eBay-wannabees eBid are opening four new national sites: members in South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore and India will be able to buy and sell as of next week. Apparently this is in response to “demand from users in other countries”. eBid are also trumpeting successful figures: November 2007 saw an increase in sales on 57% in the UK and 221% in the US… measured against figures from June 2007. If you can’t increase sales in the month before Christmas, you’re doing something really wrong: year on year figures would have been a much truer measure of sales growth. As those have not been given out, the natural assumption is that they weren’t actually all that impressive.
Meanwhile, professional sellers who use eBay as one of their channels, who are frequently told by eBid fans that they should give other auction sites a chance, might like to consider this thread from the eBid forums: 9 sales is a good month on eBid. I’m happy for their happy seller, but frankly that wouldn’t even keep this household in cat food.
I’m often accused of bias against non-eBay auction sites, and it’s true: I don’t think there’s a single one where you can make a decent living. So while I have their attention, I’ll throw a challenge to eBid: find me half a dozen people who make their full-time living on eBid (excluding employees!) and I’ll give it a go myself. And blog it, of course. 😉