ebay Listing Fee Sale and Other Bits and Bytes

eBay is having another listing fee sale. Why don’t they just go ahead and lower listing fees?
It is no secret that eBay has been experiencing slower listing growth and the fee sales are in response to this.  When eBay announced it’s fee sale today, eBay stock dropped just over 6%. The fee sales always seem to work, which is why I wonder why eBay doesn’t just lower the listing fees to increase overall listings and bring some of the marginal sellers back to the site.  They have done this in the UK with some success, so I hope this January when eBay usually announces their new fee might bring a pleasant surprise.
eBay’s latest promotion starts at midnight Pacific Time today, October 18, 2007 and lasts until Monday, November 5, 2007.
What are the new fees?
For any auction-style or fixed price listing, the insertion fee is discounted by 33%. This offer applies to Auction-style and Fixed Price listings on the U.S. www.eBay.com and Motors www.eBayMotors.com (including Parts & Accessories, Passenger Vehicles, Motorcycles, Powersports, Other Vehicles) sites  This includes listings created prior to the promotion and scheduled to start during the promotional period October 18 – November 5, 2007.
eBay motors listing fees dropped from $40 to $25 in most categories.  You can see the complete fee schedule here.
Bits & Bytes
Erstwhile eBay and internet entrepreneur and author, Tim Know is holding his annual 2007 seminar at the Four Points Sheraton at the Airport, in Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, 2007.
Tim’s seminars fill up fast because unlike a lot of seminars where the speakers just spend all day trying to sell you other stuff, Tim has a reputation for delivering the goods. When i spoke to Tim yesterday he only had a dozen or so seats left.
Here is the link for more information and here is a look at the agenda and speakers:
Registration and check in, continental breakfast provided
7:45 to 8:00:   Paul Finley – “Introduction and Welcome”
8:00 to 9:30:   Tim Knox – “How To Tell If Business Is Right For You”
9:45 to 10:45:  Mike Enos – “How To Use eBay To Drive Traffic To Your Business”
11:00 to 12:00:  Scott Paton – “Podcasting For Fun & Profits”
12:00 to 1:00:   Buffet lunch provided
1:00 to 2:00:     Tim Knox – “How To Choose The Business That’s Right For You”
2:15 to 3:15:    Kristine McKinley – “How To Minimize Your Taxes and Maximize Your Profits”
3:30 to 4:30:    Dan Miller – “How To Write Your Way To The Bank”
4:45 to 5:45:    Chuck Bowen – “How To Build A Profitable Coaching Business”
7:00 to 9:00:     Dinner and mixer with speakers and guests
Sunday November 11, 2007:
7am to 8:00am:  Continental breakfast provided
8am to 9:30am:  Tim Knox – “How To Build A Killer Business Website”
9:45 to 10:45:    Paul Finley – “Combining Sales & Marketing For Maximum Results”
11:00 to 12:00pm:  Round Tables –
The experts go from table to table for 10 to 15 minutes to answer individual questions from the attendees
12:00 to 1:00pm:   Panel Discussion – All participants participate in Q&A
1:00 pm   Close and farewell
So if you live in the East and want to attend, here is the link to read all about it.
eBay to Change Buy-it-now durations.
eBay has been experimenting with extending the time that Buy-it-now prices are available in auction style listings.  So far the test has been only in the eBay motors and tickets categories.  Starting this week, eBay will expand them to the Clothing, Shoes & Accessories, and Cell Phones & PDAs. In addition, eBay will start testing in the same categories on eBay Canada, and site-wide in several international sites including the UK and Australia.
Latest Cell Phone/eMail scam
This is not new, but it disappeared for a while and has come back.  You will get an email telling you that you can avoid telemarketers calling your cell phone if you click on a link and enter your cell phone number on the US Government’s Do Not Call Database.  The problem is that you are not really on the US government’s site.  It is a clone site and is designed to get your cell number so you can be telemarketed.

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