• June 2013 - ebay's innovations team unveiled its latest project, four pop-up storefronts created for the fashion line Kate Spade Saturday. They are located in NYC and went live on June 8th and will be 'open 24/7' till July 7th.

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    This latest project supports ebays CEO John Donahoe's statement earlier this year at TC Disrupt that the company is going to use mobile technology to probe into offline commerce.

    Kate Spade Saturday logo

    The storefronts created are a hybrid of an advertising billboard/shop window and a vending machine, with a large touch screen built into the glass of the storefront. The DynaScan monitor on the touch screen, is capable of being operated in sunlight. They will also definitley get noticed as they have been deliberately painted the brick facade in 'vivid yellow'.  Also they are not quiet, with bells and lights going off at intervals to attract the attention of passing potential shoppers in case the vivid color of the storefront was not enough!

    Basically a shopper uses the touch screen to navigate through the Saturday products available, physical examples of which are also on display behind the glass storefront. To buy the shopper enters their cell phone number and recieves a text asking to schedule a delivery. ebay and Kate Spade’s high-tech partnership, making 'window shopping' a reality will allow shoppers to buy products from these displays via PayPal with a one-hour delivery guarantee.

    Kate Spade Saturday pop-up Storefont in NYC with woman using touchscreen

    Only 30 items are available for sale, a small percentage of what shoppers can choose from the online store, which makes the purchase much more symbolic.The point is this is not really about  getting a great product, if that was the case then you would want to go through the entire stock to get the one you liked the most. What this is about is consumers buying into a tech service show. This is a proof of concept and an effort by a traditionally low-tech industry, fashion, to dip a toe into something a little more high-tech.

  • eBay US selling limitations on new Galaxy S® 4 - With the up and coming launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone round the corner, eBay have put in place selling restrictions. This is not the first time this has been done and they have been putting these pre-sale restrictions in place on popular products (Apple, Sony, Nintendo etc.) since 2007.

    Why do they do it? - Well unfortunately eBay is still a popular playground for scammers trying to get people to buy ghost products and also genuine Sellers can 'over promise' on high-demand items, creating frustration with Buyers where Sellers can't deliver. Not good for business!

    The eBay limitations are in place with Authorized Samsung Resellers who are limited to 25 phones per week 30 days prior to the launch date; Top Rated Sellers may list up to 4 per week and Sellers who meet eBay's Minimum Performance Standards may list up to 1 item per week.

    As soon as the Samsung Galaxay S® 4 is launched (rumoured May/June laucn in US), most Sellers will be allowed to list them  with the following restrictions :

    • Samsung Authorized Resellers - no restrictions.
    • eBay Top Rated Sellers - list up to 8 items per week. 
    • eBay Sellers meeting Minimum Performance Standards - list up to 4 items per wek. 
    • eBay Sellers who ahve confirmed their personal information - list 1 item per week.
    Click here to see new Samsung Galaxy S4 listed on eBay (US), (Pre-order items).

    Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone

    It's fair to say that stocks on eBay will be limited!

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  • eBay US, eBay Motors & eBay Canada April 2013 - There is a weeklong promotion where 'invited Sellers' can list upto 100,00 items and pay no listing fees. It started on April 7th and runs through to April 13, 2013 and ties to the eBay Green Team 'ReLove campaign, which promotes an environmental midset towards the buying and selling of used 'pre-loved' items.

    The promotions is for Sellers on the eBay U.S., eBay Motors (Parts and Accessories only) and eBay Canada websites, or with an eBay mobile application for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry in the US and Canada. Sellers will be able to add the Buy It Now option and 10-day duration at no additional cost. All other fees apply, visit eBay website for all details and restrictions.

    The 'ReLove' campaign is all about eBay's Green Team idea of introducing a new way of thinking about buying and selling pre-owned products as something more than a simple transaction.

    "ReLove is when those once-loved favorites of yours become the "now" favorites of someone new, and vice-versa. ReLove gives us an opportunity to connect with one another while we find the things we love and want, and minimize our impact on the environment in the process."

     

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  • eBay UK Easter 2013 Seller Promotion - is a listing promotion for casual sellers over the Easter weekend. The 'ZERO INSERTION FEES*' promotion is open to registered eBay UK Private sellers who will be able to list up to 100 free auction listings in eligible categories from March 29th through to April 1st, 2013; with the campaign asking the question 'What will you list this Easter?'.

    The eBay UK promotion only applies to listings that are using the 'Auction' or 'Auction with Buy It Now option' formats, within an eligible category and that have a starting price of £1 (one pound) or more. To learn more about all the promotion details and limitiations that apply, click here.

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