Data acquired by reveals a disturbing trend for the Web's largest auction site, substantiating the downturn that many sellers have been seeing on eBay.

[USPRwire, Wed Jul 04 2007] AuctionBytes ( today released a report that examined buyer and seller metrics on and revealed problems on the US site that began in the first quarter of 2006 that have yet to improve. The report titled "Data Points to Problems on" examined industry-wide Alexa rankings, Medved's listing numbers and Nielsen/Netratings data on average time spent on

Nielsen/NetRatings shows that eBay users are spending less time on the site than in previous years. In 2006, eBay published a Seller Central Report that showed visitors spent more time on eBay than on other sites and that time spent on the site is increasing year-over-year. The auction site used data from December 2003 to March 2005 to prove its point. A look at more recent data recently acquired by AuctionBytes reveals that time spent on eBay has actually decreased.

eBay sellers reacted to the AuctionBytes report strongly. An AuctionBytes blog post about the report grew to over 90 comments only hours after the report's release. From low-volume sellers to merchants such as, the largest auction clothing retailer in the world, readers have contributed descriptions of how their own eBay businesses are faring and what issues they face in listing on eBay.

"Data Points to Problems on" is available on the website at:

AuctionBytes is an independent trade publication for online merchants. Founders David and Ina Steiner are frequently quoted about eBay and online selling by major news organizations including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Smart Money Magazine, and Fortune Small Business and have appeared on television and radio programs including Public Radio's Marketplace, National Public Radio's On Point, eBay Radio, CNBC Squawk Box, CNN Anderson Cooper 360, CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo," and Bloomberg Radio's Tomorrow Tonight. Ina Steiner is author of "Turn eBay Data into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006) and is Technical Editor of the book, "Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks: eBay" (Wiley Publishing 2004). She also moderated's panel on multi-channel selling for ecommerce merchants, Wall Street analysts and journalists called, "Discovering the Secret Sauce of Multi-Channel Selling Success" in June 2007 in Boston, MA.

AuctionBytes TV recently interviewed eBay CEO Meg Whitman about seller issues including customer service, multi-channel selling, and eBay's recent Trust & Safety initiatives (
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