Griff gave an overview of today’s show and introduced the eBay Radio News with Lee Mirabal. Stories include changes to final value and insertion fees in the Guitars & Basses category; artists on eBay; and the Shawn Carter Foundation’s eBay for Charity auctions. Griff and Lee reminded listeners to remove active content from their listings before next week (June 1). Lee shared her newest “Advice for the Entrepreneur” tip.
Griff and Lee read “Why You Must Learn to Delegate – And How To Do It”, adapted from a post by Rieva Lesonsky at http://blog.fundinggates.com. Pricing changes detailed in the 2017 Spring Seller Update (http://www.ebay.com/sellerupdate) go into effect next Monday, May 1.
Lee reminded listeners to check out Episode 7 of eBay’s Open for Business podcast, which drops today. It’s titled “Hiring, Firing and Scaling…Creating a Workplace Culture”. To listen and subscribe via iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher or RSS feed, go to http://www.ebay.com/openforbusiness. Cindy, San Diego CA (pattycyn), asked about using watermarks on her photos.
Open phones, Contact Us email and more: John Lee, eBay’s Director of Pricing & Monetization, and Marci Thurston, Senior Manager of Pricing & Monetization, stayed on to talk fee changes with Griff and Lee as well as to take calls. Sharon,Freemont OH (cookiesparadiso), is not happy with the changes to her free listings in the 2015 Spring Seller Update.Mesha, Des Moine, NM (classysoles) had a photography question for Griff.
Price change: unlimited insertion fee credits for auction-style listings that end in a sale! Our guests are John Lee, eBay’s Director of Pricing & Monetization, and Marci Thurston, Senior Manager, Pricing & Monetization.
Optimizing eBay fees with Coach Jack! Our guests are Coach Jack Darton, Senior Manager, eBay Seller Experience, and Maria Lambert (eBay ID kristinalambert). Coach Jack anaylzed Maria’s listing strategies in light of the new fee initiatives contained in the 2015 Spring Seller Update and discussed her format mix and duration with her. To have your account considered for analysis by Coach Jack, please send email with your seller ID and any pertinent details you want to share to [email protected]
Ed, Corning NY (eds-e-threads), wondered about the fee and listing feature changes going into effect tomorrow (May 1) as part of the Spring Seller Update. Griff urged sellers to read and the update carefully. Links to the 2015 Spring Seller Update overview page plus 2 additional pages with more details can be found in eBay Radio’s Seller Bookmarks, located under the Seller Resource tab in the eBay Radio Archives.
Top-Rated Seller Wendell, Los Angeles CA (wildshrooms), called regarding photos disappearing from his listings after 24-28 hours. Lee read from the Community Calendar Events. Lee read current events from the eBay Radio Seller Events Calendar, located under Seller Resources in the eBay Radio archives. To submit your sellers group meetup or other event, click on “Submit a Seller Event” in the upper right-hand corner of any archives page.
Griff and Lee discussed the Spring Seller Update’s fee and listing feature changes, which go into effect tomorrow, May 1. In addition Griff told us about an exciting new eBay Radio feature that launches next Tuesday, May 5, starring Coach Jack (Jack Dalton, eBay’s Senior Analyst for Pricing). Coach Jack will take a look behind the scenes at the back end of your eBay store or listings and suggest ways to tweak your selling strategies to save you money and hopefully increase your views and conversions. To have your store or listings considered for review by Coach Jack, send email ASAP to [email protected] with your eBay seller ID.
Lee also announced that there will be an eBay webinar next Wednesday, May 6, on Promotions Manager, the new tool for eBay Store subscribers; register now (because these webinars sell out quickly) at http://www.ebay.com/webinars.
Be sure to enter the Original Hipster Mom Sweepstakes before May 10, for a chance to win $1,000 and a Mother’s Day feature on eBay’s home page. Just follow @eBay on Instagram; post a picture of your mom with hash tags #eBayOGHipsterMom and #sweeps; and tell eBay why your mother is the original hipster mom.
Product identifiers are key to helping your items get found by search engines, and the 2015 Spring Seller Update will make them mandatory later this year. Our guests are Balaji Parthasarathy, eBay’s Senior Product Manager of Structured Data, and Darren Akiva, eBay’s Content Product Manager of Structured Data. They stayed on after their interview to take questions during Open Phones.
Edie, Santa Monica CA (dress_to_suit), asked about UPC codes on clothing items. 82-year-old caller Ron, East Liverpool OH (bolts3), wondered how the fee and feature changes will affect him as an Anchor Store subscriber. Dan, Claremont FL (12betty5881), asked about the refunding of insertion fees for auction items that sell the first vs. the second time they’re listed and also wanted to know if it was possible to opt out of a store subscription since eBay has changed the terms of that subscription.