Category Archives: eBay

Finally! The Paypal Debit Card with the EMV Chip is here

We’ve just received the Paypal Debit card that has the EMV chip in it.

Because of the extra security and privacy that EMV chips have, I’ve made sure I upgraded all my cards as soon as it was available, however, the Paypal card took over 2 years since the implementation of EMV chips arrived in the US.

However, it’s finally here with an extra benefit: The added convenience of tap-to-pay option where available. Pretty cool.

Here are all the benefits:

If you didn’t get your card yet and you have the old Paypal Business Debit card, you can always go to the debit card page within your Paypal account and replace the old card with a new one.

Read more about the card on the Paypal welcome kit page here.

As for why I am a huge advocate of EMV chips, I will write up another article about it.

Dear eBay: I Told You So… A Series of eBay fuckups “exposed”

At one point or another, every company fuckup somehow. The bigger the company is the worse the fuckups are. But the amount of eBay fuckups is so beyond the average of any other aged giant. And they not only impact their users in a harmful way directly and indirectly, those screw ups effect their employees and shareholders as well.

Now don’t get me wrong, eBay was there for me when I started from nothing, I still feel that eBay will rise again someday, and I believe that it is still a great marketplace for everyone alike. So, in no way shape or form this series of articles is to trash eBay, however, throughout the years I’ve seen many things happening first hand with eBay and within eBay, bad decisions, bad practices and a ton of human bad apples. It’s at the point that someone needs to speak up about all of it and hopefully it will be heard by the right people.

Links to all articles related to this series will be added here as the articles are published.

eBay Science Data equals HAPPY ME!

This little overdue post is about the eBay 2016 Fall Seller Update. Here’s a screenshot:

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Notice that I pointed the red arrows to my favorite parts? Of course you did.

eBay is finally bringing the data and the science of selling into the light. Not that eBay didn’t have any of this before this seller update, but it’s been kinda hard to get to the data within your eBay seller account before this point. Remember when I talked about eBay’s new Seller hub? That’s when eBay started bringing your seller’s data right in front of you.

I have been an advocate of selling scientifically based on data, whether it’s collected within your account or from the entire eBay eco-system. Many tools within eBay will show you just that, however an extensive source of data can be found through my number one source of eBay data, a company/service called Terapeak.

Terapeak has been collecting eBay data for years, you can check on your own data, the entire eBay marketplace, and even spy on your competition. All in a nice and easy to read data sheets.

I can not even begin to describe the humongous amount of POWER that I have combining both eBay’s own data and Terapeak’s historic data that helps me decide on my next successful selling strategies.

If you are an eBay seller or thinking of becoming one, I highly recommend that you signup with eBay to get their quarterly seller update newsletter.

eBay to Shutdown Classifieds

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Years ago eBay purchased global classifieds giant Kijiji. It did operate as Kijiji for a while until eBay finally (and slowly) changed it to ebayclassifieds.com.
Today, we received emails from eBay Classifieds that it will be shutdown shortly, I will assume that it’s because of the low traffic they have had since they made the switch.
eBay also had purchased mobile local trading app Close5 about a year or so ago and it looks like it’s gaining momentum in the ranks of local trading apps market. eBay is pushing Close5 to be “The” replacement of eBay classifieds as you can read in the email screenshot above.

About Close5: We have personally used it last year before our big move and were successful selling a few items we needed to get rid of, however other more popular local selling apps like Wallapop and OfferUp gave us better results.
eBay Classifieds will stop accepting new postings by the end of August and will completely shutdown by September 30th 2016.
RIP eBay Classifieds.

Happy Belated Cyber Monday 2015 (In Numbers)

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It’s the day after Cyber Monday, we have just finished shipping and fulfilling our orders, and the numbers are in…

We have made more online sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday than Cyber Monday this year.

Adobe analysis determined that 105 million people visited retailers on Black Friday and 103 million of them ended up making a purchase, also for the first time in history, Black Friday online sales topped the in-store shopping numbers.

Now with our numbers, if you count the entire weekend from Thanksgiving until Cyber Monday at midnight, all of our online sales were up a 12.3% comparing to last years sales. However, for Cyber Monday alone, the sales went down 7.9% (again compared to last years totals).

This is not counting the incredible success I had with the Master eBay In A Weekend course that I ran a promotion for last week, we sold all 500 spots in a record 3 days and 2 hours from the second I launched it. (for those who have been asking, I may open a few more spots at the same price, I just have been busy with Cyber weekend sales).

