Monday, February 25, 2008

eBay Sellers Strike Worth Noticing

After the recent pricing and policy changes at eBay sellers went on strike forcing a 13% drop in new listings.

According to and, eBay auctions dropped to around 13 million since the strike began, amounting to an estimated 13 percent dent in listings overall.

An article from USAToday titled "Online auction listings down 13% in boycott of eBay", shows just how wide spread the boycott has reached. However it looks like it has made little impact on the "power to be" at Ebay.

Jim Griffith, dean of eBay Education, is quoted as saying that the site's internal statistics show the boycott "has had no impact on our listings." Despite the protest, eBay is not considering altering or postponing its policies, Griffith says. "A lot of deliberation went into these decisions."

Personally I don't see how they can ignore such a far reaching outcry from its sellers. They may be able to shrug of a small decline in auctions over a short term but there seems to be a big move away from eBay. I've seen many long term powersellers taking their business elsewhere.

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