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EBay's Automatic Suggstions on Best Offers - Very Annoying!

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askmeaboutsofasaskmeaboutsofas Forumite
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I don't know if this is a universal change or just a trial they're running, but the screen I see when I go to respond to a Best Offer has now changed.
Instead of receiving the buyer's offer and a postcode, I got the offer and a location (i.e. London instead of the postcode). When I went to respond I had the usual space to write a message, which eBay has now helpfully labelled as "explain to the buyer why your offer is a good one". And when I typed in the counter offer price, a helpful suggestion popped up underneath saying "try a lower price". Apparently buyers are more likely to accept your offer if it's lower. Who would have thought it!

I've been registered as a business seller for over ten years so I'm a bit irritated that eBay thinks "try lowering your price" is valuable or practical advice. Is anyone else seeing this?
I did find on my private account that listing an item for sale generated a whole screen of suggestions, including "this item normally sells for (price range)" but at least some of those suggestions were useful.
Well informed on the subjects of sofas and wood furniture, and well opinionated on everything else :rotfl:
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  • Nice to know that it's not only me that gets irritated by eBays constant suggestions that I reduce my prices or emails that suggest I relist at £1 lower etc etc etc.

    I'm guessing that most people get this garbage. I honestly feel that if eBay sorted out their search engine they might find they'd get more sales and more revenue.
  • lindenslindens Forumite
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    sick of ebay's constant suggestions - apparently lowering the price is the answer to everything!
    You're not your * could have not of * Debt not dept *
  • Just a heads up, I don't know if it was a trial or a glitch but we're now back to the old fashioned best offer screen - thankfully!
    Well informed on the subjects of sofas and wood furniture, and well opinionated on everything else :rotfl:
  • lindenslindens Forumite
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    i also noticed over the weekend if you add best offer to an item- it auto-adds auto-decline too and makes up its own limit! No thanks! so I took it off this item. 5 mins later it was back on!! !!!!!!!!
    You're not your * could have not of * Debt not dept *
  • curl_girlcurl_girl Forumite
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    On the app, listings now add best offer and auto relist!
    I now have to listen on laptop and manually remove!
    curl girl with a space - even though there is no space in my cupboard!!!
  • david29dpodavid29dpo Forumite
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    More sales for Ebay = More profit for Ebay, its as simple as than.
  • Does anyone know how to stop the automatic turning on of best offers and auto-relist? My items are at cheapest price - i don't need ebay dictating how i list! :mad:
  • soolinsoolin Forumite, Board Guide
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    harps83 wrote: »
    Does anyone know how to stop the automatic turning on of best offers and auto-relist? My items are at cheapest price - i don't need ebay dictating how i list! :mad:

    You need to use the advanced listing tool and watch all the tick boxes, you cannot use a mobile or an app to list. You also need to relist each unsold on a one by one basis and again check the tick boxes.

    However, be aware that many private sellers getting the free listing offers now have a requirement to offer best offer and auto relist to qualify for the free listing.
    I'm the Board Guide for the Ebay Board , Charities Board , Dosh & Disability , Up Your Income and the Local MoneySaving-England board which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. However, do remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to [email protected] (it's not part of my role to deal with this). Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
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  • fuzzgun19fuzzgun19 Forumite
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    Sick of ebay putting best offers on my items!!

    Can anyone tell me if there's a way to turn it off? I've looked in account settings but can't see anything :mad:
    I Hate Jobsworths!!!
  • soolinsoolin Forumite, Board Guide
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    fuzzgun19 wrote: »
    Sick of ebay putting best offers on my items!!

    Can anyone tell me if there's a way to turn it off? I've looked in account settings but can't see anything :mad:

    Did post 9 not help at all?
    I'm the Board Guide for the Ebay Board , Charities Board , Dosh & Disability , Up Your Income and the Local MoneySaving-England board which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. However, do remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to [email protected] (it's not part of my role to deal with this). Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
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