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What Is Going to Happen to eBay - Is eBay Going to Change?

Updated on February 4, 2012
Private sales on eBay may come to an end
Private sales on eBay may come to an end

Is eBay going to stay the way it is?

eBay is the largest and the oldest online auctions website. We all know about it and most of use have browsed the goods for sale on eBay at least once. And I personally know a lot of people who use eBay to make money. In fact, some of my friends earn their living selling things on eBay.

Anyone can sell on eBay - whether you are selling a CD, a vintage poster, a computer, a digital camera or a harpsichord, eBay will help you find the buyer for your goods. All you need to do is receive the payment and ship off whatever you are selling. Believe it or not, people make good money selling their junk. But I've received word that all this is going to change, and soon.

Leaked: insider information about eBay plans

You see, one of the people I communicate with works for eBay (sorry, I can't name him). And yesterday my friend shared some news about the changes that eBay is planning to implement at the end of this month (February 2012). Let me tell you that you won't be happy to hear this if you are a private seller. So, here's the news: as of late February - early March 2012, eBay is going to get rid of the auctions system and it will only let big sellers use it. This means that if you are a private seller, you won't be able to use eBay to sell things anymore.

Of course, this could only be rumours, even though I got this information from someone who works for eBay. But I have a nasty feeling that eBay can scrape the auctions system and become just a regular online store. If that happens, it won't be possible to make a private sale on eBay and thousands of people will lose eBay as their souse of income. Let's hope this will not happen, though.

Right now, all we can do is wait and see what happens at the end of this month. But if you are planning to sell something on eBay, better do it now or it might be too late.


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    • Snurre profile image

      Snurre 6 years ago

      Well, if that happens you won't be able to sell on eBay at all, as you are not a store. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Madurai 6 years ago from Online

      If eBay encourages big sellers, that also will be helpful, because earlier I was selling in eBay as hobby only. Thanks for SHARING:)

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      You are right that they should try to stop scammers, rather than restrict how the site is used. But we'll see what happens. Thanks for commenting.

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      Maximizer 6 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

      Would that even work? This is a site that was built up on allowing anyone with an account to sell stuff, and now they're one of the biggest websites around. I think putting forth more of an effort to stop scammers and duplicate accounts would work better, but hey, what do I know?

      My friend's mom made a very substantial second income on eBay, which started by just selling off his old toys and games. If they do this it will really cut out the little guy and make it harder for self-starters to, well, start.

      Thanks for SHARING

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment, Dawn. You are right - eBay will lose in a way, but they will be better protected and there will be less chance that they will be held liable for any buyer-seller problems.

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      Dawn Conklin 6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      It wouldn't surprise me to be honest. I hope it doesn't happen but with private auctions, they run the risk of unhappy customers. If the person doesn't ship on time or really any other matters. If it is a bigger entity that is selling on Ebay, there is a company to hold liable.

      They may also be concerned about the laws that Congress was debating about copyright and holding the big companies liable. Tho it would be a big disappointment and I think it would really hurt Ebay to do so, I can see where they are coming from. I don't agree with it but do understand if that makes sense.