Sunday, March 23, 2008

PeSA / ECMTA 2008 Summit in New Orleans!

PeSA, (Professional eBay Sellers Association) and ECMTA (E-Commerce Merchants Trade Association) will jointly sponsor the 2008 eCommerce summit, to be held in New Orleans this April 22nd through the 24th.

eBay's newly appointed President of eBay Global Marketplace Operations, Lorrie Norrington, will be the keynote speaker at the eCommerce Summit. PeSA has hosted a dozen events since 2003 in an effort to educate professional eBay sellers on industry and marketplace best practices.

eCommerce Summit Attendees, will be treated to 2 days of intensive learning and sharing with 20 sessions (see agenda here) that cover almost every aspect of e-commerce.

PeSA also recently announced the expansion of its membership criteria to include all eBay PowerSellers. Since its founding in 2003, PeSA membership had been limited to Platinum and Titanium PowerSellers and the new criteria will allow tens of thousands of Bronze, Silver and Gold PowerSellers to join PeSA.

"We are pleased that eBay continues to support our efforts to engage the eBay community in a professional dialogue promoting the health and vibrancy of the eBay marketplace," commented Joe Cortese, Founder and Chairman of PeSA. "And we want every professional seller to enjoy the many benefits of being a member of PeSA."

Effective immediately, all eBay PowerSellers, from Bronze to Titanium, qualify for PeSA membership. All new members will continue to receive complimentary membership in the E-Commerce Merchants Trade Association (, which comes with over $2800 in e-commerce partner offers.

To welcome new members, PeSA is offering the following special offer: PowerSellers who attend the New Orleans eCommerce Summit in April will receive $100 off non-member rates in addition to free PeSA and E-Commerce Merchants membership. Interested sellers should use Invitation Code EBAYVIP during summit registration.

I recommend this event to all of my readers and I will be attending and hope to meet you in New Orleans. Here are 10 Reasons why eBay sellers and other online merchants should attend the 2008 eCommerce Summit.

Just my 12%


Adrian Dunevein said...

This sounds like a great conference. We run an ecommerce course at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario , Canada and many of our students are ebay sellers that need specific ecommerce information for their own stores and listings. We will certainly pass the links on to the class.

Adrian D.

Sue Bailey said...

Is it really possible to have an organisation that represents such a disparate group of sellers? I've seen plenty of seller groups come and go, and it's always seemed to me that eBay sellers essentially have very little common ground: what can be great for me could be business-destroying for someone else.

If PeSA are expanding their membership, this is going to become much more of an issue for them, IMHO.

Randy Smythe said...


PeSA is still dealing with eBay issues and their sister organization ECMTA has a much broader perspective.

IMO, 2008 is the year the online seller grows up so opening up membership now makes sense to me though some of the larger sellers may be concerned that their influence is getting diluted.