Thank You eBay, It’s Been a Great Run

    Many of you have probably been noticing the changes at the auction-giant’s website. Most have been subtle, but the intent is obvious: The day of the “private auction” is coming to an end.

    Perhaps you have read some of the “leaked” intelligence from former eBay insiders, or just noticed that the way you post or bid is a little different. Change is in the air, and it is signaling the end of a great collecting era.

    From a collector’s point of view, it has been a glorious period. From the earliest days of eBay, wonderful items have appeared for sale that would never have seen the light of day. Closets emptied, attics filtered, and old trunks burst forth with great, never-before-offered items. We all gobbled them up. We even were some of the folks pedaling the goods.

    But all good things must come to an end…and eBay has implemented the beginning of the end. First to fall are outside photo hosts and invoicing services. It’s eBay’s way or the highway. And forget about “just say ‘no’ to Paypal. EBay is sick of having to police transactions outside of their control, so are about to implement a “Pay by Paypal only” attitude. This is great from a buyer’s point of view. Nothing is more frustrating than a seller demanding, “I only take money orders or certified checks”. Thanks for this change, eBay.

    However, the reaction to seller and buyer whining doesn’t stop there. Currently, eBay is providing big incentives to sellers who list with “buy it now” and with multiples of the same items. They encourage sellers to establish storefronts (the current “buzzword” in the “let’s make money for nothing” corporate idea of the Internet).

    Sure, lots of folks are going to complain. They are going to cry out, “it isn’t fair!” Well, boo-hoo…eBay offered collectors a great venue for buying and selling between collectors. But, you know how collectors and weekend dealers can be… ‘high maintenance’ doesn’t begin to describe them! It seems the folks at eBay have tired of dealing with low-end sales and all the drama that go with them.

    But, it is eBay’s window…if they want to close it—whether it is good for you, me or the man in the moon—it is up to them. All I can say is, ‘thanks for the good run, eBay’ and hope that supply and demand will prevail. If they close the window to private collectors, well, that just might open a door for something new…

 – John Adams-Graf
Editor, Military Trader and Military Vehicles Magazine

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6 thoughts on “Thank You eBay, It’s Been a Great Run

  1. Dede on said:

    That is way I decided to close my store on e-bay. I was no longer in control of my business. The fees were going up and no customer support. I have found a new home now and am very happy there. No regrets of closing my store at e-bay,none.

  2. Jackie M on said:

    This is a great unbiased article documenting the facts, sad though they are.

    The writing is on the wall — collectors are going to soon be persona non grata at eBay, so that the site can evolve into what its decision makers believe is for the best.

    I’m in the process of moving my listings (mostly collectibles) to a new home, Bonanzle. It is a new sight designed with simplicity in mind, yet with a lot of well-planned features that eBay never had.

    Fees are low (no listing fees, and final value fees around 1/3rd of those currently seen on big sites like eBay and Amazon). The fees are guaranteed not to be raised until at last the end of 2010.

    I’ve been getting considerably more traffic there in the past 3 weeks than I’ve seen in my eBay store in months. And Bonanzle’s interactive chat module really helps to know what kind of traffic your booth is getting.

    Google "Bonanzle" and see for yourself!

  3. EBAY DISALLOWS CERTAIN MILITARIA COLLECTABLES . WE DID WIN WW2 AGAINST GERMANY AND JAPAN. MEMORABILIA FROM BOTH THESE COUNTRIES IS VALUABLE AND PROVES WE WON. BOTH COUNTRIES MURDERED PEOPLE. EBAY WILL NOT LET YOU SELL GERMAN HOWEVER. YOU CAN SELL CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE .GO FIGURE. IT’S EBAYS LOSS WHEN MARKETS ARE CUT OUT AND GREED SETS IN TO MAKE ALL THE MONEY. OBVIOUSLLY THEY WOULD RATHER LIVE LARGE TODAY LIKE WALL STREET AND SCREW TOMORROW! RAY W.

  4. Richard Marquette on said:

    I’ve been on E-Bay since 1-99 with approx 800 Positive feedbacks (presently rated 4.8 – 4.9 @ 100% Positive Feedback). I’m looking for a new site (MAYBE JOHN WILL START ONE?) E-Bay forgets about average seller/collector with new policies. New Policy starting 10-31-08, of Sellers required to use Pay Pal (An E-Bay owned company)or Pro Pal. No checks or Money Orders, If they do not their auction will be canceled by E-Bay. That is OK for big business with Credit Card Merchant Accounts with Credit Card Terminals, and they sell the same modern item over and over again. As an old retired guy it is my hobby to have bought and sold antique Militeria and American Indian items as well as other collectables since 1998 on E-Bay (Have been in this hobby since 1957)Since I retired my average sale is approx. $75.00 with about 100 sales and/or purchases in a year. With all the reference books it is difficult to make more than 30% profit. Therefore you can see why I do not feel it is possible for me to absorb more expense by being forced to use Pay Pal or some other on line payment company and pay them to collect my money. If you were renting a store would you let your landlord tell you how to collect your money? Where can we LITTLE GUYS go to still have fun and make a few extra $’s? My sales were already reduced when E-Bay stopped me from selling in Canada, England and other parts of Europe unless I had a Pay Pal Acct. E-Bay won’t allow a WWII German helmet but they allow what looks to me like Porno. They have a warped idea of what is damaging material. E-Bay with rule after rule and policy change have ruined the E-Bay we all USED TO LOVE. Again I ask where is a site for Militeria?

  5. Deak Ferenc on said:

    As someone who did a lot of selling early one e-bay, I stopped selling because fee increases and Pay Pal decimated profitability. Requiring use of Pay Pal is ridiculous. Who wants to cough up 4-6% on every sale!

  6. Mac on said:

    I was told by one of the people that I have bought a number of things from and always sent them my check that eBay now makes them use PayPal.

    I think this ploy of eBays will blow up in their face, at least I hope so. There are or will be other places to go to and I will be going. I have 931 positive feedback and 3 times that many purchases. I have also noticed that their windows are slow compaired what they were. I use a 8mbs download and it is only eBay that I have this problem with on 2 computers.

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