I think more people are realizing that shopping on Amazon or eBay is safer, easier and for almost the same prices as if you went to wait for a week outside of Walmart to get the best deals just to end up stepped on by the herd of people behind you, even worse to look like an idiot like this guy in this video going up the escalator the wrong way! (Enjoy the video and happy Cyber Weekend).

Martha Stewart To Leave eBay

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First a quick Note:

We just started the count down for our eBay course, and we’re giving away a free video with live Q and A this Saturday (2 days from now), if you haven’t already, sign up for news and launch updates in your inbox from the signup form to the right of this post or at guruofsales.com)

Martha Stewart’ American Made store  just left eBay to go to Amazon.

This is not a bad thing for eBay at all.

In a statement from eBay’s VP of Merchandise, she said that there are still hundreds of sellers who used to sell through Martha’s eBay store now have their own eBay stores and continue to sell their products.

I think there were a few mistakes with this decision:

  1. Although data is great to rely on, the fact that Martha’s store might sell more products on Amazon, does not mean to completely close down a streamed line of product selling, I personally think they should have kept the eBay channel and expanded beyond that with other channels, I am a firm believer in not putting all your eggs in one basket.
  2. I think that her American Made team should have took my eBay course, why I say that? (Not to be cocky)  It’s because I have personally helped hundreds of individuals and big brand businesses build a great business with eBay throughout the years, and I made sure to put my experience and knowledge into it.
  3. I believe this entire situation is simply a marketing stunt to grab attention to the brand, I don’t necessary think it’s a bad thing for eBay or even Etsy for her brand to be on Amazon only.

As for handmade or home made products, I have always suggested to have it listed in as many channels as you can, the fact is that some people are completely loyal to one marketplace, if you’re an Esty buyer, you most likely don’t even shop on eBay or Amazon.

I have to mention that there are many services that will help you manage multiple channels completely from one interface, making your life (and your team’s) much easier.

What the DELAY? (eBay Course Launch)

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A crucial part of a course launch is the testing period.

When I decided to launch my best eBay course a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to get people to test it out.

Within 24 hours we found a bug in the payment system, and we fixed it, not only we fixed it, we found a few amazing extra options that we did not have in the old system, I think that’s pretty cool for us as well as you.

Another essential issue surfaced when I had to personally work on other things, the group I created for support had questions which I was not aware of for a couple of days at a time, and if you know me, I am not a wait in line type of a guy and I will not accept that for my clients, the issue of having someone assisting me in managing the group and to answer your questions was completely resolved when my AWESOME wife agreed to help manage the account and help you with any questions, she even studies the entire course and the bonus materials to be completely ready, this is why the course launch was delayed again, worry not, this is the last delay, the course is full of information, looks really great, easy to digest, the bonuses are in place, the site looks and works great and the new launch date is this Monday November 23rd. I am super excited about it that I am giving away a couple of free webinars and bonuses throughout the next 10 days.

A Letter from President Barack Obama to eBay Sellers

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A day before the tragedy of Paris we received a letter from President Barack Obama directly to all eBay sellers. Here’s a copy of it:

Nov 12, 2015

By: U.S. President Barack Obama

Hi eBay Main Street Community –

While most Americans are just beginning to think about Thanksgiving, I know that, for you, the holiday season has been in full swing for some time now. From checking inventory to promoting products and sorting out shipping logistics, there’s a lot that goes into meeting demand during the holidays. For you — and all of America’s online sellers – it’s crunch time.

And I’m sure the realities of the 21st century economy are making this season both more exciting—and more stressful. Demand has gone global. The majority of you have customers in foreign countries – and that’s not surprising. Today, 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside our borders—and it’s our small business owners who are often the first to reach them. In fact, 98 percent of those who sell American goods and services abroad are small and medium-sized business owners.

They’re sellers like Rebecca Germain, an international entrepreneur turned stay-at-home mom who used her business savvy and the freedom an open Internet provides to sell scrapbooking crafts on eBay. Or Nick Martin, a Wisconsin native who traded living out of his van for running a successful eBay business that continues to grow because of his ability to reach customers around the globe.

It’s businesses like yours that helped us sell a record-breaking $2.34 trillion in exports around the world last year, which supported nearly 12 million jobs here at home. However, while many on eBay are selling abroad, fewer than 5 percent of American small businesses are selling their products in foreign markets—and most who do export only sell to one country.

