To the incoming CEO and Board of ebay sign now

To the incoming CEO and Board of ebay,

Regarding the new Feedback Policy and Fees that you propose to introduce.
Please allow us, your CUSTOMERS, the ebay SELLERS, to point out some defects
in your theory:

1) Your new policy would make sense if ebay transactions were multi-directional (ie: you took fees from BOTH Buyers and Sellers) transactions on ebay are uni-directional (ie: you receive fees only from sellers). Yet your new policy favors those from whom you derive no direct profit and penalizes those who make up your Revenue Base. This is contrary to good business practice and common sense. In fact, it borders on Commercial insanity.

2) Under the New Policy it will be nearly impossible for any normal Seller to avoid Delayed Payment. This may favor PayPal, enabling it to take profit from money in temporary limbo in the same way as a normal Banking House, but it will drive thousands of smaller Sellers to the wall or out of ebay. At the moment other Online Auction Venues are virtually non-existent but if smaller sellers are driven elsewhere in large numbers, and they will be, and if those other venues employ googlebombing and viral marketing, etc and they will, they will expand rapidly and ebay will contract, equally rapidly. You cannot afford that contraction of your customer base, consult Yahoo!

If a large corporation, such as Google or Amazon, decides that this is the time to go into direct, functional, competition with you, something that until now has always proven unprofitable in the extreme, you will be damaged past the point of recovery. The same would apply if they decide to covertly back a smaller competitior, a choice they may very well choose to make, since otherwise they would fall foul of European Monopolies and Merger Laws. Bear in mind also that even Microsoft is losing against the European Regulators and your proposed changes may cause ebay to fall foul of them, too. Can ebay afford a 5 or 6 billion euro Fine? Especially with falling revenue due to a contracting customer base?

3) You express a desire to "Get away from the culture of the flea market", but it is precisely upon this culture that ebay has thrived. Take out the Small Speciality Sellers or simply the Small Sellers and ebay will find itself in direct competition with Amazon. Amazon will win, because your large Powersellers already happen to be Amazon customers, too, and Amazon offers a better deal, better service, better support and lower overhead. The Powersellers use ebay to get greater exposure. You need them much more than they need you. What ebay is to the Small Seller Amazon is to the Big Seller. And many Small Sellers in the DVD and Book fields, etc have already moved to Amazon, more will follow and the Speciality Sellers will go to another Online Venue. When that happens ebay will go into meltdown. You live on being the biggest fish in the pond. Any contraction of your status or a move to another pond will prove deadly. PayPal will survive, though probably as a division of Google or Yahoo, but ebay will die.

4) Face a fact, ebay is the world's biggest Flea Market! Nothing more, nothing less. Our customers, the Buyers, come to us because they haven't heard of any of the other Flea Markets, but if we go to another Flea Market so do they. Many Buyers and Sellers have already gone to Amazon or other places, more will follow if you make your changes. A nickel off a listing fee is nice but a 3.5\% rise in the Final Value Fees is a killer. Delayed Payment is a killer. Inability to weed out Bad Buyers is a killer. The biggest killer of all is non-payment and you are giving the fraudsters and the thieves among the Buyers a charter to rip off the Sellers and the Sellers are your customers. Yes, some Sellers are crooks, thieves, frauds and con-artists and
you are really inefficient at weeding them out, but does that give you a right to rob those who aren't or to help others to rob them? NO!!

Accordingly, we recommend that you reverse these catastrophically stupid
Feedback and Fee changes. WE, YOUR CUSTOMERS, THE EBAY SELLERS, don't want to see ebay go to the wall, it would be inconvenient to us but we will survive.
Why do you want to put yourselves out of work? Amazon and Google won't employ
you and any new venue supports the "culture of the flea market" by definition and so won't.

Wake up! Dump these changes.

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  • 25 December 2015100. William Jk
    Leave it the same. Country U.S.A.
  • 25 December 201599. Cindy Meyer
    I support this petition
  • 17 December 201598. Larry E
    You are going to lose a lot of sellers and only have buyers left
  • 15 December 201597. Lauraine S
    I support this petition
  • 19 November 201596. James Mcknight
    your new "changes" are ridiculus!! Country USA
  • 31 October 201595. Stephen M
    Like many others, unless there is a change, my Ebay store will close before March 1.
  • 29 October 201594. Deborah M
    I support this petition
  • 23 August 201593. William Rg
    I support this petition
  • 14 August 201592. Kailah K
    You make money on all of us, why kill us off with these new changes? You should want everyone's business. This just hurts us in the long run. Country USA
  • 26 July 201591. Holly E
    eBay member since February 1998 Country USA
  • 24 July 201590. Sherry M
    This new structure can eventually cause Ebay to collaspe.
  • 16 July 201589. Sue M
    Please reconsider no Feedback for Buyers. It is a Giant Mistake! Country USA
  • 07 July 201588. Don H
    Since the FB system will be meaningless to me, I'll no longer leave fb if these chagnes go into effect Country USA
  • 26 June 201587. Thomas B
    giving up powerseller, leaving no FB, dropping PP, going to new Site, u made some BAD DECISIONS feebay Country USA
  • 17 June 201586. Harry H
    My eBay ID is hharper1321. I am a Powerseller and a member since 2001. Unless these proposed changes are reversed, I am gone. I have already signed a petition imploring Google to go into direct competition with you, and will do all in my power to help the
  • 06 June 201585. Darrell K
    I can only hope that cooler heads will prevail. Country USA
  • 02 June 201584. Darla L
    I support this petition
  • 31 May 201583. Elaine W
    eBay is running mom-and-pop away
  • 30 May 201582. Dale M
    В Country USA
  • 27 May 201581. Heather A
    I support this petition
  • 26 May 201580. Darcy V
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  • 19 May 201579. Murrel L
    I've been away for awhile from ebay but am now looking for another venue. Country United States of America
  • 06 May 201578. Fauzia I
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  • 04 May 201577. Rd A
    The Seller is Ebays Customer NOT the Buyer Country USA
  • 01 May 201576. Deb Henson
    What is the matter with you? How do you think you make your money? From the buyers? NO! Obviously if we stop selling, there would be no buyers. eBay has stood up for the buyers for sometime now, and the sellers are the ones paying for it.
  • 20 April 201575. David G
    I support this petition
  • 19 April 201574. R F
    I hope Ebay becomes a "dollar store" if these changes stay in place. Country USA

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