Has anyone noticed that sales have been dropping on eBay for the past year?

@sasklily (240)
Canada
February 12, 2007 6:48pm CST
I've been selling on e-Bay for about 6 years but this last year has been a financial disaster. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed this. I've actually quit listing about a month ago, because with the listing fees and nothing selling, it just didn't make sense to keep on at this time. Usually the winter months are the busiest selling time, but not so this year!
7 responses
@kylesmiles (1916)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I haven't noticed but then again, I don't go to ebay. Can't afford to buy anything other than food, and pay bills! Too bad there weren't any other "well known" auction sites for you to sell on.
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@sasklily (240)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I kind of relied on eBay sales to pay my bills but that's not happening now. There actually are some sites that are being talked about alot, so I've been listing at etsey.com and blujay.com. The sales are not great, but the fees at etsey are low and it's free at blujay.com.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I was on blujay for about a year, and it was a waste of time. Etsy is good, but it's for handmade items only. And for craft supplies.
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@sasklily (240)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
Yes, I haven't had any sales yet and I've been on there for about 3 or 4 months. But it's easy to list and free, so thought I would give it a whirl. Sure not going to get rich though, lol.
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I sell magnetic jewelry on ebay and have had the same problem. I have tried to combat it by showing all of my regular items on the ME page and then only listing one or maybe two auctions at a time. In the auctions, I always tell them to check out the ME page to see a complete listing of my stock. I have gained a few sales that way, but it is beginning to be more trouble than it is worth so I may pull out entirely, or just sell at Christmas time. I hope your business picks up soon.
@sasklily (240)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I hope yours does, too. I've been listing at http://www.blujay.com, but have had no sales there. At least the listing is free, so it doesn't matter so much.
• United States
13 Feb 07
Yahoo also has auctions but they are kind of up an down. My husband once sold a home-built airplane on our Yahoo auction, and I have some a movie camera, but very little of my main item, magnetic jewelry.
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@fub21a (197)
• Australia
17 Feb 07
I guess it all comes down to which country your in aswell I sell alot of basketball things here in australia for the past year and have had alot of profit coming from it. I have noticed that some people are trying to ask for more money than what the item is acutally worth. But no I haven't noticed.
@sasklily (240)
• Canada
18 Feb 07
Most of my customers were in the U.S., probably about 96-97%; one thing that might make a difference is that the Canadian dollar has been high for a year. Most people I talk to think that's a good thing, but it's really not for exporting to other countries. And, you're right, the prices seem to be going up and up.
@scarydog (171)
13 Feb 07
All depends on what you're selling and where... I've been on eBay for 9 years now in the UK and over the past couple of years there's been tremendous growth in the UK... and this year seems no different(even though we do have Poopal problems at the moment!!) Maybe you should be looking at how you market your items/ebay store/seller newsletters etc. if you are selling as more than a hobby. Marketing does play a big role in maintaining a good customer base and increasing sales.
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@sasklily (240)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I haven't tried the newsletters, but maybe I will if or when I start listing again. Maybe I just need to add something a little different, as well.
• United States
13 Feb 07
well some of the reasons are the fees are getting higher and so are the paypal fees they keep on increasing and new fees that are being introduced now and then. next is now the stores are selling stuff cheap than they used to before to get more customers which leads to competition on ebay. i mean some of the stuff on ebay is ridiculous lile a cologne i bought from marshalls for $20.00 which was curve crush was like 17.50 plus 8 to 9 bucks shipping. shipping kills people who wants to buy from ebay. i mean i myself stay away from some stuff since they are cheap but shipping is like ridiculously high than it normally would be
@sasklily (240)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
It seems a lot of sellers are having problems, so I don't know where it's going to go from here. It was a great site, but not so much anymore.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I am really going to close my store. If I make nothing for feb I will be closing it for march. Then I'll open it back for Christmas season. Have made noting and have been paying all these listing fees $45.00 for nothing.
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@sasklily (240)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
That is the way I've felt about the stores at eBay. I've opened a store three times and closed it three times. I won't be opening one again. I will probably list on auctions again, but the stores just don't do enough to warrant the cost; not for my 'stuff' anyway.
@Ciniful (1589)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I've just started selling over the last few monthes, and have had a pretty decent run. Actually, I got a much better response than I had figured I would. So I'm not having any trouble. I would assume it also has a lot to do with what you're selling.
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@sasklily (240)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I've always been into doll patterns and doll clothes patterns, either fabric sewing, crocheting or knitting. It made me a nice little income except for this past year. Oh, well, maybe I'll give it another try in the next little while.