James

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  • As we all (I hope) know, the Trade Me search is... very bad.  In particular the "helpful" automatic category limiter ("snapping") and that the very short and limited title is searched by default (yes, you can quote to search the description, but general users don't know that). It is so bad that the difference between searching for a singular, and a plural of a word can produce wildly different results (ring terminal and ring terminals are just one example). So, how are sellers dealing with this? I've started slowly going through every single one of my products and for each one trying to thi...

  • Search for Arduino Nano and only 2 results are shown, because search has snapped into the "wrong" Electronic Components category... why wrong you say, because there are TWO categories with the exact same name and purpose, but the other 40 listings use the other one! The one that everybody uses but isn't snapped: Electronics & photography / Other electronics / Electronic components The one that nobody uses but is: Industrial / Electrical equipment / Electronic components I didn't even know that second one existed until today, I wonder if this goes some way to explain why my sales have falle...

  • Had not noticed before, but the name a community user displays, is not unique, and there is not necessarily any obvious way to distinguish them unless you go looking. Example, my own.  There are two posts currently from James, one is me, one is not.  Would get even more confusing if both posted in the same thread.  

  • So short story, if as a GST registered seller you've had a recent compensation from NZ Post, you have probably found they did not pay you the GST due to their new policy not to. I'm just wondering if there is anybody here who has run that past thier accountant or IRD yet and what they had to say on the legality of the matter? My aggregator even requests an invoice made out to them for the supplies which they pay via credit note when the claim is paid... but without GST. It just doesn't seem legal to me to decide that GST doesn't apply to you even though it would for anybody else, and did fo...

  • Have been a top seller for many years.  This coming cycle I am almost certainly going to lose it due less than 10% STR. Sales have fallen off a cliff for me on Trade Me since August.  Website sales still ok, but Trade Me is starting to feel like an old western ghost town, tumbleweeds a blowing. How is everybody else going this half of the year?    

  • For those unaware, recently NZ Post changed how they pay compensation/refunds, they no longer pay the GST component. Previously, it was easy to handle incoming refunds -- cancel original sale, ring up new sale to nz post, so it was as if NZ Post bought the items. That kept everything straight, stock level, cogs, and GST. Now though I am scratching my head as the best way. If you have recently received one of these "we've decided we don't want to pay gst" refunds, how are you handling it?

  • We’re getting in touch to let you know about the upcoming removal of our Gold Trade Rebate. ... The removal of the rebate will take effect on 1 June 2023.  Don't know about any ody else but the gold trade rebate for me was not insignificant as most of my buyers purchase multiple listings and use $0 combined, on which I get the GTR Sigh.

  • I'm not sure these are too useful, the criteria seems broad enough that it can be that nearly everybody is a "recommended seller" for various items, so it just becomes an obstruction on images rather than particularly useful information. Example search for arduino default best match sorting, page after page with every listing being recommended sellers.  To be fair that is perhaps an extreme edge case (it's just my area of expertise) but I suspect tha most professional sellers would meet the "recommended" threshold whatever it is. Instead of silly algorithmic recommendations (I say silly eve...

  • Some of you might know Laserlinx's Kraft paper mailer envelopes sold on Trade Me.  They are great, I send almost all my sales in them, highly recommended, but have you ever wondered how well they stand up to the rigours of the postal system? Well here's one that did a real tiki tour... Christchurch to Auckland to Los Angeles to San Carlos (near SFO) where it kicked back and forth between depot and postie for a bit to Los Angeles to Japan to Auckland to Christchurch the blue tape is mine to make sure the label stayed on.  A bit crinkled but otherwise no worse for it's roughly 31 thousand k...

  • We're letting you know that on 1 October, [TLDR: we’re increasing our fees].   This week so far, I have sold about 4x as much on my website as I have on Trade Me, and this is pretty much a regular occurence these days.  It used to be very much the opposite.  Do you, Trade Me, know why that is?  I'll tell you, it's 1. your fees and 2. your broken snapping search system You can't drive growth (or cushion falling growth) by increasing your percentage take perpetually,  there is a very real and hard mathematical limit.  Your fees are so gargantuan (nearly 12% for many categories once you take...