Many years ago when I first started selling on eBay I was always impressed to see the number of eBay staff who sold online. If you ever went into the eBay offices you’d see desks piled high with items listed on the site waiting to be shipped as soon as the auctions finished.
Jamie Parkins who looked after sellers was a prolific seller as was Matt Priddle who ran eBay Universities and Matt didn’t just sell, he for many years run an eBay Shop and was a PowerSeller (as well as doing his day job working for eBay). Matt was all to familiar with the day to day problems that eBay sellers faced, especially those running an eBay business alongside a full time job as that’s exactly what he did.
Over the weekend I was thrilled to see a LinkedIn post from an eBay Sales Director who is now an eBay Top Rated Seller. I’m not going to disclose his real name as he obviously still works for the company in a senior position, so I’ll call him ‘Bert’ but many eBay employees will know who he is.
Bert decided to do some business selling to step into eBay seller’s shoes and so will be discovering some of the issues that you encounter every day running your business. One thing I can tell you is that he has a late delivery rate of 2.38% (Top Rated Sellers have an allowance of 3%) so Bert is doubtless familiar with how buyers rate him and consequently how buyers rate you.
I’m massively impressed with Bert, he’s not a big seller, he’s not running a business full time as a PowerSeller. What he is doing is using the site as a business seller and at least getting some real life insights into how eBay works and the problems that sellers encounter.
I wish there were more eBay Directors like Bert. Top marks my friend!