PESA have posted a position statement on the health of the eBay marketplace. Ina Steiner of AuctionBytes describes it as “almost brutally critical” of eBay, but it’s key recommendations have been undermined at eBay Live! this week. PESA make three recommendations, each of which eBay has announced already:
eBay are already testing different fees for different categories, for instance on eBay.co.uk media sellers (CD, DVD, books etc) have a different listing fee schedule to other categories. Similarly technology categories have category-specific selling fees. Additionally eBay have announced different finding methods for specific categories such as Product Based Seach Results and visual buying strategies introduced for Shoes, Clothing art and Jewelry.
Overall the suggestions made by PESA are realistic and doable, eBay have simply stolen their thunder by introducing almost all the measures they’ve asked for within hours of the statement being published!