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November 22nd, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

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Online auction listings down 13% in boycott of eBay

EBay is the dominant player in a worldwide market whose growth is slowing.
Year Sales (1) % of total retail sales
2005 $22 1.0%
2006 $26 1.1%
2007 $30 1.3%
2008 $34 1.4%
2009 $38 1.4%
2010 $42 1.5%
2011 $45 1.5%
2012 $47 1.5%
1 – in billions; Note: 2008-2012 are projections; Source: Jupiter Research
Online auction listings down 13% in boycott of eBay
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By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO — The biggest boycott by eBay (EBAY) sellers concludes Monday, capping a week of acrimony after the online-auction site raised fees and changed its feedback policy.

Auction listings on eBay.com dropped some 13% since the strike started Feb. 18 to about 13 million items, according to third-party tracking sites such as dealscart.com and medved.net.

The boycott, amid slowing growth and intensifying competition from Amazon and Google, could presage a challenging year for John Donahoe, eBay’s incoming CEO, say analysts.

Like dozens of other boycotts against eBay the past few years, this protest is largely over pricing changes. Though many previous boycotts have fizzled after a few days, the most recent gained more attention through protest-related actions on YouTube and MySpace.

“If (eBay’s listings total) falls below 12 million, we’ve made a pretty good impact,” said Nancy Baughman, an eBay PowerSeller who deals antiques and collectibles. She is also co-author of a book on online auctions.

Jim Griffith, dean of eBay Education, declined to comment on third-party statistics, and said that the site’s internal statistics show the boycott “has had no impact on our listings.” EBay does not publicly release its listings totals.

Fluctuations in eBay’s listings can be hard to interpret due to seasonal swings. Complicating matters, eBay ran a one-day promotion Feb. 13 offering steep discounts of fees, which pushed listings up more than 20%.

Still, the impact of the boycott is evident, says David Steiner, president of AuctionBytes.com, a publication for online merchants. “The protestors made a loud statement.”

Donahoe, who becomes eBay’s CEO in March, recently announced changes to the fees eBay charges. The cost to list items will be cut 25% to 50%, but the commission that eBay charges for completed sales increased, starting last Wednesday. As of May, sellers will no longer be able to leave negative feedback comments for buyers.

“When I heard the changes, I thought it was April Fool’s Day,” Valerie Lennert, one of the boycott organizers, says, referring to the changes in fees and feedback. She sells doll clothes on eBay.

Lennert has spread her message with an anti-eBay video on YouTube. The video has been viewed 140,000 times. The protestors also created a MySpace page.

Despite the protest, eBay is not considering altering or postponing its policies, Griffith says. “A lot of deliberation went into these decisions,” he says.


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  1. trex24680
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #1

    prick ebay need …
    ebay need look at there own feedback ??????

  2. TheRudeAmerican
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #2

    No they won’t… I …
    No they won’t… I withdraw my money every time I make a sale. LOL

  3. TheRudeAmerican
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #3

    Griff, you’re an …
    Griff, you’re an for hanging up on that woman. “Sorry, that’s not going to change.” So what is the purpose of Griff’s piss-poor radio show if eBay doesn’t even listen to it or the sellers’ concerns? Is it to make the sellers feel like an open forum exists to vent? What good will that do if the people who make the changes don’t give a damn?

  4. Steven Verdekel
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #4

    Open up a second …
    Open up a second eBay account. You may need a second bank account to do this, but you can do it.

  5. Steven Verdekel
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #5

    What a DICK.
    What a DICK.

  6. mrxchucky
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #6

    people talking only …
    people talking only about feedback what about ebay awful coustomer service i’m a new seller with 13 good feed back i sell good come to realize it ebay start me out so bad with seller limit ebay allow me to only sell 5 item com on 5 item of so much item to sell any way my girl call them to raise or selling lmt they say that we of to wait 90 day 19day’s with no job to pay my bill i need some money now to help me i’m not a kid selling on ebay I of rent to pay to much rule’s change some to inscr

  7. Cheburashka2715
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #7

    They don’t have a policy to rate packaging in which items are shipped. You have a partial recourse if you paid for the shipping, then you can rate S&H low 1-star. Guess what happens when you get FREE SHIPPING – think you strike a deal? Wrong! You’ll get your purchase in a crappy package and can’t even complain. Can’t return it if your item is as described. Eat it.

