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Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« on: March 08, 2012, 11:46:20 PM »
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Over the past few years, Ebay has taken steps to turn away sellers of collectibles, and focus solely on big brand retailers. With each new seller update, it's come to be expected that sellers of collectibles will see increased fees and new hurdles to overcome. Whether it be fee increases, being forced to accept PayPal, being charged final value fees on shipping costs, or new rules which make absolutely no sense when applied to collectibles, Ebay continues to make it clear they don't want collectible on their site anymore.

However, with their latest announcement, once the sugar coating was cut through, even we were shocked by how far they've gone this time! If you're currently a seller on Ebay of stamps, postcards and other collectibles, it's likely that you're a Top Rated Seller, as long as you maintain a relatively high feedback rating. Two of the main benefits that Top Rate Sellers on Ebay enjoy is a boost in search results, and on average a 20% discount on final value fees. However, for collectible sellers that's all about to change!

By May, almost every Top Rated Seller on Ebay in the collectible categories will lose their Top Rated Seller Status, and many will instantly see a fee increase of 20%! This is mainly due to the fact that all sellers on Ebay will be required to upload tracking information for at least 90% of their shipments to remain a Top Rate Seller! This means that if you sell a stamp or postcard, and send it in a plain envelope without tracking information you'll lose your Top Rated Status! Obviously this new requirement doesn't make any sense for collectibles, but that's the point - to force out collectibles, and collectible buyers and sellers like you. Even if you do spend enormous amounts of time and money to add tracking information to your shipments, you'll likely still lose your discount, because you'll also need to ensure that all orders are shipped out within one business day! Even if you're only a buyer of collectibles, these large cost increases will need to be passed along to you by the seller, so it's truly a grim situation for collectibles on Ebay.

While these new changes are truly shocking, but the good news is that you have until May to abandon Ebay, and move to bidStart if you've not already done so. Easily import (or sync) your entire inventory from Ebay to bidStart using our Import/Sync from Ebay feature. It takes only a minute of your time to set up, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Additionally, if you still have friends selling collectibles on Ebay, make sure they know about these upcoming changes, and send them over to bidStart - the Collectibles Marketplace!

For more information on Ebay's latest changes, see their 2012 Spring Seller Update page


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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2012, 08:28:48 AM »
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 Additionally, if you still have friends selling collectibles on Ebay, make sure they know about these upcoming changes, and send them over to bidStart - the Collectibles Marketplace!

Email from Bidstart.
I've not heard of them.
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Tried and True site?
Stats for site?

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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2012, 09:17:31 AM »
Bidstart is heavy in stamps, postcards, sportscards, and the like.

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http://www.powersellersunite.com/auctionsitewatch.php doesn't list them, for reasons unknown, since they're second only to ebaY.

Aside:  They show buyitsellit, with 1 (no typo) listing.  :poke
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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2012, 09:51:16 AM »
That's the link I trust:
http://www.powersellersunite.com/auctionsitewatch.php

The below have been ongoing for spanning the last decade:
fee increases, being forced to accept PayPal (that came in a few years back), being charged final value fees on shipping costs,

I sincerely don't believe that eBay is trying to "remove" collectibles as your titling of the thread states.
I find the title of the thread misleading as the email clearly states it comes from a competitor Bidstart trashing one of it's biggest competitors.

That's my take on it and you don't have to agree with me.

Collectibles are good $$$.

eBay is where I go first to shop for collectibles and second I visit Google Shopping and eBay/Amazon normally are at the top. 

Re: BuyitSellit is now Highwire and isn't an auction site.
Highwire is a buy only site...no auctions.

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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2012, 02:03:09 PM »
They list ecrater, which was never an auction site.
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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2012, 02:47:43 PM »
I checked the sports collectibles section at Bidstart and it is 97% garbage.

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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2012, 02:49:43 PM »
They list ecrater, which was never an auction site.
Non-issue.
It shouldn't be offered either.

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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2012, 02:50:11 PM »
I checked the sports collectibles section at Bidstart and it is 97% garbage.

Jeff

I trust your opinion, Jeff.
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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2012, 04:50:51 PM »
Let me clarify...by garbage I meant that for the most part it seemed to be things that you would find at the swap meet on Sunday.

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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2012, 12:42:28 AM »
97% of ebaY is garbage, too.
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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2012, 09:21:35 AM »
97% of ebaY is garbage, too.

Not true Fred...I would guess 80% is garbage, but the 20% is stuff that is really good and sometimes really hard to find.  As always, I am only commenting on collectibles I know something about.  The only other places to find really collectible sports memorabilia is at expensive auction houses or large shows.  eBay is truly the King (in terms of ease of use and many times affordability) for sports memorabilia. 

In the 10 minutes on BidStart, I didn't see one thing that wasn't common or crap.

Just my 2ยข.

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Re: Ebay's Dramatic Push to Remove Collectibles
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2012, 03:19:42 PM »
This change really does stink for certain types of sellers, I guess. I sell lots of small, lightweight items but I already ship First Class Parcel (or whatever it's called now) with DC, even for the smallest order. I haven't gotten to the point where I'm willing to trade risk of damage to the item for lower shipping costs (although I understand the reasoning and I understand that certain markets may be accustomed to both).

  

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