eBay announced its upcoming seller updates for the fall. eBay's Dinesh Lathi says the updates will help sellers take advantage of increased holiday traffic, maximize sales, and streamline their operations. "As promised, we’re continuing to consolidate changes that impact your selling into two or three releases per year with lead time to adapt," he says.
Listing iPod/MP3 players, GPS, and DVDs with the eBay catalog will be required (for both Auction-style and Fixed Price). Sellers won't have to pay insertion fees.
eBay will provide a listing analytics application showing impressions, clicks, and sales. Sellers will be able to bulk-edit more fields, and revise up to 500 listings at a time. There will be an auto-relist option in eBay's Unpaid Item Assistant.
Shipping options will be displayed prominently with estimated delivery time on item pages and in checkout. Sellers will have the option to exclude buyers or show exact charges based on locations like Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO addresses, Guam and Puerto Rico. The shipping will let sellers specify one domestic and one international discount, and there will be shipping insurance with eBay label printing.
The "ask a question" link will be moved down on item pages, and Automated Answers will be enabled for all sellers. My Messages will be able to be used as a "central inbox" for buyer email with out-of-office replies, customized email signatures, and message filtering.
eBay's fall updates are scheduled to take place between September 7 and September 13. Read about the updates in greater detail here.
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