Wednesday, March 04, 2009

What I've Been Up To!

I know you all love my recap posts, so here's what I've been up to lately:
  • Not as much blogging: I'm sure my regular readers have noticed I don't post as much these days and there are a number of reasons for that. First reason is; I have a day job and that has changed my schedule a bit. I still haven't come up with a better schedule for blogging. Second, I'm tired of writing the same eBay stuff. After 2 years making suggestions and writing about eBay, I'm pretty much burnt-out. 
  • I'm really enjoying my time at This is week number 6 and I'm starting to get into a routine. Buy's marketplace business is growing and there is a ton of upside, so it's a lot of fun being part of that and for the record, CEO Neel Grover does not have horns.
  • My own retail efforts are on hold. While I am still selling used media items through INet Media Source it is mostly liquidation of inventory that I have in at Amazon's FBA warehouse. I'm getting down to the really long-tail items now because I'm not replenishing product through the Buy Back website any longer.
I'm committed to making's marketplace business a win-win selling option for online merchants. We aren't open to every merchant yet, but as we grow categories and our product catalog we will expand opportunities for many online merchants. Right now we are very much under-the-radar as a marketplace, but we won't be able to keep the site under wraps for much longer.

Anyway, that's what I've been up to in recent weeks and I hope to get back to more regular blogging as I develop a new routine. Hang in there, I'm not going away.

Just my 15%


Renagade said...

Thanks for the update! You have been missed!

ms.pat said...

Glad you checked in Randy. I was wondering about you. I know you'll find time for us whenever you can. :-)

mike82346 said...

Randy- I have much enjoyed your Blog in the past but do not plan to read it anymore. You may not realize that since you teamed up with, you have lost most of your credibility regarding online selling. Every word you blog now will be suspect as your readers know that you have to tow the line and keep the "secrets", so to speak. Good luck to you.

Randy Smythe said...


When I write something you can trust that I'm not filtering what I'm saying but I may not write as much as in the past.

The posts I write on MyBlogUtopia will always be 100% of my 15% (opinion) The folks at Buy have not restricted me in any way.

A rule of thumb will be if I write something and post it here, it will be the same old Randy, I just may not write as much.

If a topic is sensitive or requires spin, I just won't write it. So I would say you can continue to read my stuff, it just won't be as broad in the past.

As for eBay, I'm not writing much about them these days because I'm bored with writing the same stuff, not because I'm worried it will cause problems at Buy.

You are correct that I'm not going to be digging up dirt or looking for scoops anymore but if they come my way I'll still write about them.

Thanks for reading.

Parrish said...


Is the 3rd party merchant program at buy a lot different than other venues? Let me explain my question a bit. I took a look at books today at the buy site, other sellers are listed selling some of the books, but when you click to purchase them, you are taken to the sellers web site to complete the transaction, as apposed to completing the transaction at the site. Is this just in media, or site wide at buy?

Randy Smythe said...


Actually, I know what you are referring to. If we do not have the product in stock or have no marketplace merchants selling it then we show other websites who have the product. It would be form of sponsored link.

We only do this when we do not have it in stock or have a merchant who can fill the order.

Parrish said...

I just went back to look again. I see what you are saying. I happened to pick books that fit that scenario.

I have a bunch of questions about the merchant program. I read the FAQ's etc. and still have a bunch. Where should I go to voice them? Is there a public forum available to ask so that other can see the answers? Or better yet to find my answers before asking because someone else has already asked.

Henrietta said...

"I'm not going to be digging up dirt or looking for scoops anymore but if they come my way I'll " . . . send them to Henrietta.


Anonymous said...

The guy's name is Grover. How bad can he be?

Anonymous said...

So the Buybak site just wasn't profitable enough? I see you passed it on to someone else. 2 years on, I still don't see how anyone can make any real money from doing it, (except possibly Steve B. the landlord), you have all these buybak sites competing for the same search engine traffic, ruinous competition, all coming from the same source...

Randy Smythe said...


Advertising costs were certainly a concern as far as growing it and my focus is on other things right now.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see your still blogging even though you went to the dark side :) Kelly