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eBay Radio Guests: March 20, 2018 – Show 716

20 Mar 2018 Blog

Our guests for eBay Radio Show #716 on March 20, 2018, are:

  • Tim Chapman, Top Rated Seller mr.customerservice: When and How to Use the Auction Format
  • Debbie Wieder, Top Rated Seller thebookkiosk: Customer-Focused Feedback Policies
  • Gladys Ramos, Top Rated Seller tokencollection: 5 Top Tips for Staying Successful on eBay
  • Marsha Collier, Author of the eBay and Social Media For Dummies Series and Top Rated Seller marsha_c: 5 Ways to Increase Your Sales
  • Chris Lin, Top Rated Seller thelowkeyhusky: How I’m Using Promotions Manager and 4 Other Strategies to Make More Sales


eBay Radio Guests: March 13, 2018 – Show 715

13 Mar 2018 Blog

Our guests for eBay Radio Show #715 for March 13, 2018, are:

  • Nicole Tabatabai, Director, Acquisition Marketing, BULQ: A New Way to Source Liquidation Goods
  • Stephanie Inge, eBay Educator and Top Rated Seller stephintexas: Remember the Noun and Other Tips for Writing Listings That Sell
  • Kathy Terrill, CEO, I Love to Be Selling, and eBay ID nycfitnessfamilyfinds: Our Meetup with Brian Burke, Director, Community Development & Seller Evangelism, eBay
  • Josh Brunner, Category Manager, Parts & Accessories, eBay: How to Use Private Offer
  • Betsie Bolger, eBay ID monjott: Soles with Soul – Selling Collectible Sneakers 


eBay Radio Guests: March 6, 2018 – Show 714

06 Mar 2018 Blog

Our guests for eBay Radio Show #714 on March 6, 2018, are:

  • Carolyn “CJ” Jacinto, Top Rated Seller xoxmas: 4 eBay Listing Tools You May Have Overlooked
  • Claudine Bushnell, Top Rated Seller alionqueen: 7 Keys to Maintaining Top Rated Seller Status
  • Vikki Eagan, Top Rated Seller lvpinkpanther: Why I Changed to Free Returns
  • Barbara Weltman , Attorney and Author of J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes 2018: What You Need to Know for Tax Time This Year
  • Charlene Anderson, Top Rated Seller purveyorallthingscreative: How I Handle One-Day Shipping


eBay Radio Guests: February 27, 2018 – Show 713

27 Feb 2018 Blog

Our guests for eBay Radio Show #713 (Spring Seller Update) on February 27, 2018, are:

  • Chris Van Wagoner, Senior Manager, Product-Based Shopping Experience, eBay: eBay’s New Product-Based Shopping Experience
  • Kristina Victor, Marketing Manager, Shipping, eBay: Spring 2018 Updates to eBay Guaranteed Delivery
  • Dallas Rowsell, Business Development 2, GSP, eBay: The New eBay Labels Experience
  • David Wohrman, Senior Product Marketing Manager, eBay: Spring 2018 Updates to eBay Stores Subscriptions
  • Linda Cornelison, Senior Manager, Global Customer Trust, eBay: Streamlined Returns in the 2018 Spring Seller Update

NRF: Online 2017 Holiday Sales Up 11.5% Over 2016

20 Feb 2018 Blog

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has crunched the numbers on holiday sales in 2017, and they recently released an analysis of the results. Here are some highlights:

Sales during November and December increased 5.5 percent over the same period in 2016 — to $691.9 billion — as growing wages, stronger employment, and higher confidence led consumers to spend more than expected. That $691.9 billion includes $138.4 billion in online and other non-store sales, which were up 11.5 percent over the previous year.

There were increases in every retail category except sporting goods during the holiday season, which NRF defines as November 1st through December 31st.

