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StoreSlider lets you quickly search through eBay

While eBay's built-in search is certainly handy, it's not very visual. StoreSlider provides a thumbnail-laden alternative. You select a category, enter a couple of keywords, choose a sorting order, and bam! tons of auctions pop up, each with a large, pretty image. You can also select the sorting order (Best match, Ending soonest, etc. – same options as on eBay), and filter by "Buy it Now"...

eBay to eliminate listing fees for casual sellers

You know, I can't remember the last time I wrote an article about eBay fees that wasn't about the company raising fees or angering users. But the latest announcement from the company is that eBay will eliminate listing fees for users that sell fewer than 5 items each month on the online auction site. You'll still have to pay a sales fee of 8.75% of the final sale price, with a ceiling of $20 (in...

eBay to ban checks and money orders in late October

There's no question that PayPal is one of the easiest ways to send and receive payments for items bought on eBay. But since the online auction site was founded, users were able to send checks or arrange payments via other methods if they were more convenient. Now all that's about to change. Starting in about a month, eBay will stop allowing users to send checks or money orders as payment for items...

eBay to de-emphasize auctions, lose all distinctiveness

Online auction site eBay has two things that make it different from every other online store. First, it's a virtual bazaar where anyone can hawk their own goods rather than a traditional storefront where a company maintains and sells its own inventory. Second, as an auction site, there's a chance that buyers will get a real bargain, or that sellers will get more than an item is worth. For a while...

eBay eliminates negative feedback from sellers

As expected, eBay has banned sellers from leaving negative or neutral feedback. Earlier this ear the auction site announced plans to change its feedback policy in order to discourage sellers from leaving negative feedback in retribution for negative comments from buyers. On the one hand, this seems like a reasonable measure to prevent sellers from abusing the feedback system. On the other...

eBay bans auctions of digital downloads

Online auction site eBay is changing its policy on digital items that are delivered electronically. Instead of selling these items via auction, eBay now requires sellers to take out 30-day classified ads for $9.95 to sell digital goods. The change is intended to prevent sellers from artificially boosting their feedback ratings by selling thousands of identical downloads for as little as pennies....

eBay sellers launch boycott, nobody notices

What if you held a protest and nobody noticed? Unfortunately it happens all the time. And while a group of eBay sellers who are protesting eBay's new fees are getting some media attention for their week-long boycott, the truth is that it's hard to findy any real impact on the auction site. The boycott launched on Monday, and according to Fortune Small Business, eBay listings are down just 3%....

eBay to eliminate negative feedback from sellers

Have you ever bought something on eBay only to have a problem with the transaction? Maybe the seller never shipped the item, or didn't respond to your questions. Maybe it was damaged and the seller wouldn't let you return it. Or maybe the item arrived late or wasn't as described. The first thing many of us would do is leave negative feedback for the seller. But sometimes we stop to think twice...

eBay to cut listing fees to stay competitive

Want to sell some old junk lying around the house on eBay, but don't feel like putting up with listing fees? The company has announced plans to cut listing fees by up to 50 percent. The cuts aren't across the board. In fact, some fees will be raised. For example, if your items sells for less than $25, you'll now be charged 8.75 increase. The new fees take effect on February 20th and are aimed at...

eBayers save billions each year

There's a reason we love to shop on eBay and other auction sites that sell new and used goods. It's cheaper to buy second hand stuff than to walk into a store and buy it in a shiny new package. How can you put a value on that? Pretty easily it turns out. Two researchers at the University of Maryland found that consumers saved more than $7 billion in 2003. While the team didn't look at all of...

Vzaar: this is what happens when you add videos to eBay

It's no secret that a good photo can make or break your eBay auction. If you snap a blurry photo, buyers have every reason to believe you're trying to hide something. But if you show that same item with a series of bright and shiny photos potential buyers are more likely to trust you. And if you take a video showing that your old PC or motorcycle actually starts up, you're golden. Vzaar is a...

eBay-Skype-PayPal integration extravaganza

What do you do when you own the world's biggest auction site, VoIP network, and online payment service? Hook 'em all together, of course. Today there's a bunch of news floating around about Skype being integrated with both eBay and PayPal. First is a little screenshot from Random Good Stuff that shows two new PayPal functions in the upcoming Skype 2.5, one for sending money via Skype and one for...