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Martha Stewart To Leave eBay

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First a quick Note:

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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.

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.