  8. Cheburashka2715
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #8

    Contrary to the …
    Contrary to the popular belief, feedbacks left for the others are NOT confidential. If a feedback left is other than positive, the giver of such will be eaten up alive on eBay Boards aka Discussion Forums. All the feedbacks can be tracked back to whoever left them. And if one sets up their feedback record to PRIVATE, this means nothing, as they all can be obtained by a simple way of a mouse click. To make matters worse, all the fb can be tracked on toolhaus site.

  9. CorporateRule
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #9

    What a bunch of …
    What a bunch of fucking unemployed lowlife whiners.
    eBay rocks!

  10. mrprogjazzgto
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #10

    Ebay Corp. …
    Ebay Corp. EXTORTION.!!: Examples that aren’t Feedback extortion

    A buyer says he or she will leave negative Feedback or low detailed seller ratings (DSRs) unless the seller accepts a return and pays for return shipping.

    A buyer says he or she will leave negative Feedback or DSRs unless the seller gives a full or partial refund for an item.

    A buyer feels the shipping costs are too high and says he or she will leave negative Feedback or DSRs unless the seller lowers the shipping costs.

  11. sallanne123rt
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #11

    don’t list on ebay. …
    don’t list on ebay. When they go bankrupt they will take your money via paypal. Watchout!

  12. Stacey Arnold
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #12

    What a jackass. …
    What a jackass. It’s basically like “well we don’t care if the small seller is what made us who we are” and “we’re going to do what the we want anyway” Ebay is already in the midst of its slow demise.

  13. ArcadeGames
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #13

    What an ass…
    What an ass…

  14. ascender555
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #14

    The last question …
    The last question she asked concerned the inability of sellers to leave appropriate feedback. He wasn’t about to entertain that one. What a grade-A Chicken-$h!+. Of all the idiotic changes made last year, that was undoubtedly the worst one that sent the most number of sellers packing. Now Ebay has to point to StubHub or PayPal to find profits.

  15. checazzovolete
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #15

    They just kicked …
    They just kicked her off the air when she started the really important questions… Ugh

  16. Portugesepuppy
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #16

    He doesn’t get it, …
    He doesn’t get it, what an asshole. Ebay and stockholders will suffer & sellers and buyers who stick with those losers. All my life, in my working career I’ve seen the biggest screw ups come from management, who only see what they want to, and when the up comes to light, they pretend that it wasn’t them.
    I was a ebay seller with 100% positive feedback not 99.9,
    and they are walking away from my buisness. what a bunch of assholes. He’s like an ostrich sticking his head in the ground.

  17. ozgood1x
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #17

    Griff SUPER SUCKS ! …
    Griff SUPER SUCKS ! ! !
    He told his Goons to delete my listings because they had a link to my website.
    That’s how people knew I was legitimate.
    He’s SUCH a BUTT.
    I hope they FIRE him !

  18. cappnonymous
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #18

    It looks like eb …
    It looks like eb just lost a platinum level powerseller over a $2 feedback extortion attempt.
    Read comments at Ebay Feedback Extortion Scam Fraud Ring Exposed video.


    Good job Mr. Donahoe! Great job Uncle Griff! Keep up the good work!
    Everyone loves you both!

  19. ozgood1x
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #19

    “Griff” ….
    Do ya …

    “Griff” ….
    Do ya think it’s time to go back to FLEA MARKETING now ? :o)
    I Must Say, You have no future at Ebay.
    Come with us
    Let Donahoe RUST.

  20. mi6QBranch
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #20

    Friff should be …
    Friff should be investigated for insider trading. JAILTIME Griffy Ol Boy!

  21. gmajorspresents
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #21

    Trust Griff???????? …
    Trust Griff?????????????????????? Who is Griff? I never heard of him outside of sleezebay. Ebay radio, what a joke

  22. ozgood1x
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #22

    He’s the …

    He’s the Consumate YES Man.

  23. ouiouimoi
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #23

    Watch the videos on …
    Watch the videos on You Tube of Griff “entertaining” the crowd at Chicago 2008. On second thought…don’t. It will make you lose your lunch. 🙂

  24. uscgx2
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #24

    Griff is still a …
    Griff is still a fraud.

  25. Rug13y
    November 22nd, 2012 at 08:13 | #25

    Spot on! Ebay gave …
    Spot on! Ebay gave him a backhander!

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