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Fed Up eBay Sellers Call for 'UnOccupy eBay' 3-Day Strike

Fed Up eBay Sellers Call for 3-Day Strike

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Changes to return policy, seller standards spur Occupy-style protest. A small group of fed up eBay sellers is calling for a three-day sellers’ strike, starting April 26, that they hope will get eBay to back down from some of its recent policy announcements.

In its Spring 2012 Seller Update, eBay said that, starting May 1, it will require Top-rated Sellers to upload tracking information on 90 percent of U.S. transactions. Starting June 1, return policies of 14 days or longer and one-day handling will also be required to retain Top-rated Seller status and receive the 20-percent discount on final value fees.

In a nod to the Occupy movement, The Online Seller reader Jan is leading an effort to get eBay sellers to do “what the 99 percent have been doing in politics.” She and others are urging eBay sellers to close their stores or take down their listings from April 26 through April 28, and list on alternative sites instead.

“That will be a message, and we will keep it up until they change their minds or we just purely leave”

“That will be a message, and we will keep it up until they change their minds or we just purely leave,” Jan writes in response to Upcoming eBay Return Policy Change Causes Uproar.

Whether sellers will join the strike in numbers large enough to get eBay’s attention is still to be seen. A similar call to action on was scoffed at by forum posters, while other attempts to rally sellers via social media have yet to draw much interest.

Seller strikes are not new to eBay

Previous organized eBay boycotts failed to produce any lasting change. In February 2008, eBay sellers staged a boycott of the marketplace to protest a policy that took away sellers’ ability to leave negative or neutral feedback for buyers.

During the week of the strike, eBay’s listing volume declined 13 percent to 13 million, according to a USA Today report that cited various third-party tracking sites.

A repeat of the boycott was planned for May 1, 2008—the date the policy took effect. However, that strike had little support and, although many sellers left eBay and never looked back, thousands more stayed, despite their festering resentment toward the marketplace’s corporate powers.

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jewelrywiz | April 29th 2012 at 1335690209

I just had a terrible experience with a bad buyer on Ebay - attacked me personally and left nasty, negative un-warranted feedback - Ebay will not remove it as they fill that it is the buyers "opinion" and the buyer has a right to exxpress it - all while doing me harm!

I am an Ebay Top Rated Seller and the policies are getting harder and harder to take!

I have never had such and experience here on Addoway! | May 11th 2012 at 1336737832

Since the strike date is well past, I wonder whether any effect was felt by ebay. Jewelrywiz, I understand your frustration. A lot of it is because buyers know our hands are tied. My question to ebay is if the negs and low DSRs are one person 's opinion, why do the does that opinion dictate my ability to hold my status.

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