Yes, you read that right. Starting in October eBay is planning on allowing Amazon ASIN’s to be imported onto product listings on their site. It seems eBay wants to start a product catalog of their own. But why?
As it is, it’s been a rough week in the land of online selling. What with Amazon conducting mass restrictions on many brand name products as a way to lasso in out of control counterfeit sellers, and then asking sellers to take back said stock which could be in the thousands of dollars worth for some. With everything that is going on right now with Amazon’s crackdown on counterfeits, why would eBay even consider importing Amazon ASINS during all of this tumult? They must be insane!
After actively enticing Chinese sellers to deluge the already packed FBA warehouses, one would think that Amazon would like to sort out their current inventory issues before adding any more fire to the kettle ? And yes, they should have seen this coming, but we’ll set that side for now. Even though I sometimes wonder what makes simple minds tick, much less those of big business guru’s. And why would eBay even want to get involved with Amazon ASIN’s in the middle of Amazon’s counterfeit fracas?
I highly doubt that eBay is interested in possibly importing thousands counterfeit products onto their site with the click of a button. So why ? Are these two rivals teaming up? Is it to combat Chinese ( and others) counterfeit products ? Does it have something to do with the current Amazon – eBay selling trend? Perhaps it’s an easy way to offload millions of third party sellers? Is Amazon planning on buy eBay? Perhaps a merger? We’ve all heard how Walmart is planning on acquiring Jet.
I say there’s something going on here. I’m not sure exactly what quite yet. But the wheels are definitely turning. And not that I would mind having Paypal being available for Amazon purchases … yeah, I’m getting ahead of myself again. Something that even the small crowds of internet marketing gurus have not fathomed yet. While they’re still working on webinars & blogposts designed to hold down the backlash on the product restriction issue, eBay & Amazon toss out this little tidbit. Yes, very interesting indeed. Read more on Tamebay.