eBay Goes Green

eBay has been pretty quiet about this launch, but to me it’s pretty exciting! eBay GoodprinteBay launched a new marketplace, World of Good, on Wednesday. Customers can shop by category, or shop by “Goodprint.” According to eBay, here’s what a Goodprint is:

Every choice we make leaves an imprint. Goodprint – WorldofGood.com’s revolutionary product guide – is how sellers display the positive imprint you leave when you purchase a product on WorldofGood.com. It’s the tool you can use to shop for products that match your interests and values.

There is, of course, overlap between the Goodprint categories, and each item on WorldofGood lists it’s Goodprint in it’s description.

I found a Tree of Life Quilted Cotton Tote Bag, and saw that it is made in an all women cooperative in western Rajasthan and profits help in the development of the region. It really makes me feel good about spending money and helping the environment.


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eBay Auction for all you sneakerheads

I HAD to put this post out here. Even the picture of it is SO fresh.

eBay auction 250 pairs

eBay auction 250 pairs

This is the ultimate fix for a sneakerhead. This is a complete collection of 250 pairs of size 10 sneakers. It includes :Nike SB, Air Jordan, Air Max, Trainers and other collectible styles. Including …. Heineken Dunk SB, Cool Grey Air Jordan XI, Haze Dunk High and Dunk Low, Supreme Dunk High, etc.

You know 3rdPowerOutlet has the hottest selection of laces, so these shoes are keeping my eyes WIDE open!


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Get A Piece of Hip Hop History: Tupac’s Jag on eBay?

I came across this interesting find earlier today on eBay. A discreet seller is auctioning Tupac’s jag he drove in the “To Live and Die in LA” video.

Tupac's Jaguar

According to the eBay listing, the vehicle comes with the original papers that have Tupac’s name & signature on them.The car has barely been driven since he drove it!


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President of 3rd Power Outlet making news….

E-commerce Entrepreneur and eBay Platinum PowerSeller John Lawson is Available for Comment Concerning eBay, Online Business, and the Changing Scope of the Internet


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3rd Power Featured in PC World Magazine

John’s quote in italics below…..

eBay Sellers Split on Changes

The significant changes that eBay announced last week have merchants abuzz as they analyze and react to the impact that the restructured fees, modification of the search and feedback functions, and other changes will have on their sales and profits.Of particular interest have been the proposed changes to fees, which involve lowering the cost of listing items and increasing the commission eBay gets when products are sold. There has also been much discussion in blogs and discussion forums of eBay’s plan to forbid sellers from leaving negative feedback for buyers.While merchants are split on the potential benefits and disadvantages of the changes, there seems to be a general consensus that, whether one supports them or not, the changes represent a major attempt on eBay’s part to alter the way that the marketplace works.”It’s clear eBay is taking it really seriously that they have to improve the buyer experience, and they’re laying the groundwork for getting aggressive about doing it,” said Jonathan Garriss, executive director of the Professional eBay Sellers Alliance (PESA), a group of large sellers that has often been highly critical of eBay.Garriss, also CEO of Gotham City Online, an apparel store on eBay that also has its own site, hopes that the proposed changes will be a first step of others that eBay will take to fix what PESA considers key problems with the marketplace, such as making the buyer experience more convenient and streamlined.To that end, Garriss is encouraged by the proposed incentives to reward merchants who provide superior customer service by giving all qualifying merchants preferred placement in search engine results and offering PowerSellers additional fee discounts based on their customer ratings.

“We don’t want to lose sight of the health of the marketplace, and the changes eBay is making are absolutely in the right direction,” Garriss said in a phone interview.

While he supports the concept of lowering insertion fees and shifting them to the commission, he recognizes that, as proposed, the fee restructuring will greatly hurt some merchants, particularly, in his view, those that sell lower-priced items in high volume via auctions. Garriss hopes that eBay will take this into consideration and possibly adjust the fee changes before rolling them out in a few weeks in the U.S.

Lisa Witt, an eBay PowerSeller for eight years, says the fee changes will not have much of an impact on her bottom line. A seller of fine jewelry, Witt says the listing fees will remain too high even under the new fee structure.

“They need to dramatically change the fee structure if they expect seller growth on the site. eBay should have a flat rate listing fee and it should be the same amount across the board for everyone, and that listing fee should be low,” she wrote in an e-mail interview. “A monthly fee for unlimited listings on eBay would work well too.”

Witt is against the plan to forbid sellers from leaving negative feedback about buyers. This change may lead to buyers using the threat of negative feedback as an extortion tactic to get extras, she said. Buyers may also be disinclined to contact sellers if a disagreement arises, resorting simply to leaving negative feedback, she added. “Feedback is voluntary and should be able to be left by either party as they see fit,” Witt said.

Meanwhile, John Lawson, another PowerSeller and owner of 3rd Power Outlet, is generally positive about the proposed changes. “There’ll be some bumpy roads, but they’re on a path to make this marketplace more vibrant,” Lawson said in a phone interview.

3rd Power Outlet, which sells urban wear and accessories and makes about 80 percent of its sales via eBay, will save about 50 percent in listing fees and, factoring in the increased commission, will have net savings in eBay costs of about 30 percent, Lawson said.

“It’ll have a nice impact on our eBay costs. It’s extra money in our pockets,” Lawson said. While not a major windfall, the savings will allow him to add more listings and do more auctions, he said.

Forbidding sellers from leaving negative feedback about buyers is a good move because, as eBay officials have argued, some sellers have used negative feedback to retaliate against buyers, he said. “A seller doesn’t have to leave any comment about buyers at all,” Lawson said. “The buyer has to be satisfied and must have the ability to leave a true comment.”

Still, he’s not crazy about new proposed fee discounts to PowerSellers based on them attaining certain levels of DSR (Detailed Seller Rating). For example, he finds that it’s off the mark for eBay to have a specific DSR category for shipping and handling, because, as a rule, no one likes to pay for this portion of the transaction. Merchants like himself, who sell to buyers overseas, are in particular disadvantage, because many buyers abroad don’t have a clear understanding of shipping costs from the U.S. to international locations, he said.

For others like Witt, DSR-based fee discounts are welcome. “It’s fine to offer incentives to sellers who strive for excellence. That was a good idea and they should expand on it. Offering rewards has always worked better than punishments,” she said.

These and other differing viewpoints about the plans reflect the ripple effect that eBay changes inevitably have, since there is such a wide variety of merchants on its platform. It remains to be seen whether eBay will want, and be able to refine further, its planned changes to achieve — as much as possible — a happy medium across its vast community of sellers.


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3rd Power is an eBay Giving Works Super Star

eBay Giving Works

In January, 3rd Power Outlet created 5 eBay Giving Works listing(s) to support the American Breast Cancer Foundation
.”We wanted to take a minute to thank you for your generosity.
Your dedication to making the world a better place with eBay Giving Works is truly appreciated.
Keep up the fantastic work!”
~eBay Giving Works, General Manager

3rd Power OutletNumber of eBay Giving Works listings created in January: 5
Number of eBay Giving Works listings created to date: 56