Ebay recently announced that it was planning on changing its rules, and a lot of people, myself included, are not too happy about it. Many people are planning a boycott of Ebay from February 11-25th.
Ebay is announcing that their fees have been reduced, but that is only a half-truth. While they are reducing their listing fees slightly, they are increasing the percentage that they take from the final purchase, which will make it more costly to the seller, not less.
Ebay is changing the feedback system as well. I've heard two conflicting reports... one person is saying that sellers won't be able to leave negative feedback for buyers, another person I heard from said that sellers won't be able to leave buyers any feedback at all. At any rate, this hurts the honest buyer by not giving them the opportunity to build up any feedback. This is the part that I am most upset about in how it may affect me, but for sellers, there is more bad news.
If a seller has below a 95% satisfaction rating on Ebay, they won't appear on the Ebay search engines. Sellers are more likely to get negative feedback under the new system, because there are some jerks that just like to complain... and since they can't get negative feedback in return, they are more likely to leave less-than-positive feedback. While this might be a good thing for bargain hunters that are willing to comb through all the auctions to find someone with 95% feedback that nobody else is bidding on, it's bad for the sellers.
If all this wasn't bad enough, if you have less than 100 feedback and you want to sell your item using Paypal, Paypal can hold your money for 21 days! This won't hurt the power-sellers, but small-time people trying to get rid of some clutter in their house are going to suffer. Who ever heard of selling something before you get paid for it? Even though you most likely will get the money eventually (as long as the buyer is honest and doesn't try to get Paypal to refund them their money because they say they are not satisfied), people with under 100 feedback would still have to pay for shipping costs out of their own pocket. If they were selling something large like a computer monitor, that could be quite a bit of money.
I have issues with Paypal anyway... Paypal has personally stolen $300 from me. If you want to read some horror stories about using Paypal, visit Paypalwarning.com. I do not use them unless I have to, and I will never give them my bank account information... the reason I lost $300 was because they decided to take it out of my bank account without my permission, froze my account, and then told me I had to send in documents that I did not have to get my money back (I was living overseas in military housing, they wanted a utility bill, and the military doesn't give you utility bills). So people are smart not to use Paypal to begin with, <100 feedback or not.
Ebay has instituted "Seller rewards"... but it's not really a great deal. Only 7 Ebay powersellers (out of all the people selling on Ebay) even qualify.
Ebay started a new policy last year where they won't let people sell teacher's editions of textbooks. They say they don't want students cheating, but you can get these same books from the manufacturer's web sites anyway... I think they're just kowtowing to the textbook manufacturers who'd rather be selling new books. People still sneak in "Parent Editions," but there aren't as many TEs for sale as there used to be. So Ebay is already less valuable to a homeschool teacher.
Hopefully a lot of people will honor this strike/boycott and perhaps Ebay will back down. They have a monopoly in the online auctions market, and they think that they can do whatever they want as a result. Well, I don't have to be their customer either.