These results exceeded NRF’s forecast and marked the largest increase since the 5.2 percent year-over-year gain seen in 2010 after the end of the Great Recession.

eBay Radio Guests: February 13, 2018 – Show 712

13 Feb 2018 Blog

Our guests for eBay Radio Show #712 on February 13, 2018, are:

  • Danna Crawford, CEO, PowerSellingMom Inc., and Top Rated Seller danna: Why You Should Love What You List
  • Joe DeMarco, Top Rated Seller hubcapjoes and crazeenydriver on YouTube: What I Love Most about eBay
  • Bob Kupbens, Vice President of B2C Selling & Global Trust, eBay: Creating a Modern Retail Marketplace Together in 2018
  • Robbin Levin, Top Rated Seller beadshine: Why I Love the People eBay Has Brought to Me
  • Gina Muff, Top Rated Sellerclassysoles: Why I Love eBay and Selling What I Love


eBay Radio Guests: February 6, 2018 – Show 711

06 Feb 2018 Blog

Our guests for eBay Radio Show #711 on February 6, 2018, are:

  • Barbara Weltman, Attorney and Author of J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes 2018: What You Need to Know About Taxes This Year
  • Sherry Gilson, Top Rated Seller mylittlegeneralstore: Writing Titles That Sell Your Clothing Items
  • Greg Miller, Lead Adventurer, Expeditions 7 – Greenland, and Proprietor, Land Cruiser Heritage Museum: Your Chance to Cruise Across Greenland for a Good Cause
  • Debbie Wieder, Top Rated Seller thebookkiosk: The Pros and Cons of Media Mail
  • Lynn Dralle, Top Rated Seller thequeenofauctions and Ruler of The Queen’s Court: My Venture in Ventura


eBay Radio Guests: January 30, 2018 – Show 710

30 Jan 2018 Blog

Our guests for eBay Radio Show #710 on January 30, 2018, are:

  • James Hendy, Senior Director, C2C Seller Services & Operations, eBay: Updates to eBay Authenticate
  • Louise Sanchez, eBay Educator and Top Rated Seller herbscraftsgifts: 6 Ways to Encourage Sales
  • Vicki Conley, eBay ID pictureithere: Item Specifics vs Item Description
  • Matt Pinquoch, Top Rated Seller mattbecca: My Full-Time Selling Journey
  • Tim Chapman, Top Rated Seller mr.customerservice: Selling What You Know and Love


eBay Radio Guests: January 23, 2018 – Show 709

23 Jan 2018 Blog

Our guests for eBay Radio Show #709 for January 23, 2018, are:

  • Dawn Ralston, Founder of Declutter with Diva Dawn, Director of Camp Clutter B Gone, and Top Rated Seller divadawnlv: Revisiting Your 2017 Resolutions in 2018
  • Kathy Terrill, CEO, I Love to Be Selling, and Top Rated Seller nycfitnessfamilyfinds: Social Media That Works in 2018!
  • Cliff Ennico, Attorney, Author, and Small Business Expert: Coping with Taxes in 2018
  • Annette Rostetter, Meetup Organizer and Top Rated Seller elmwoodcottage: Starting and Growing a Seller Meetup Group in 2018
  • Marsha Collier, Author of the eBay for Dummies Series and Top Rated Seller marsha_c: How to Write More Effective Listings in 2018


eBay’s 17 Top Shopped Items in ’17

09 Jan 2018 Blog

With over a billion listings – a majority of which are new or available to buy immediately – eBay continues to be a barometer of trends. According to Bradford Shellhammer, eBay’s Head of Personalization & Engagement, “eBay sales uniquely reflect the cultural zeitgeist.”

Here are 17 cultural milestones of 2017, as told by eBay data and adapted from eBay’s corporate blog at

