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Friday, June 24, 2005

eBay To Change Some Policies

After months of complaints from its sellers, it's clear that eBay is finally paying more attention. On Thursday night, CEO Meg Whitman extended some olive branches, drawing big cheers during her keynote at the company's eBay Live! member conference in San Jose.

For one, she and Bill Cobb, president of eBay North America, announced are ways to make shipping easier for both sellers and buyers, such as eliminating a 20-cent charge per preprinted shipping label and adding the shipping cost to the results of product searches. They also announced several changes to eBay's feedback system, by which buyers and sellers rate each other. Among other things, buyers won't be able to leave so-called retaliatory negative ratings if they don't pay for an item, and sellers will be barred from doing the same thing if they don't ship the item they promised.

Whether all that mollifies sellers miffed at fee hikes last February and what they see as declining customer service remains to be seen. But sellers after the keynote said the moves are promising.

Whitman also shed some light on the recent flurry of acquisitions and investments in new selling venues. "We want to help you grow, even off the eBay marketplace," she told the crowd of thousands of sellers. "This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for you and your businesses and, we believe, for eBay as well. eBay wants to be not only the best site but the best solution provider for sellers."

2 comments:

Vicious Summer said...

What a load of crap. None of those things save me a penny as an eBay seller. And, as I review profit and loss reports, I'm going to have to pull dozens of items from eBay because of the fee hike. Ebay's greed is going to come around and bite them in the ass...

Anonymous said...

What ebay needs is CUSTOMER SERVICE THAT WORKS!!!!!!!!!! Ebay has the best song and dance program in the world. Their customer service is so sharp that any moron can read a script and say unfoturnately. The most used word at ebay. This means we are about to be screwed!!!!!!No retun phone calls, not contact info. and a customer service department of puppets with their strings being jerked!!!! They can not, will not, and not allowed to think out of the box. The bigger they are the harder they fall