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Akhtar Kasia

Akhtar Kasia

4 years ago

Great Article.

Using “Out Of Stock Inventory Control and scarcity” should be carefully thought upon. If customers are looking to purchase multiple quantities than instead of generating sales it will actually loose the sale.

I have bookmarked this article, and will be sharing with “Old School Ebayers”.

Carlo Silva

Carlo Silva

4 years ago

That is a good point Akhtar! Thanks for that and the clarification for the rest of the readers. Scarcity should only be used for items that people might not wanna buy multiple items of.

GB

GB

4 years ago

I want to build absolute trust with my customers, so I avoid gray-area business practices like falsifying quantities. One can list fewer items at a time and remain honest. Pretending I’m always almost sold out may give short term results, but in the long term people tend to figure these things out.

Gailete

Gailete

3 years ago

Sort of like the continual going out of business sales for years that low cost furniture sellers use! Nobody would believe that their prices are actual sale prices.

Chaminda Athapattu

Chaminda Athapattu

2 years ago

Actually they do. I have split tested this idea. Markdown Manager increased my sales.

Chaminda Athapattu

Chaminda Athapattu

2 years ago

Thanks Carlo,
I can vouch for scarcity.
I started using this (I am in Australia) and it increased my sales by 38%

Linenmill

Linenmill

2 years ago

will implement this in my eBay listing and will share my experience with you guys.
Anyway thank you for this informative article.

Patricia Beattie

Patricia Beattie

4 years ago

When you recommend ending GTC listings on eBay and relisting them if you have no sales over a 30 day period, do you means just relist them using the relist button? or do they have to be relisted using ‘similar item’. I had heard that just relisting them after ending them does not work so well, and I would like to know which is the most appropriate before I start all the hard work!

Akhtar Kasia

Akhtar Kasia

4 years ago

Patricia – I believe, when you relist, it has to create a new Ebay listing ID and not just relist on the old listing ID.

Patricia Beattie

Patricia Beattie

4 years ago

Many Thanks.

Carlo Silva

Carlo Silva

4 years ago

Hi Patricia,

You can use the re-list button as you will get a “new ebay item #” and this should re-set the history and metrics of the listing.

Fred Williams

Fred Williams

4 years ago

FYI: I have tested this and it DOES keep the same eBay ID if you just “relist” so you have to choose to sell similar and do a another listing.

WatchCount.com

WatchCount.com

4 years ago

Tip: If a seller is making regular use of point #8, they may consider applying to join eBay Partner Network which can generate sales commissions on affiliates traffic. Yes, you can indeed have eBay pay you sales commissions on traffic you send to your own eBay listings! (The source of the traffic is important, and ePN has certain rules around that, but generally traffic from social media sites is acceptable by ePN.)

Fred William

Fred William

4 years ago

A question I had about this. Alot of my friends on my social media outlets are dropshipping. Wouldnt this just open the door to people finding my store for the wrong reasons…example….stilling my products?

Sascha Ballweg

Sascha Ballweg

4 years ago

“9. Refresh RSS feeds” is not available in my german backend.
Maybe it´s not for basic-eBay-shop users?

Jesse

Jesse

4 years ago

Can’t find it in my English version either.

Michelle

Michelle

4 years ago

Question: I am a month into eBay and want to keep going. General advice on how to list as I have all types of items vintage, collectible, clothing, and then some brand new with a small quantity (but more than 1) short auctions better, how to relist in a way to not fall so far down in the search? Am I even going to be seen with buy now or good til cancel? Thank you and any eBay Amazon specific education you recommend? Have a good day, Michelle

WatchCount.com

WatchCount.com

4 years ago

Michelle: Skip McGrath’s newsletter and website is fantastic for serious in-the-trenches eBay and Amazon advice and guidance for small sellers. He’s been doing both for years and knows his stuff. Find his website, join his mailing list, and browse his back issues (all free) for great tips and strategies.

Patricia Beattie

Patricia Beattie

4 years ago

Hi,
With BIN fixed price listings I would list for 30 days then revue the listing and create a brand new listing number with the ‘selling similar item’, NOT relist. This way you will start again, and won’t be penalised by eBay for the viewer versus the buyer ratio. You won’t get charged any more and its just a little more hassle. Also it helps you to tweak listings to keep them relevant and check for small mistakes that can easily be made first time round.

