eBay’s CEO, John Donahoe announced recently that the online auction site will be raising its fees for the charges. The cost to list items for sale will be cut 25% to 50% but the commission that eBay charges will be increased. And as of May onwards, sellers will not be able to leave any negative feedback comment for the buyers.
Following the announcement, the auction listing dropped at least 13% since the eBay sellers go on strike last week; marking this as the biggest boycott by eBay sellers to date.
eBay encountered strikes in the past due to pricing changes too. And while the boycott in the past died down after a few days, the boycott this time gained more media and public attention through their protest using YouTube and MySpace.
Valerie Lennert, one of the eBay sellers who sells doll clothes on the online auction site, head the strike said she can’t believe the news and even thought it was April Fool’s Day. Lennert has spread her message on YouTube to convey her dismay. The video has been viewed at least 140,000 times.
Nancy Baughman, an eBay PowerSeller who sells antiques and other collectible also said, “If eBay’s listings total falls below 12 million, we’ve made a pretty good impact.”
The present listing dropped to about 13 million items, according to third-party tracking sites like dealscart.com and medved.net since the strike began on Feb 18.
However, according to Jin Griffith, dean of eBay Education, despite the protest, eBay is not considering altering or postponing its policies as considerations and consequences were weighed before these decisions are being implemented.