I now have standard search exposure once again because, according to eBay, I have fewer than 10 DSR ratings for the last month. A couple of 30-day DSRs dropped off a few days ago, which is what switched me back to standard search exposure. I do not understand because I am sure that I have received a couple of DSRs in the last few days, so those should have taken the place of the ones that dropped off. I should still have enough 30-day DSRs to have my lowered search exposure.
I am now 100% certain that the DSRs are not accurate, particularly because other people are reporting similar problems. A recent post to the AuctionBytes blog has a screen capture of one seller's dashboard. The seller has the 15% discount that is given to powersellers who have higher than 4.8 on all four DSRs. Any seller who gets the 15% discount should qualify for raised search exposure. This seller has only standard search exposure. Huh? Something is wrong.
I had a lot of trouble with my computer on Sunday, and it froze four times during eBay searches. I had to restart the computer each time without shutting down properly because of how badly it was frozen. I did some troubleshooting, and it seems to be okay now. There are some reports on the message boards of eBay slowing down and freezing up computers. Way to go, eBay!
I have also read that new eBay seller IDs seem to get more bids than established IDs, and it has something to do with eBay's relationship with Google. This does not make sense, but when I next feel like listing some books (I have once again lost all motivation), I will most likely use my new ID just to see what happens. I have decided that it cannot hurt anything. Around half of the items I sold this weekend went to resellers. Hardly anyone else is buying from me, so I won't have much to lose.
The economy and the big mess with the proposed bank bailout plan are probably the most significant reasons why sales are down on eBay. Compounding the problem are eBay's ridiculous policy changes. It is amazing anybody is buying on eBay. I have noticed that I am losing interest in running searches for books. I am much more reluctant to buy large lots of books because I'm not sure anybody is going to want to buy the extras. I just totally gave away some extras because there was only one bid. Why should I buy when I cannot sell the extras or I have to sell them at a loss?