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January 27, 2008

Marketplaces ChannelAdvisor By ChannelAdvisor

This is going to be a crazy week.  The big eBay e-commerce forum commences tomorrow evening in Washington DC and runs through mid-day Wednesday. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that they are set to announce major changes to the eBay marketplace.  They’ve said for sure we’ll hear about fees, and then there have been some hints, like this NYT piece, something major (and beyond Finding 2.0 it seems) with the eBay search engine.  The hints point to some kind of magical new way for fixed-price and auction to live together in a blissful BestMatch harmony.  Hmm, sounds too good to be true?  Also on the conference call there were some hints about trust and safety changes coming too.

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’re familiar with my “3 F’s to fix eBay: Finding, Fees and Fraud”.  Well it sounds like they are going to be doing something in all three buckets this week.  You wanted change – you got it! (gulp)

I’ll be at the event doing all the blogging possible (allowed) of the big announcements.  Perhaps even more importantly, I wanted to use this opportunity with eBay’s largest sellers to get their reaction to these changes.  I’ll be typing up some of those, but I also wanted to try out some video blogging so will be doing some on the fly interviews of top sellers and posting them here as time allows.  If you’re a seller and planning to be there, let me know if you want to do an interview, the beers on me (after the interview of course).

So check your feeds fast and furiously dear subscribers because it’s going to be a wild week!