The Sky Is Falling

Friday, 30 March 2007 at 5:00 am Pacific USA Time.

Scot Wingo predicts that eBay Stores fees will go up again. Other blogs start frantically posting that people will leave eBay in droves.

  1. I have not yet seen people leave eBay in droves.
  2. I have seen people SWEAR they’re going to leave eBay right away or if fees go to ____ or for some other reason. And I have not seen them do it. Some have been bitching for years, and I see they are still selling on eBay.
  3. If eBay raises Stores fees to "correct" the site, this means that people are using their Stores in ways that don’t work. When things don’t work, you don’t make money and eBay doesn’t make money. If eBay is trying to get you to stop putting things in your Store and either get them off eBay or get them in the Core, why don’t you do that? Then, Store fee changes affect you less anyway.
  4. What do people think it costs to run, maintain, advertise, and promote off-eBay sales? That can be an expensive undertaking, maybe eBay fees look like a breeze in some cases.
  5. Why are people reacting like the sky is falling upon hearing a rumour?

It’s hard for me to get worked up about this. I’m not going to jump on the bandwagon that says it’s eBay’s Ice Age and eBay sellers will go extinct with crazy high fees. If a multi-channel selling strategy is right for you, you should be looking at it (or doing it) ANYWAY… not just when the CEO of a multi-channel selling software company says something possibly designed to scare you. :) If you are barely listing in your eBay Store (like many of our clients), then you’d have nothing to worry about if Stores fees went up.

eBay will eventually raise fees. Fees for everything go up. Pizza costs more. UPS costs more. My car costs more than this model did 2 years ago. Fees go up. You don’t have to panic and you don’t have to be reactionary. A smart business person is always planning, researching, and looking at options. Do that. :)

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3 Responses to “The Sky Is Falling”

  1. Randy Smythe says:

    Katie, the debate about eBay’s future fee increases is healthy. If store sellers wait until they have 30 days to make the change they are being foolish. I think there is ample evidence to suggest that eBay will raise fees annually and precedent suggests that they have now split increases for Core and Store. Core increases will be announced in January where they traditionally fall and Store increases will be announced in July.
    I used the Ice Age reference to drive home the point. There are a growing number of off eBay options for sellers and each seller needs to look at his/her business in light of the changing landscape. The sky isn’t falling now, but sellers shouldn’t wait until it is.

  2. Debbie says:

    Who is this Katie you’re addressing?
    I’m Debbie (blog author), and I agree that nobody should wait to make a strategy decision until they feel like they’re 30 days from some sort of problem. We went through this with clients who were moving from Mpire when Mpire decided to stop being a listing tool. We are very FOR thinking ahead and planning out business moves!
    I agree that nobody should wait until the sky is falling. But I also don’t like people hitting a panic button over a rumour. Don’t hit the panic button. Do your calculations and research, and make the right decision while there’s no major pressure.

  3. Randy Smythe says:

    Sorry Debbie, I’m not sure where I came up with Katie. I apologize.
    I agree with you. I believe Scot’s post and my response on my blog just hit a nerve. eBay has just now come out and stated there are no immediate plans to raise store fees. Apparently this has caused a sufficient stir for them to respond so quickly.
    No seller should panic they should certainly follow your advise to do their due diligence moving forward.