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Hi guys, well... I have been going well... not suspended... so far... on my account selling average $1200 per month, but then... suddenly in march I have sold 0, yes, zero.

Has anyone else had this, or anyone else know what is going on? I don't understand I am panicking thinking perhaps someone in the forums on ebay has dissed me or something. I searched for my own items on ebay and they came up okay... I am cry :(

PS I was planning to travel to switzerland, lol , and now that doesn't look like it's happening unless things pick up... I thought this G20 thing might get people spending more but er it seems not ....

thanks, rafc

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G20? what is that?
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Hi guys, well... I have been going well... not suspended... so far... on my account selling average $1200 per month, but then... suddenly in march I have sold 0, yes, zero.

Has anyone else had this, or anyone else know what is going on? I don't understand I am panicking thinking perhaps someone in the forums on ebay has dissed me or something. I searched for my own items on ebay and they came up okay... I am cry :(

PS I was planning to travel to switzerland, lol , and now that doesn't look like it's happening unless things pick up... I thought this G20 thing might get people spending more but er it seems not ....

thanks, rafc
That's weird. Are you doing anything different?
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you don't know about the G20 summit??

MMAC, that's the thing, I am doing absolutely nothing different... my search standing hasn't gone down, I don't know what it is. I have nothing. From $1200 to nothing
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ebay uk has been miserable the past weeks. Hardly much money and pages taking forever to load. Hoping for a little bit better leading to easter but who knows?

philly, the G20 summit is the world leaders getting together to......
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lol greenbean... but i am not trading on uk alone, i go on ebay us because on uk i wouldn't stand a chance. yes that's right $1200 worldwide. now $0. ebay want a 100 quid bill which i just don't have. they automatically took it but my bank will reject it because i dont have the funds (up to overdraft limit)
...darn things are dire...

about ebay uk though i posted a BNWT authentic calvin klein black velvet blazer , rrp $300 straight from macy's usa, perfect in every way, starting price 9.99 and it didnt even sell. remarkable.

i want to try and report my competitors who are selling LOADS but will i get more trouble than it's worth? i honestly dont know what to do i was expecting to make the same each month and so budgeted for 50% decrease for safety... but never absolute zero!!
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I've noticed a sharp decrease in sales as well. I haven't sold my item, which usually sells 5+ a week in over two weeks.
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rafc, it is a worldwide problem. Across the countries I am down 45% on sales. That said, I do expect that to happen with certain items.Reporting competitors is another story for another place
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yes, it's been a hell of a year for business so far. so it's not just you, it's everyone.
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The people that panic and give up lose. The people who dig deep and work harder will survive and expand their capabilities in the years to come.

I would normally say get started with your own online business, but that cost money to get going.

I do suggest keeping a close eye on the competition and see what's working for them.

Maybe your auctions aren't professional enough and people don't want to waste the money?

Your job is to answer every question a buyer might have before they purchase. Squash all the doubt and convert as many visitors you can.

Don't panic, get to work.
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thankyou all , for your support, it is a good feeling at least to have company in this... it sucked enough already but i was getting by... then over this past month absolutely nothing, i have looked for more competition but no new sellers afaik. i was doing enough, i felt, for it to work, after many times of trial and error.

edit: Green bean, do you mean 45% down this past MONTH, or generally?
i know it was bad generally but this past month.........omg

johnnyboy, thanks for confirming that with me, i have no idea what on EARTH is going on over this past 1 month, yes one month! 1200 -> 0, i kid you not!!

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Sadly,the last month.
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omg that's 3 of us! there is a conspiracy! march killed all ebayers ? why? it was bad enough already, very slow, but could pay bills... somebody tell me when this will end...
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I marketed myself with items under $30 for people under 25 years old ...s younger people dont tend to worry about tomorrow or saving as much as those that are older .. i am down about 20% for match but still selling ...good luck to all!
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Depending on what you sell, you probably see a decline in sales during this Depression. However, to have 0 sales it is much more likely ebay is screwing where your items pop up when someone does a search.
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yeah -- that's what i thought, so i checked it using every combination of keywords imaginable and it doesn't seem to be any different from what it normally was.

hey, i thought this depression thing was getting better though?
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Personally, I think things will be low for a while yet. Not being a doom & gloom merchant but that likely be the case.I intend to watch carefully over the summer period especially for US markets. That is a low low selling time for me. If I can break even, then I might just smile
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lol greenbean... but i am not trading on uk alone, i go on ebay us because on uk i wouldn't stand a chance. yes that's right $1200 worldwide. now $0. ebay want a 100 quid bill which i just don't have. they automatically took it but my bank will reject it because i dont have the funds (up to overdraft limit)
...darn things are dire...

about ebay uk though i posted a BNWT authentic calvin klein black velvet blazer , rrp $300 straight from macy's usa, perfect in every way, starting price 9.99 and it didnt even sell. remarkable.

i want to try and report my competitors who are selling LOADS but will i get more trouble than it's worth? i honestly dont know what to do i was expecting to make the same each month and so budgeted for 50% decrease for safety... but never absolute zero!!
dont be one of the lowlifes who report people whodoing well because yours isnt , work on what items you are selling and pick something that will sell , chin up mate
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My friends, the reason why your sales have been falling is because of what some may call "Cabin Fever" is over. It's April, the weather is getting nice and naturally, people are not snowed in sitting in front of the PC. They are outside enjoying the weather, working in their gardens, walking, riding motorcycles, etc. I myself haven't been inside listing as much or buying, its just too nice to be inside. Sales will be slow esp during summer months until the fall. Sales are always great from Oct to March then they drop off.
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Well, my March was good as I was able to finally unload $2000 of few designer items waiting to be sold. Bought in July..
But, because I have to do this in a snail pace, it really doesn't mean a thing.
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so you're saying it's going to be like this until end of summer??

ps i'm not going to report anyone, i'm not that bad, but powersellers are selling loads while i have zero. i can't even pay my ebay fees and i don't know what ebay expects me to do, how was i supposed to know i wouldn't sell ONE single item all month when i usually sell 40?
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rafc, it has been a trend over the past four years. Summer can be slow for sales. (Northen Hemisphere summer). Come September when school will restart, selling improves.
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