In a recent discussion on the Building an eBay Business discussion board on the eBay Community Boards, sellers are outraged at what the presence of Chinese sellers are doing to eBay sellers. In a nutshell, Chinese sellers with their rock-bottom prices are making it impossible for US sellers to sell their products, much less see a profit. The products discussed are not just the cheaply-made knock-off handbags, but handmade and artisan items. Many sellers feel that the presence of Chinese sellers on eBay is destroying American eBay businesses.
Some sellers try to compete with the Chinese sellers not on price, but by stressing that they are located in the USA, ship quickly, and have excellent feedback. Goods shipped from China to the US can take longer to arrive, so American sellers can capitalize on the distance issue. Chinese goods are often lower quality than items handcrafted by Americans. One seller, "CreativeCrisis" stated, "Buyers who appreciate quality can tell the difference and will pay for it, but eBay might not be the best place to reach them."
Some solutions are offered for this growing problem. Another member, "WhatAreYouBuyingNow" explained, "There are areas where the Chinese will never beat me. I can have my item in my customer's hands in 2-3 days, while it takes 2-4 weeks for a package to arrive from China. Most Chinese sellers are simply drop shipping and have no idea what they are selling.Find a way to be better, to give your buyer more value, and a reason to choose you as their seller. Find your competitor's weakness and exploit them."
A member living in Singapore commented that products from China are "really cheap" and "the US seller sells a good product." The discussion goes on to include the possibility of a strike - eBay sellers closing their stores and getting eBay to take notice and listen to their concerns about the barrage of Chinese sellers overtaking eBay. If you are an eBay seller and feel affected or pushed out by Chinese sellers, you may want to check out the discussion on the Building an eBay Business Board here. This may be a situation where the community can rise up together and get eBay to listen to their concerns.