I am a professional programmer, been one for the
last 22 years,
so yeah, I can do websites, did the
one you saw, and wrote the
program that the Web
site is for.
become a full time job now.
Playing the market is
just a hobby.
Quite a letter from Pierre, and than it was
gone..... I believe management should have asked sellers
and buyers for their feedback first before making a
decission and meet common grounds,
to benefit all
I complement eBay's management when they
do their things right and than I get on their case
when they think they've become invincible.
Anyway Mike Med.... enough of that serious stuff, to
more interesting things now: Do you create websites,
did you make your own????
Someday you may receive
my email and you'll never know
it is bullwinbull.
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Having said that, this change in format was simply our
idea. We think it will work, but it may not.
We would like
everyone to give it a try.
Remember, it's a level playing
field. So if you choose
to use a reserve price auction, you
this restriction along with everyone else who uses
reserve price auctions. If this turns out to be a total
disaster, we'll reconsider it. Give us time to see if this
is working -- we think it will result in a higher
rate for reserve auctions, and higher selling
If it doesn't, we'll revisit this. Remember,
it's in our
best interest to make you successful,
because we make more
money that way. If we do
something to hurt your success,
obviously we will
On the second point: because of the
confusion and frustration
around reserve price
auctions, we receive a higher proportion
support and Safe Harbor e-mail relating to them.
These cost us more to handle, of course. And since
auctions have lower success rates, we collect
fewer final value
fees on them than a typical
auction. That's why we decided on
a $1.00 additional
fee for using this feature. While nobody
new fees, we hope this will discourage unnecessary
of the feature, which will give buyers more
to choose from. And for sellers who
still need to use the
format, the additional cost
will help support our additional
And finally, it's only a dollar -- hopefully, you'll
extra dollar for your item if you use the
reserve auction format.
If not, don't use the format.
In order for the eBay community
to continue to
thrive, it must evolve as it grows, even though
sometimes change can be unsettling.
new policies were made with the best interests of
the community in mind. You have raised some valid
and we hope you will give our idea a chance.
We are truly
trying to make things better.
Reserve price auctions are
optional -- you can decide
whether or not they are working
for you, and then
decide if they are the right choice for you.
want to thank you for all the constructive suggestions
have come out of this, and I'm sure that
together we will
continue to make eBay a better and
better place to trade.
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posted on Saturday (I think) on EBay's
yanked it when the howl of rage at the
(it's only a dollar) was heard from
the EBay boards. It should
have been titled "Let
them eat cake". The message will be
in two parts
since Yahoo does not allow looooong
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Community, I am writing to respond to the
of you have raised in reaction to our
reserve auction policies and pricing. I
many of you via private e-mail, but
I thought it
would make more sense to make a single
here that everyone could read.
First, let me
reiterate the fact that this decision
was made with the
best interests of the community in
mind. As I've
said before, our success is based on
so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense
to do something that would intentionally
your success. eBay has always tried to do its
to support its buyers. Buyers don't pay us a
single dime, but they do pay our sellers. And we think
it's important to do our best to provide the best
possible service for buyers. Most sellers realize this,
but I just wanted to restate the obvious. Reserve
auctions had two fundamental problems, from
our point of
view: one, buyers don't like them;
and two, they cost
more for us to support.
Let me explain both points. Buyers have always told
that they dislike reserve price auctions.
This is primarily
because they don't know how high
the reserve might be,
so they don't know if it's
worth their while to bid on
the item. Nothing is
more frustrating than becoming
involved in an
auction but having it close below the
wasted precious time, and nothing has
come of it.
There were many possible ways to deal with
issue, including revealing the reserve at the end
the auction. We didn't like that idea because the
prospective bidder still doesn't know if they're wasting
their time. But what a traditional auctioneer typically
is start the bidding in an auction at 1/4 to
1/2 of the
reserve. That way, prospective bidders
have a way of
estimating what the item may
eventually sell for, without
knowing the precise reserve
of the seller. So that's how
we decided to do it
at eBay, as well. You can set your
at any reasonable price. "Reasonable" is defined
to be at least 1/4 of the reserve. Why waste time
a $5.00 bid for a $5000.00 item? In my mind,
make sense. Anyone bidding $5.00 for
a $5000.00 item doesn't
really expect to get
it, and the excitement generated by
fizzles out by the time the bidding approaches
market value, and people begin to get serious.
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At least now we know why Ebay is so screwed up
lately! They have been listening to people like you!
ROFL! Maybe they should take all their stock back from
people like you and go back to doing business like they
If you knew what your were talking about-Which
you do not. most sellers hate to even use reserves-
In fact- we make more money without them--- but- in
times when e-bay goes down- it saves us from losing our
money on items we have alot invested in.
pay cut you deserve a demotion. yhoo has
"100,000's of items" while EBAY has 1.5 million, where do
you think im going to spend my time shopping. you
upset sellers have the business sense of a
Cramer does not understand ebay, he listens to
some analyst who covers old-line retail. He called it
a weak stock at $75. People who were believers
should have been buying all they could. the damn thing
has almost doubled from it's low of $71 I don't no of
any similar type of move in a stock of similar market
cap anytime recently. YHOO had a similar issue
regarding pissed off users, if you don't like it sell it
somewhere else, and good luck selling to 1/5 the audience,
im sure you'll be getting a ton of bids, NOT. EBAY
has pricing power and their using it. You complaining
sellers make me sick. People are &()(*^&% ungrateful. I
hope you guys fall down a hole
You are a smart Man-- I commend you for your
comment.I have been selling on e-bay since the beginning-
Way before it went public-Way before most
stockholders and stockbrokers even knew what e-bay was. Alot -
Alot of us are leaving-- Oh and by the way- tell that
idiot to stop calling us Fleas- I have been Buying and
selling Antiques for over 17 yrs. We are not FLeas. We
are Buisness. BIG Buisness.