Ina Steiner of AuctionBytes offers her views of what’s going on at eBay:
At the highest level, the site has switched from trying to promote itself as a place for a full range of merchandise to one that emphasizes used and off-season goods.
There are other changes as well, she notes, that are not only confusing buyers but also alienating many of the site’s sellers. EBay is increasingly changing its rules to favor bigger sellers over mom-and-pop dealers and individuals clearing out their attics. For example, items from high-volume dealers appear higher in search results.
Also, you can’t talk about eBay’s woes and not bring up Amazon:
One reason for the decline in eBay’s Web traffic, she suggested, is that sellers are spending less time on its site as they spread their wares to Amazon and other sites.