Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.

In case you are wondering ... I am still alive and doing very well. 

Contrary to a little rumor going around. I have not stopped blogging because my new employer, told me too. I'm not blogging much lately because I'm very busy at my new job and my time and energy is being spent helping make's Marketplace the best place on the web for online merchants.

I still follow eBay, Amazon and even Bonanzle. In fact I just talked to eBay managers yesterday about Tuesday's announcements, but when I sat down to write the post, I just lost interest -- Ina, Scot and Tamebay covered the announcements very well; there was no need for my 15%. 

The only reason I'm blogging tonight is because a commenter on Ina's ProStores blog post mentioned a rumor that I stopped blogging because my boss at Buy told me to stop bashing eBay. Anyone who knows my boss would laugh at that.

I still love blogging and will get back to it regularly when I can figure out a better writing schedule. I am a creature of habit and I had a routine that has changed since I started working at Buy. I haven't figure out a new schedule yet.

For those of you still reading: 

I really love what I'm doing. I'm going on my 3rd month at and really enjoying myself. Not many people even know that Buy has a marketplace, but that will all change this year. I call us "the little marketplace that could", because nobody even includes us in the marketplace discussion. is known as a retailer, but we are so much more than that. 

Just my 15%


Drake said...

My biggest problem with and their site is there are too many ads on the site. I try to search for stuff and there are anywhere from 2 to 6 ads distracting me from the product I am actually interested in. The ads make the page too busy and chaotic for shopping.

A good example is a search for iPod Touch. There is a flash ad above the fold and then the first results. If what you are looking for isn't there, the next page has 5 ads. I counted a total of 9 ads on the page.

Tula said...

Glad to see you're still around! Are you blogging elsewhere or planning to blog here about I've been purchasing from Buy for years, with no problems, and I'm interested in their marketplace concepts. It's always good to look into alternate venues, and thus far, you're correct in that there's been little said about's entry into this space. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying your new job. As someone who's been unemployed since November, I envy that ;-)

Randy T said...

Randy, I still use your blog daily as my portal to check out the incoming headlines for all the other blogs in your blogroll. For me, this works way better than getting an RS feed from countless sources...

Just thought you would like to know that some sellers are still using what you've created here as a good resource!

ms.pat said...

Was beginning to worry about you Randy. I'm happy to hear you like your new job. Don't forget us though...okay? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Randy, Good to hear from you. I registered at today and listed 1 item just as a test. I'll be adding about 50 items next week and will be very interested in seeing the results.

It would be great if we heard more from you regarding Buy. Why don't you blog here about them. I don't think many people (me included) know much about them, so give us some info please.

Looking forward to your response.

Thanks and Good Luck.


Randy Smythe said...


We do have a few ads, but if you actually look at them many of them are just banners pointing to another section on the site.

Tula, I may begin blogging about here, haven't decided yet. Hope you get a job soon.

Thanks Randy T!

Ms. Pat, I won't forget, Ill eventually blog more regularly.


Drop me a line at randys at buy dot com. I'll give you some pointers.

2010 or Bust said...

Randy, glad to hear you are still on the happy side of the lawn.

Does Buy have any plans to have a retail hub that allows sellers to list non UPC or ISBN items either on their main site or in a sub-domain?

This is where eBay is still the 9000 pound gorilla -- it is the only site with any traffic (other than specialty sites like Etsy) that allows for this type of selling. Seems to me there is a huge opportunity there and that Buy may have the resources to market that and if they have that as part of a checkout system (what a concept!!!) they would have a huge leg up on eBay in that dept.

Would be happy to talk to you this directly at some point.

Moonlight said...

Randy, I still check your blog every day. I know that whatever you have to say will give me insight into the ecommerce world.

It doesn't matter to me what you blog about, just write something when you have the time.

ms.pat said...

Say Randy - why not suggest to your bosses that they need an art section so a bunch of us artists can list our wares with them ;-) Tell them we're starving LOL

Randy Smythe said...


We do have art on the site in the Home Decor sub category of Home and Outdoor, but there really isn't much demand for it yet on the site.

As we get demand we expand our categories.

Randy Smythe said...


It looks like I'm going to start blogging about Buy at My Blog Utopia, at least until we get our blog going at Buy.

email me at randys at buy dot come

Anonymous said...


Randy Smythe said...


Thanks for pointing that out.

Anonymous said...

Just start a Buy Blog Utopia, and a My Blog Utopia.

The two button approach!

Anonymous said...

A little disappointed that you lost interest in blogging about eBay. I agree that other bloggers have covered the recent announcement well, but would have enjoyed reading your thoughts, however brief.

Et tu, Brute! said...

I for one am sick of nothing but ebay, ebay, ebay!

I have totally and completely left ebay and am selling on other sites, and thriving.

Simultaneously, periodicals such as weeklies and monthlies are also beginning to catch on to other venues besides ebay -- think Etsy and Craigslist, to mention a couple but by no means that being all -- and find it a breath of fresh air and mental health to see posts of other places!

Keep up the good work, Randy! And hopefully, more regarding other sites, as well, IF time will allow for you.

Even though I, too, loathe and despise ebay, I am so weary of wallowing in that mire!

ms.pat said...

I wouldn't worry much about Ebay. It seems articles that would have gathered over 100 comments on how sellers are being forked over by ebay now have dwindled down to just a few comments each. Ebay's time is passing - I can't wait because it will mean more publicity for other venues. Sellers are getting on with their lives...just like Randy here, who doesn't expect to blog as much about Ebay anymore.

Anonymous said...

Well I guess if Randy can't find time to blog about eBays annual announcement we can't look for him to find time for much else.

So yes, Randy has "moved on with his life" and is not posting on every blog around and writing his own were he just complains and complains.