  1. The Force Is Strong: In the two months before the December 15th release of The Last Jedi, Star Wars fever transcended generations to reach new levels of fandom. There were more than 450,000 Star Wars items bought on eBay.
  2. Giving Back for Good: There seemed to be no shortage of tragedies and natural disasters, but shoppers rallied together to put their paychecks to work to benefit the greater good. The eBay community donated over $700,000 to charities.
  3. Royal Fever Reigns: Between Netflix’s The Crown, Pippa Middleton’s wedding, and Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry, eBay saw US shoppers coveting British brands throughout the year. In the weeks following Harry and Meghan’s first outing as an engaged couple on November 27th…during which Meghan wore a white belted wrap coat…there were more than 13 white coats purchased every hour on eBay.
  4. Swanky Phones: With larger screens and new technology like Face ID, smartphones continued to get more premium in 2017. Throughout the year, there were more than 2.6 million smartphone purchases on eBay.
  5. Art for Social Change: More than ever before, artists were compelled to start a dialogue about social issues…and shoppers showed their support. The eBay community raised nearly $800,000 within 24 hours for the New York Public Art Fund through an exclusive charity sale of Ai Weiwei works.
  6. Move Over, Millennial Pink: As the Millennial Pink obsession reached its tipping point, Gen-Z Yellow bubbled up, priming itself to take the reins as the new “It” color of 2018. In fact, compared with 2016, there was a seven percent increase in sales of yellow dresses…seen on celebs and social media influencers alike.
  7. Coffee Culture: Shoppers are elevating their at-home coffee game. Last year, there was an 85 percent increase in year-over-year sales of Chemex Coffeemakers plus a 70 percent increase in sales of Ninja Coffee Bars. On November 14th, a Ninja Coffee Bar sold every two minutes.
  8. Connected Home: Wi-Fi connected, voice-activated devices and smart speakers infiltrated the home. The most popular were Nest devices, with more than 211,000 bought…followed by the iRobot Roomba, with more than 58,000 bought. The Google Home Mini spiked since its October 19th debut, with shoppers purchasing nearly 240 every day.
  9. Throwback Streetwear: The ’80s and ’90s streetwear trend reached its tipping point in 2017, with more than 57,000 fanny packs and more than 25,000 Champion sweatshirts purchased. When it came to most coveted sneaker, the Adidas Superstar beat out the Reebok Classic and the Nike Cortez in a big way, with more than 107,000 pairs sold.
  10. Female Empowerment: In an unprecedented political year, social issues bubbled to the surface and had an unparalleled impact on fashion choices. Shoppers bought more than 43,000 pieces of apparel featuring political and feminist slogans…24,000 women’s pantsuits…and 2,000 “Nasty Woman” shirts.
  11. Car Collectors: From rare to new, eBay continues to let shoppers buy for their dream garage. One of the most impressive…and expensive…two-door coupes and supercars was a 2006 Ford GT Base that sold for over $240,000.
  12. Revival of Vinyl: With Sony Music Entertainment beginning to press records after a three-decade hiatus, the frenzy for vinyl made an impact in 2017. There was a 24 percent increase in vinyl record sales on eBay compared to 2016. Almost 10,000 vinyl records were purchased every day of 2017, with Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours the most coveted. More than 95,000 record players and turntables also were bought throughout the year.
  13. Trending Toys: Nostalgia was everywhere in 2017, and toys were no exception. Shoppers went wild for Super Nintendo, purchasing more than 500,000 gaming systems.
  14. Superhero Stardom: Marvel & DC Comics superheroes were ubiquitous throughout 2017. Spiderman and Wonder Woman proved most popular. Some 205,000 Spiderman comic books were bought…that’s 43 every hour…along with 55,000 Spiderman action figures. Over 47,700 Wonder Woman comic books and 17,000 Wonder Woman action figures were purchased, and Wonder Woman was also the third most popular Halloween costume bought on eBay.
  15. Solar Eclipse of the Heart: Deemed the biggest and best solar eclipse in US history, shoppers went to great lengths to view the August 21 spectacle. There were 133,500 protective glasses, 19,000 tents, and 10,500 pairs of binoculars purchased in the month leading up to the eclipse.
  16. Rainbow Saturation: The obsession with mythical creatures reached its peak in 2017, with psychologists musing that the trend reflected a form of escapism during a tumultuous year. Shoppers bought clothing and accessories in a variety of colors, including nearly 70,000 unicorn phone cases…56,000 unicorn costumes…21,000 unicorn pajamas and onesies…and 57,500 mermaid makeup brushes.
  17. Going Green: Environmental awareness and sustainability became the norm. Gucci announced its commitment to fur-free design, and sales increased by seven percent compared to 2016. In addition, Dior introduced eco-friendly packaging, with sales on eBay increasing 13 percent year over year.

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