The Ebay Rag Mag

August 3, 2008

“A very scary trend I am seeing from ebays biggest powersellers!”

“A very scary trend I am seeing from ebays biggest powersellers!”

An unnamed powerseller writes to his peers that he is begining to see a pattern in the amount of Shooting Star (long standing high volume sellers)  sellers that are increasingly becoming unregistered users within the last few weeks.

Within the discussion several fellow powersellers speculate the possible reasons behind the sudden increase:

1)  Ebay is attempting to weed out the smaller seller to make room for the larger, corporate type of business such as Buy.com.

2)  Higher volume Powersellers are choosing to leave Ebay for greener Pasteur’s i.e. their own websites, taking their regular Ebay buyers with them.

3) Higher volume and (or) larger Powersellers are incapable of changing their sales strategy quickly enough to keep up with Ebays fast paced changes, and begin the spiral into a forced the No Longer A Registered Userstatus.   The constant change in the set of variables is driving them into bankruptcy or major disorganisation at the very least.

* One seller points out to another that the way to know if a seller has been forced into closure or if it was an elected decision is because the seller who chooses to unregister his business name, the name will change to to a series of mixed letters and numbers,  but if they are forced into the No Longer A Registered User status their business name appears unchanged.

4)   The “enhanced ebay buyer experience” which offers sellers nothing less than higher fees,  a dramatic decrease in customer service for sellers by ebay support,  less and less concern by Ebay for fraudulent buying,  and “devious games to chase the last dime of final value fees from ebay sellers and totally dishonest, one way feedback that encourages buyer fraud”.

Over-all, the sellers can agree that Ebay has become a volatile place to be running a business at this time, and with each day that passes they never know what slap in the face they will be getting tomorrow.

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  1. http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/tiffany-appeal-ruling-ebay-counterfeit-goods/story.aspx?guid=%7BA1286DAE-7003-454E-9FA5-06FB948DA9C8%7D&dist=msr_1

    Tiffany to appeal ruling in eBay counterfeit suit

    By Benjamin Pimentel, MarketWatch

    Last update: 11:48 a.m. EDT Aug. 11, 2008SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Tiffany & Co. has appealed a federal judge’s ruling in favor of eBay Inc. in a dispute over the sale of counterfeit goods via the online auction site, the high-end jeweler said Monday.

    The company (TIF:Tiffany & Co.
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    TIF 43.03, +1.80, +4.4%) is challenging a U.S. District Court’s ruling that San Jose, Calif.-based eBay (EBAY:ebay inc com
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    EBAY 26.83, +0.47, +1.8%) is not responsible for monitoring the infringement of the the Tiffany trademark. Read more.
    In a statement, Patrick Dorsey’s, Tiffany’s general counsel, said, “Unfortunately, the trial court incorrectly held that trademark holders and not eBay are responsible for policing the eBay site. The effect of this is that eBay can continue to profit at the expense of consumers and trademark holders.”
    Dorsey argued that “eBay should be compelled to investigate and take action to protect its customers and stop the illegal conduct.”
    However, in ruling in favor of eBay, U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan said the court was “not unsympathetic to Tiffany and other rights-owners who have invested enormous resources in developing their brands, only to see them illicitly and efficiently exploited by others on the Internet.”
    But he also said, “The law is clear: It is the trademark owner’s burden to police its mark.”
    Tiffany, which sued eBay in 2004, said 73% of of “a random sample of supposed Tiffany silver jewelry offered on eBay was counterfeit.”
    Earlier this year, it was eBay doing the appealing, vowing to go back to court after a judge in Paris ruled that eBay must pay French luxury-goods producer LVMH (LVMUY:lvmh moet hennessy lou vuitton adr
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    LVMUY 37.00, +1.71, +4.9%) about $63 million in connection with the sale of fake merchandise via its site. See full story.
    Benjamin Pimentel is a MarketWatch reporter based in San Francisco.

    Comment by lumcinturf — August 11, 2008 @ 4:53 pm | Reply


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