The only thing that’s certain when you’re selling on eBay is change. Policies change at least twice a year, so do item categories.
The newest elephant in the room is eBay’s announcement that both eBay and PayPal were hacked. Nearly 150 million user ID’s are at risk. Every time users sign in they are reminded they need to change their passwords. If they want to buy or sell anything they hit a brick wall until they change their password.
For most people that’s a little scary. If you’re a worry wart it’s likely to send you scurrying to another site like Amazon, Etsy, or Bonanza.
The real stickler is: eBay’s not doing anything to make it better. They’re not doing anything to comfort buyers. They’re not telling buyers or sellers here’s what we did to make buying and selling on eBay safer. Here’s what we did to safeguard your financial information with PayPal.
The other big hurt for eBay sellers is Life Lock. They’re all over the airwaves advertising - Hey! Look what happened to eBay and PayPal. You’re at risk, but not to worry, we’re here to help you. That’s what sellers need eBay to do. But, they’re not doing anything. eBay’s sitting there closed mouth, not saying anything about the breach, while our sales go to merchants on other sites.
Why am I telling you this? Because no one else will. They’re afraid you won’t buy their book if no one’s buying anything from you. I’m not going to lie to you.
It sucks, but…
If you’re already selling on eBay, odds are you’re already feeling the pain. If you’re new to eBay and listening to this audiobook for advice on getting started, keep in mind - selling on eBay doesn’t mean you aren’t going hit some icy patches now and then.