Vic

Vic

4 years ago

For point # 2….how about listings that do have sales, but no sales in the last 30 days (or longer)?

judi

judi

4 years ago

how do you turn off the RSS feeds

Matt Brown

Matt Brown

4 years ago

re: more than search issues I’ve been an ebayer for over 15 yrs (serious buyer & seller) so I’ve seen it all. This article gives some tips for search optimization, but ebay voodoo is far more complicated than search issues. Example, in all the threads I’ve read regarding ebay issues during past few yrs, I haven’t seen a single comment on something that’s both obvious yet obscure…the item number…not even the studs at ecommercebytes have chimed in on this. Next time you’re on ebay, take some time to check a bunch of seller listings (past & present) and compare the (obscure) first 2 digits of the (obvious) 12 digit item listing with their feedback score, category range, location, sell-thru-rate, etc. I “casually” mentioned this to an ebay CSR last yr (I’d been waiting to get the right guy) who at first suggested it was some type of location prefix (seller location, server assignment, or ???) until he worked the system (from his side) and quickly concluded it some “other type” of 100 character index. I still hope that when JD & his goons depart that ebay reverts back to past core business of small sellers & buyers, since their biggest… Read more »

Michael

Michael

4 years ago

Okay, so I took your advice for #2 given that I have 2 similar listings (same item, different quantity) and they have been stuck at numbers 37-38 out of 40 on the eBay best match for months, and no sales for several weeks. Viola, NOTHING! Closing the GTC listings and restarting them put them exactly where they were before and now I have lost 2.5 years worth of sales history. THANKS FOR THE USELESS ADVICE! Maybe time to update your article?

Michael

Michael

4 years ago

To update my post, I even tried relisting the same items using the “Sell similar” link in order to generate a new item number (which did work), but the result was the same: both listings have exactly the same best match as before.

Carlo

Carlo

4 years ago

Hello Michael,

Thanks for reading the article. Just curious, did you change the listing in question? For example, before you re-list you should do market research and make sure that your listing is competitive against your competition. I mentioned in the article that you will need to get buyer engagement or else it will go to the bottom of search.

“Once re-listed, your listing will show up as a “new listing” and be on top of search. If the listing gets good buyer engagement, it will stay up at the top. If it gets bad buyer engagement, it will be pushed down in search”

If you didn’t update your listing to be competitive, or change anything I would try that and re-list again. Some things I would suggest are:

1. Optimize title for better keywords
2. Change up the description to be better then your competition
3. Add as many quality pictures as possible
4. Price it competitively or better yet, put the item on sale so its the lowest price on eBay and you can raise the price after you get a good amount of sales. This will generate buyer engagement.

I hope this helps and good luck.

Patricia

Patricia

4 years ago

Hi Michael,
I doesn’t always work, as you have discovered, but over time I have definitely seen an improvement in selling old stock I have had hanging around for ages. I do try to tweak the listings as well, even a couple of words reversed or an extra mention of a brand name can do the trick. Also try putting the items in a different but relevant category. Personally, I am also unpleasantly surprised by the number or times I realise I have made simple but important mistakes no doubt due to late nights and lack of sleep – I don’t drink or take drugs- but it’s so easy to press the wrong button especially when listing a whole lot of new items at the same time.

weekdaygirl

weekdaygirl

4 years ago

The whole ebay experience for a newbie is not an experience to make them want to stay. I did an experiment on a new account. They give new accounts 5 listings $500 wow they are generous lol. That is ridiculous you can’t sale nothing unless you can list 500 items. That search engine don’t like newbies. I listed 25 times in a month had 2 to 4 views sold nothing at all. Ebay is loosing revenue that why they selling off stuff. Why because the new customer is you core and they can’t keep new people because of that search engine not liking new people. Amazon unlimited listing why do Ebay care how much you list. That is going to kill Ebay they selling off stuff for a reason cash flow problems. Ebay might go bankrupt it happens. I like Bonanza more up to date all they need is advertising get more traffic to the site. Do some TV ads or something. If Ebay people go to Bonanza that site will be the New Ebay. You Ebay people better run from Ebay something is happening over there.

jay

jay

3 years ago

absolutely agree with your opinion

Freddie Rey

Freddie Rey

2 years ago

It’s BIG BROTHER again! Every time there’s something that allows the little guy to get ahead they squash it. Same is happening with Airbnb rentals , they now have a new law we cant rent or limit the rent of our own homes that we own outright! That is Unconstitutional and creepy frankly! Theres other examples too. We were making too much money on ebay so they put an end to it and set it up so we are angry and poor and only their big corp sellers do well. They try to keep us agitated and broke so we have no power or energy to fight, so we dont pay attention to what they are REALLY doing with all of our tax money. When are people gonna wake up?

glen

glen

2 years ago

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