Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Is eBay Dead?

I used to think eBay was recession proof.  In fact, I thought a recession was good for eBay.  The worse the economy got, the better I seemed to do on the site.  My auctions did well.  My store did well.  The past year and a half, however, has seen a massive drop in the amount of sales I made, and I don't think I'm alone.  Some of my friends who used to sell on eBay now utilize Craigs List and Amazon.  They say it the sole factor is they make sales.

I started this blog as a way to promote my items on eBay.  It worked for a short time, but I've noticed less and less traffic, and that's either due to the fact that there are more items to navigate through on eBay, less people coming to eBay, or I just don't have the items people want.  The latter seems less likely, as I've always carried the same types of items.  (I have also noticed an upswing in deadbeat bidders, too.)  More items on eBay is great for the site and the consumer, so I won't argue that one, but less visitors overall is bad news for everyone.

If you are a seller, what has your experience been as of late (and feel free to set up a link to your eBay store in your comments -- I don't mind promoting other people's stores as well)?  What have you noticed? 

If you are a buyer, where are you doing the majority of your buys from?  Is it eBay?  Amazon?  What have you noticed?

Time will tell if I keep the eBay store going.  Right now it is not looking good.  My last eBay sale was a non-paying bidder.  This was about two weeks ago.  If you make your living on eBay, that kind of thing is downright terrifying.  What do you think is causing it? 

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