Tuesday, January 16, 2007

eBay Seller Conference 2007

The 2007 eBay seller conference begins today in the Bay area, with the top 200 ebay sellers in attendance. There is much anticipation that eBay will announce some key seller initiatives that will encourage sellers about their prospects for eBay this year. Unfortunately, I don’t believe this will be the case. It appears the theme of the conference is “Improving the Buyer Experience” a noble idea but not exactly what most of the top sellers are looking for. I would guess they would prefer a conference theme of “Improving the Seller Experience” .

I will be updating my blog as I get information from the conference so check back regularly. In my view this will be a key moment for eBay to present their vision for the marketplace. This conference will set the tone for all of 2007. Both Sellers and Investors should pay close attention to the news coming from this conference.


Frank Ross said...

Perhaps they can improve the buyer experience by making eBay overall more trustworthy and finding some way to thwart fraudulent sellers (some way other than Whack-A-Mole).

Randy Smythe said...

Apparently they are considering requiring all sellers to have a PayPal address. I don’t know if that will be announced this week or not. I think the fact they are concentrating on the buyer during this conference shows how much trouble they are having keeping buyers on the site.