This will be my fifth time attending eBay Live and the fourth time we have exhibited. I know it’s too late to register for this year, but if you are at all serious about running an eBay business you really must try and attend one of these. Next year, will be somewhere on the East Coast or perhaps in Chicago.
If you were waiting for the last minute to register, and have discovered there are no more openings at the convention, the next best thing to attending is to go to our friend’s site at http://www.auctionbytes.com/. Ina Steiner along with several of her editors will be posting daily event articles, interviews and news updates on her website. Her husband, David, will be holding things together back at the office and uploading everything onto the site in an easy to follow format.
If you have never been to eBay Live you are in for a treat. The three-day event consists of a giant trade show where vendors display their products and services and where every eBay department is represented. You can actually speak with the various department managers of the various product departments and specialties such as Trading Assistant, Trust & Safety, eBay Stores, eBay Motors and so on.
Besides the show, eBay also puts on a number of seminars and panel discussions. Most of these are repeated so you can attend in case two events conflict. Best of all, at the end of the show you can get a CD of all of the presentations.
Lastly, the parties. eBay puts on some really neat events. One is a big Town Hall type meeting where the execs speak, there is usually a keynote address with entertainment and on the last night a big party with tons of food and cash bars with entertainers, free massages and more. Two years ago eBay started the tradition of having all the employees who attend eBay Live line up outside the last night’s gala venue in a long line (over 1000 employees) and applaud the eBay members walking into the party. These folks were standing there clapping and high-fiving everyone who walked in for almost an hour last year.
As for getting the most out of the event, wear comfortable shoes, get to the seminars and panel discussions early as they fill up fast, enter all of the contests and drawings (I have won something every year) and carry plenty of business cards as you will meet a lot of people and make many new contacts that can help you out in the years to come.
You will be collecting a lot of material, so carry a shoulder bag, small backpack or rolling bag to put all your stuff in.
Ride the monorail. Traffic in Las Vegas has become worse than L.A. But all of the major hotels on the strip are connected by a beautiful new monorail system. So just get to the strip and look for the monorail. This is the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get around in Lost Wages.