"I have heard many smaller sellers complain that the alternate selling sites do not have the traffic that eBay does, and therefore they give up on them. They forget that the eBay I first encountered in 1998 had very little traffic, and it was only after many people like me supported it that it gained substantial traffic. I think that over time, many eBay sellers will gravitate to one of the alternate selling sites, and that that site will become real competition to eBay. Until that happens, I suggest that all small sellers look for alternate ways to diversify, opening an inexpensive website, exploring selling on many alternative sites, etc. If today a seller's business is 100% eBay related, they can look to make it only 90% eBay in a few months time. It may not seem like a big difference, but it is an important first step to becoming less dependent on eBay."
Sunday, October 19, 2008
If you haven't visited Auctionbytes yet today, you might want to click on the title of this post and go read her interview with emovieposter.com founder, Bruce Hershenson. He shares some very interesting comments regarding why he left eBay.
Many of you have followed his story, so this may be nothing new to you, but I wanted to share one quote that should provide some perspective for you smaller sellers trying to find a new home for your product.
Just my 15%