and contrast: And on Amazon: A few things leap out. Firstly, …

Tools and Services for eBay Sellers

Here are some tools and services that have caught my eye recently that should be of use to online retailers and eBay sellers. Parcel Checker eBay sellers have to take a keen, even obsessive, interest in postage services and couriers. It’s one way that sellers can stay competitive and provide that vital 5 star service …

eBay: Don’t you think it looks and feels tired?

eBay has been part of my life since I first worked for the company in July 1999. In all those years, I’ve usually been selling something and certainly buying something each month. My selling goes in fits and starts. And for the first time in ages, over the past few weeks, I’ve been having a …

eBay Europe vs eBay.co.uk

TameBay have confirmed what’s been rumoured for some time: eBay offices across Europe will close, teams are merging, jobs will be lost and operations are being streamlined and centralised in London and Switzerland. eBay Inc. announced in October that circa 10% of jobs would be cut from a marketplaces workforce of approx 10k. The good …

eBay: Can ‘diamonds’ be forever?

eBay’s level-playing field was one of the features that marked it aside from the competition and set it on course for phenomenal success. The level-playing field promised equality of opportunity rather than equality of outcome and the same fees and rules for all. If there were benefits or incentives, they were transparent and obtainable on …

Check out Picclick.com

I’ve been enjoying picclick.com. It’s a shame they don’t have a UK site (but they’re working on it) and I’d hardly call it perfect (some of the image quality is shabby) but it’s a fun way of dicing/slicing/enhancing the eBay search experience. Here’s a search I did for Dr Who items that kept me absorbed …

Not eBay’s VAT Announcement

Like many people (see TameBay), I’m staggered by eBay’s breathtakingly arrogant post regarding VAT. You’ll recall that the government announced Monday last that VAT would be reduced from 17.5% to 15% for 13 months starting Monday next. With customers firmly in mind, late Wednesday eBay made an Announcement on a change that will impact many …

The Sunday Times on eBay Shill Bidding

eBay fraud is big news. It does happen, of course it does, but it’s nowhere close to the sensational levels that warrant a front page expose in the Sunday Times. You can read the article here. I certainly don’t think shill bidding is ‘widespread’. In fact, in my experience with eBay, shill bidding is not …