on 20-05-2017 8:55 AM
Question: "is this constant changing and fiddling about by ebay causing the biggest decline in sales I've known"
Answer: NO. This has nothing to do with ebay - the biggest decline in sales you have ever known is due to the mother of all recessions you will hear about in the news in a few months time. Drop your prices and sell what you can now whilst there is still money to be had from the table.
Don't let the 'perceived' value of something stop you from selling it.
Yes - but dropping your prices to off-load stock is a desperate measure.
I could do that if I needed to as everthing I sell has an extremely high profit margin on it. I don't know what items/products you sell as your posting account is private - but many sellers buy stock from wholesale sources which can give them a margin of between 30% and 50% before fees.
Basically you are advocating a "fire sale" strategy for ebay sellers who are not doing very well.
on 20-05-2017 12:58 PM
Same here I usually sell around 20-30 items a week, and now i am lucky if i sell 1 every two days! Don't know what has happened, but likewise, i don't want to buy/list more stock if i can't sell it
on 20-05-2017 1:16 PM
2 years ago - £450 per week every week give or take £5
1 year ago - Instant drop to £200 per week every week give or take £5
2 months ago - Intstant drop to £50 per week every week give or take £2
Speak to Ebay 2 years ago - There's nothing wrong, it's just coincidence that you have £450 per week sales every week,
never £250, never £750
Speak to Ebay 1 year ago - There's nothing wrong, it's just coincidence that you have £200 per week sales every week,
never £100, never £500
Speak to ebay this week, err forget it - dropping to basic shop & spending the £50 saving on Google ads
on 20-05-2017 2:26 PM
My wife is a private seller and she has been limited to £50 a week give or take a few quid for the last eight month . Roughly £415 to £430 every 60 days it never varies . If it is coming up to her 60 day period and she is below that amount she suddenly sells something to take her to that amount . She can almost guarantee what amount the next items will sell for to hit that target . Never any more or never any less she thinks this is her limited allowance .
on 20-05-2017 2:34 PM
There's never any sneaky goings on on Ebay but over the last 4 years as
a small business seller
for the £450 a week time period mentioned above, if I hit that in 4 days my sales stopped for the next 3.
if I was short on day 7, sales would come in late to get me there.
Same with £200 a week period mentioned above.
Pretty irrelevant at the moment with next to no sales
on 20-05-2017 6:33 PM
As I have thought for a good while now, manipulated. A shop on a street dos'nt have a guy outside stopping people coming in when your up to your unknown! sales limit. Is this even legal!!!, can it be proved? I think I am going to slowly run things down here, no relisting and try and warn others via as many platforms as possible. I will be visiting the local tonight, I think the seed sowing will start there.
How many signs do we all need before the penny starts to drop, if my limit is 50, 100 or 200 a month I would sooner not have it than have this paranoid feeling im being controlled. Must admit the sale and enquiries I have had which are few have not been worth the hassle, think my items have been shown in muppetville just recently. Not to worry onwards and upwards folks, something always comes up.
20-05-2017 6:40 PM - edited 20-05-2017 6:41 PM
I was really suspicious with these limits that many people talk about
but more and more often Im experiencing same limits
sometime individual listings sometime the whole account get restricted, last 1 month my whole account had restricted sales
and the selling patterns..... ebay may refuse about switching on/off listings but here is the reality - full 24 hours 0 sales then 2 sales within few seconds of each other, on 2 different listings from 2 different buyers
this cant be a coincidence....
same time one of my competitors have regular sales during the whole day
I dont know what ebay do, intentionally or not, but in both cases they just dont care
on 20-05-2017 6:40 PM
20-05-2017 6:46 PM - edited 20-05-2017 6:47 PM
true.... but Im not sure if they really can do what they want
in the past 3 years the reality do not meet their intentions
more technical glitches than improvements
more talking than working - they say we do care, but then do nothing when problems are reported, duplicates not removed, technical glitches not fixed for years, and many policy breaches also ignored completely...
on 20-05-2017 6:51 PM
on 20-05-2017 8:48 PM
on 21-05-2017 10:51 AM
If they are limiting how many sales you can have then I'm really in the mire, I've only had the three sales last week, 1 monday, 1 wednesday and 1 thursday, nothing since, I've been well and truly switched off and shafted, ebay fees up = sales down!
on 21-05-2017 12:19 PM
The knock on effect is starting to show.
I am located in a rural area with a number of small villages, mid size and a couple of larger villages all within a 15 mile radius. At the end of the street lives a lady and her husband that collect parcels for a well known courier company, every morning a mid size truck then collects the parcels and off they go. I called in to see her yesterday evening and things are looking bleak, her daily collections have fallen off a cliff, from 40 to 60 parcels a day down to 10 to 20 over the past six weeks. She knows and sees the same customers almost on a daily bases, she had concerns they had started using another courier company. All have said no, we simply have no sales and hence nothing to collect. She fears it will not be long before her employer decides not to have a collection service in this area, her job and her husbands gone. Leaving many people with the task of taking there parcels into town to a pick up location and eventually not bothering at all. Sad state of affairs, lets hope things pick up soon.
on 21-05-2017 12:48 PM
21-05-2017 2:34 PM - edited 21-05-2017 2:36 PM
with all that ebay silence (and some time lies) on the selling patterns and selling limits make me think that this may not be very legal - I dont know how the unfair competition law is affecting them, but they dont care much about tha laws so it could be something else, they probably know that it is at least unfair
all information they provide is not working at all, I did try all they advice - top rated seller, free postage, 30 days returns, all seems to be false information, nothing improve the sales, actually I lost my top rated seller for 2 months, and I was selling almost double than usual
I will agree with such restrictions - for example for poor performing sellers, but no, as above standard Im selling more, some competitors with 99% feedback also sell more while I have 100 without negative or neutral, and still badly affected by restrictions
it is all fishy here, hiding what they are doint mean only 2 things
1. they have no clue what they have done, and just dont care that they push away the good sellers, and only scammers will be left in future
2. they are scared to share the information because they clearly know it is unfair to support the scammers while the good sellers suffer with all effort they put to improve their service
on 21-05-2017 8:52 PM
my first ever weekend with 0 sales in 1 years trading on here , i have now started removing my stock from this site and placing on sites were i actually get sales , next time shop fees are due i am closing mine for good
22-05-2017 12:14 AM - edited 22-05-2017 12:19 AM
Sales down roughly 30% every month for the last 3 months, to the point where if sales drop much further I'll probably not even break even. Things weren't good even before the fees increased. Having a Featured Shop is no longer financially sustainable for me, so I'll wait until just before the next subscription is due and drop back down to a Basic Shop. If it's still not working then I'll shift everything over to the other specialist collectibles site based in Luxembourg. If I have to have stock sitting unsold it may as well be on a site which only charges me fees when sales are made. I sell vintage postcards and although it's true that the other site only has half as many postcards listed as eBay, both globally and in the UK, I think that ratio will decrease as dealers leave eBay. I have numbers of stock in five figures, so that alone would close the gap quite noticeably. No limits of the number of listings over there either.