Monday, January 28, 2008

Blog Utopia - My Plans for 2008

As January comes to an end and we begin a new era at eBay with John Donahoe as the President and CEO, I've decided to share some of my goals for 2008 here at Blog Utopia. (Mostly because there won't be any real news to report until tomorrow and I was bored).

  • I will expand my coverage of Amazon's ecommerce offerings, since it is clear that Amazon has won the "perception battle" with eBay.
  • I hope to be more positive about eBay and the future for 3P sellers/merchants on that platform.
  • If the changes being made at eBay are not beneficial for sellers, I would suppose that I may become more negative about eBay. (We'll have to wait and see)
  • I will continue to speculate about what is happening in the world of ecommerce. I hope to expand my network of contacts to get more detail on what will be happening in the world of ecommerce.
  • I won't be doing too many "How To" posts, but I will link to appropriate sources for that information.
  • Once I figure out what Yahoo will eventually become, I may increase my coverage of their ecommerce offerings.
  • I hope to be attending more industry events so that I can give you the complete scoop on ecommerce.
  • My readership has grown 1500% Y/Y (on a very small base) so I will endeavor to increase readership more in the coming year.
  • I've stated in the past that 2008 will be the "Year of the 3P Seller" and I will do my part to make that happen.
  • I would encourage my readers to comment more on Blog Utopia posts. I would like to develop a dialog on what's happening out there and your perspective is greatly appreciated.
  • I going to continue to have fun.

Those are just a few things that I'm planning for this year and I'm also open to suggestions on what I should cover. So contact me or comment on what you would like to see.

Sellers/Merchants, this will be the year when Marketplaces begin to compete for your business. eBay is already doing that and I'm sure there will be more to follow. I hope to do my part to make this happen.

Just my 5 cents!


Suzanne Wells - The eBay Coach said...

Hey, Randy. I'd like to comment on your bullet point - "If the changes being made at eBay are not beneficial for sellers, I would suppose that I may become more negative about eBay."

Now keep in mind that each seller will tolerate different things when it comes to eBay policies. eBay selling is often a "way out" of a normal job - people are willing to tolerate more to be able to work at home, on their own schedule. You can't put a price on that.

I am fully aware that eBay has many disadvantages, flaws, and continues to evolve. However, eBay is what allows me to work at home, raise my kids, and be in charge of my own life. I'm a single parent and eBay is very flexible for me. I can earn a living AND be an involved parent without having to grovel to my boss every time my child is sick and I have to leave work, or have to rearrange my day to participate in my children's lives.

I accept the fee increases every time they happen, and adjust my selling strategy to do what is most cost effective. I see eBay as much easier than starting my own ecommerce webstore - it is so user friendly and the traffic is already there. eBay spends millions in advertising dollars to promote its site, and I get to reap the benefits.

I feel like eBay will always be the best choice for some people, no matter how "bad" it gets. Good or bad, positive or negative - it is all in the eye of the beholder. I look at eBay as a lifesaver and a Godsend.

Thanks for the post! (And I will expect a backlash from this comment.) :)

Suzanne Wells
The eBay Coach

Randy Smythe said...

Suzanne, you won't get a backlash from me. I really appreciate your telling your story.

I tend to look at things more from the big seller perspective and often forget that there are possibly tens of thousands of sellers with similar stories as you.

Maybe "negative" was a poor choice of words, perhaps I should have used "more critical" instead.

Thanks again for telling your story in your comments. Its always good to look at things from a different perspective.

Suzanne Wells - The eBay Coach said...

LOL - I wasn't expecting a backlash from you, but maybe from some other readers. I know I am the "Pollyanna" of eBay selling. I just try to stay as positive as possible and encourage others to do the same. It is good that we have different perspectives, that is how you learn and grow. Enjoy your day, and your coffee.

Anonymous said...

Suzanne, have you ever gone into a run down casino where a large percentage of players are smoking cigarettes and mindlessly pushing buttons on old machinery with very little chance of winning? Its great to be positive, and its easier to be positive in a fun environment...eBay management just needs to be pushed to invest more in the marketplace to keep up with and stay ahead of the rest of ecommerce. They were ahead in the race 10 years ago and others have caught up.

Suzanne Wells - The eBay Coach said...

Hi, anonymous.

1) I'm disappointed that you didn't show your identity so I could know who I am responding to.

2) No, I don't do casinos or other public places where smoking is allowed. It is unhealthy.

3) Where does it say that eBay has to be all things to all people? We are talking about free enterprise here.

4) If eBay doesn't work for someone, they are welcome to leave and find other options - Amazon, ePier, Etsy, their own website, etc. If you don't like Coke switch to Pepsi. eBay isn't holding anyone hostage at gunpoint.

5) Alot of things have changed in 10 years including the internet and technology.

Randy, sorry to hijack your post.

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