The eBay UK Bulletin: Issue 238, 20th January 2012
Topics in this issue:
1. eBay news – Please don’t tell us
2. Watch those item specifics
3. Quick PayPal spoof
4. Ask Molly – Cameras or cake craft?
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of ‘The eBay UK Bulletin’.
I had a bit of a shock this morning whilst checking my daily stats – I noticed that my Power-seller colour had changed on my dashboard; it should be gold, now its silver! On closer inspection it is actually Platinum, what a relief. The Elves were pleased, had a quick cup of tea and went back to playing with their toys.
In the bulletin this week is a warning about item specifics that might just catch you out. And some advice on cake craft!
[For details of this newsletter, please scroll down to the end.]
1. EBAY NEWS – PLEASE DON’T TELL US
I am a law-abiding eBay trader and try not to break any rules. OK so I might bend a few now and then, but nothing blatant. I was a bit upset a few weeks back when I inadvertently listed a duplicate item. I was even more upset when it was removed and a minor violation added to my account. My fault, I should have been more alert.
Anyway with the bit between my teeth I now report any duplicate listings I find. I am not a vindictive person, I only report those sellers who are competing with me and breaking the rules. This reply from eBay winged its way into HQ.
I’ve looked into your report. Be assured, all sellers are required to follow the duplicate listings policy. However, because we have just started to enforce this update to the policy it will take us some time to remove all the duplicate listings on eBay. We ask that you be patient as we work to find all listings that breach our policy and make sure members understand our new guidelines.
Also, please note that currently, we do not take action on reports of listings for breach of this policy. However, you can report listings that you feel are in breach of other policies to us and we will take the appropriate action on them.”
What a waste of time, I don’t think I’ll bother anymore.
2. WATCH THOSE ITEM SPECIFICS
Have you or any of your readers fallen foul of the changes to the way item specifics are implemented? If not, it may help to be aware of them.
First, eBay have removed the option of a blank entry for some categories, e.g. date. This item in particular defaults to pre-1840, so unless whoever is listing spots this the date could be wrong.
Now, the solution to this is if you want a blank date is to remove this option altogether. Sounds simple and is, until you want to either revise, re-list or sell similar.
When you do any these things, it then re-enters all the specifics you have removed!!
Not an issue if you only have a few listings, but a real time consumer if you have lots to do.
Whoever is listing has to check the item specifics and remove any items that had previously been added by eBay.
I have spoken to eBay and the agent I spoke to was escalating it to whoever deals with these things. I think she called it ‘business needs’.
I’d be interested to hear anyone else’s experience and if it is a problem I would urge them to contact eBay.”
Trevorntl – http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Wrington-Online-Shop
I have indeed noticed this. My listings for electric fuses, which now nestle nicely with toys in the new shop, includes an item specific stating that each fuse is ‘one Amp’. Every time I add a new variant, a real pain. Hopefully this is just a short-lived blip.
3. QUICK PAYPAL SPOOF
This spoof is doing the rounds so watch out for it. There are no graphics in the email which is titled ‘Alert: Suspicious Payment’.
Note the incorrect spelling of process, the lack of the word ‘Dear’ and does anyone know what ‘Ł18.00 GBP’ means [Ed - even the HH editorial department would be disappointed to let this many mistakes slip through]?
You Made A Payment to www.thetattooshop.co.uk .
Your Ł18.00 GBP payment is in pending proccess.
If you didn’t make this payment please login as soon as you receive this message and request a refund.
Purchase Protection Department.
The link underneath the PayPal address is actually ‘http://200.x14x.37.67/vextra/index.html’ – looks like it could be somebody other than PayPal to me.
If you have seen a decent spoof lately, please let me know – Mollybol@ebaybulletin.co.uk
4. ASK MOLLY – CAMERAS OR CAKE CRAFT?
I’ve been tinkering with eBay for around 12 years now and have been selling odds and ends for the last year or so, gradually getting reduced stock from different supermarkets, etc.
After joining eSources and being supplied with a copy of your book, I really want to take my eBay adventure to the next level.
The point of my mail is really to ask how did you find your wholesaler and how did you strike up a relationship with them?
FYI – my chosen stock is either digital cameras or cake craft items.”
This is a question that pops up quite often and it can be difficult to find the correct wholesaler especially when so many people are turning to eBay as a source of income.
eSources were great for me, I found and still have two good suppliers and although I do not spend a great deal of money with them at the moment, I do still get the phone when new stock arrives.
Having more than one source of stock has to be a good idea and it can be found in the most unlikely places. I have written much on this subject in past bulletins, all of which are now [Ed – finally] loaded onto the website www.ebaybulletin.co.uk – it might be worth making a large pot of coffee and wading through them.
One quick pointer for acquiring stock is to approach your local market traders who often get lines which they want to shift in one go. Here a full breakfast and several cups of tea usually breaks the ice.
I would be tempted to opt for cake craft items. It is a subject I know nothing about but I like the sound of it as opposed to digital cameras. I still believe that selling something you know all about is the way to go. The camera market is very competitive with currently 70,000 listings and could be ‘high risk’ to you as they are quite expensive and could be the target for scammers.
I would again check through all the competition in both areas and also consider that eBay does apply restrictions to new sellers in certain categories. Cameras may be one, I can’t believe that cake craft would be.
If you have a question about eBay or home working in general, please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org – I will reply personally to every e-mail I receive and remember, there are FREE copies of my book available for the best questions, tips, or stories.
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That’s all for this week. Check out www.ebaybulletin.co.uk for the latest news from Molly HQ.
Good news for all readers who have been patiently waiting for the next literary work to emerge from HQ. I have finally been persuaded [Ed – bribed] to pen my 100 top eBay tips and the draft is at this moment being decimated by Craig (who also edits this newsletter and very well too).
It is likely to be available on Kindle in the near future; I’ll keep you informed. And in the meantime remember that the Kindle version of The eBay Business Handbook is available now for JUST £3.00! It has been flying off the virtual shelves – do you have your copy yet?
Best wishes and happy eBaying
Author of the bestselling title, ‘The eBay Business Handbook’ – available direct from the publishers: www.harriman-house.com/ebaybusiness