Thursday, June 19, 2008

Day One at eBay Live is Over

Sorry, I haven't posted much, but I've had a busy day and I'm just now getting a little bit of a break to post this.

Ina Steiner and the Tamebay Twosome of Sue and Chris, have some great posts that I won't try and duplicate, but I will list them here for you:
  • Sue has a great post on how the conference is going over with sellers. There certainly isn't any ra-ra going on here and I only saw one funny hat. As she says; many sellers are just trying to figure out how to make their business work with the new eBay and many are frustrated. I've talked to quite a few large sellers and the general consensus is "we've moved on" For some eBay has become a liquidation channel for others it is now the smallest part of their business.
  • They made some announcements about PayPal buyer protection, the Diamond power seller level and new 20% FVF discount with DSRs of 4.9

Okay, so that's the news. Its interesting to note that you folks that comment on all of our blogs are actually more upset than the sellers who are attending eBay Live, which certainly explains why attendance looks to be south of 8,000 attendees. If eBay does not publish the actual attendance, its because they didn't get close to 10,000 attendees they hoped for.

If there was any doubt that this was the last eBay Live it should be all but gone. It won't be back in 2010 unless something drastic happens between now and then.

I will be very interested to listen to the Keynote tomorrow -- I actually don't expect much of a ruckus. At this point many of the sellers I've talked to basically want to tell eBay "to talk to the hand" nothing surprises them any more and nothing really moves them. So many of them will just shrug off the Keynote.

I don't expect any big announcements tomorrow but there will be many in the coming months. They made it clear to me that they would be using price (fee structure) as a lever to improve the "buyer experience" so if your business follows the company line and meets its goals then you will be rewarded.

Lets see what tomorrow brings. Sorry today didn't provide much excitement.


David said...

Lets be honest. Somebody who has given up on eBay completely or is planning to move on is probably not going to spend the $$$ for a hotel and plane ticket to Chicago even though it is Tax Deductible.

I think it is saying something that this is the last eBay live. They obviously are planning a lot of changes that aren't going to be please sellers so they have better things to do than put up with their BS.

Most people that attend eBay Live are sellers. You never hear the phrase "Seller Experience", yet you constantly phrase "Buyer Experience"

Henrietta said...

Randy I am so sad, you weren't 'delighted'?

Seems almost like the powers-that-be couldn't be bothered to even pretend any kind of involvement with the hoi polloi.

Didya get any good stickers?