I like eBay. I've bought things on it and sold them too - quite obscure things - and every time I've dealt with genuine, friendly people. When buying I've picked up a bargain - and when selling I've got way more than if I'd tried to sell to a shop. It's
worked for me - and I've liked it because it's based on trust. And I like PayPal too - it enables the likes of me to take credit cards very easily. It's liberating - you bypass big business.
Except of course eBay is big business. And they're about to get bigger. They've announced a raft of changes to 'benefit their customers' and some of the small traders are very unhappy. Most of the complaints are that the fees for the smaller seller are going
up and in some cases will drive them out of business and yet big sellers will be better off. eBay claim everyone will benefit - but they would wouldn't they?
It looks like the changes are geared towards attracting bigger vendors with fixed price products - or the BUY IT NOW button in eBay parlance. I've noticed this already - last time I looked for something I got one bloke in Cambridge and lots of results from
a large vendor in China offering fixed price products. Is this the future of eBay - a shopping mall instead of the car boot sale that was so endearing? That would be a real shame.
UK towns already all look the same - the same boring shops - and now eBay is to follow suit?
eBay price changes.