That’s got to change. If America is going to continue to lead, we have to make it easier for entrepreneurs like you to sell what you proudly make here in some of the fastest-growing markets around the world.

That’s why my team spent five years negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new trade agreement that levels the playing field for you and your employees, bringing down trade barriers like high taxes and red tape, while preserving free and open digital data flows between you and your customers in the Asia-Pacific.

You can read the full text of the deal right here.

Now, there’s a lot in there, and there are a lot of opinions and back and forth out there about the TPP, so I want you to hear straight from me exactly how this agreement will impact businesses like yours:

First, TPP will help preserve a free and open Internet. In the last six years, the number of people connecting to the Internet has nearly doubled to 3 billion, with the fastest growth in developing regions like Southeast Asia. In fact, TPP trading partners are home to over 300 million Internet users, and they’re looking to connect and buy from sellers like you. A free and open Internet will be vital to enabling tens of thousands of American small businesses the opportunity to sell to the full measure of consumers who are connected to the Internet – not just those with a locally-required Internet provider. (After all, a platform like eBay might not exist without a free and open Internet.)

With a chapter dedicated to e-commerce, TPP establishes rules for digital trade that will protect and empower online businesses in the global market. Under this agreement, companies and consumers can access and move data freely without facing arbitrary blocking of websites. Companies won’t have to build expensive and unnecessarily redundant data infrastructure in every market just because they want to sell there. Hate all the paperwork that accompanies doing global business today? TPP also promotes paperless trading—transitioning customs forms from paper to electronic format and providing for electronic authentication and signatures for consumer transactions.

This is also the first trade agreement ever to include a whole chapter dedicated to small business, addressing the chief obstacles so many business owners like you face in the global economy. Whether it’s burdensome customs regulations, the lack of efficient express delivery services or secure online payment options, differing regulatory regimes in foreign markets, or the slow delivery of small shipments, the TPP seeks to fix these issues by eliminating 18,000 taxes that various countries place on Made-in-America products, streamlining standards and technical regulations, strengthening intellectual property rights to fight counterfeiting and theft of your creative work, and more.

You can read these chapters and the rest of the TPP text here. If you do, I’m confident you’ll see why this trade deal will level the playing field for entrepreneurs like you and open up opportunity to expand in some of the fastest-growing markets in the world.

After all, small business—the business you’re doing right here on this platform—is propelling the American economy and our global economy forward. And the fact is that this deal can significantly impact the way you work and run your business.

So when you’re taking a look at the TPP, I hope you’ll take the time to dig into the details and see exactly how much it stands to help you and small business owners like you across the country.

Read the complete text right here.

Thank you – and happy selling.

President Barack Obama

Bad Will Happen, What Are Your Going To Do?

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Just Breathe.

The reason to get beta testers is to make sure everything is working, not perfectly, but as close to perfect as possible.

My eBay course beta testers were in love with the user interface, the membership portal worked great, however, 3 of the 5 payments did not go through, not only it’s technical issues with the payment gateway, it was also a matter of approval, that payment gateway customer service gave me hell and wasted 2 hours of my time on the phone with them. They said it would be a couple of days to resolve then this may happen again!

I hung up the phone, and just took a long breath.

I then decided to use another payment gateway, it will take 4 to 6 days to setup from beginning to end. This is why I am pushing the launch another 2 weeks, the new official launch date is November 10th.

I am OK with that, I made my peace with it, I learned a while ago that bad things will happen in business, no matter how perfect it is, you just have to breathe and pause for a second, and find a workaround or a solution for it. Everything is going to be fine.

And The eBay Course Beta Testers Are In!

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Super excited about my eBay course launch, I first announced it on this blog and on Periscope yesterday and the response was great.

I opened the doors to beta testers (only 5 testers) during my Scope yesterday and within an hour I got 5  people in, I did charge $200 plus the work and feedback they will help me with. By 9pm last night, and only 6 hours after I received another 9 requests, unfortunately I am only allowing 5 beta testers (which I think is sufficient enough), so the extra people would be joining the full program once I launch on Tuesday.

We already started working on testing the interface, and so far (thankfully) no issues, I even got 2 great comments on how awesome it looks.

Tomorrow, we will test the private group.

I’ll keep you updated throughout the launch about everything. And still supper excited.