I can't help noticing the departure (it seems) of a good few sellers whose eBay listings I use to follow regularly. There was a chap in Switzerland who always had a ton of parts, mixed with overpriced watches. He sent me an email a couple of weeks ago, saying that eBay was chucking him off for too many bad reviews. Yet his rating was high, something like 99.6%. But he says that he had a few complaints from dopes who were unhappy with his 'for watchmakers only' auctions. Not for the faint of heart, but good honest stuff. And so he has left, and started up on some obscure Swiss site…
And there was another guy I followed out of Florida, quirky stuff, good prices and great to deal with. Bought some nice watches from him, but fixer uppers, to be sure. Also not for the faint hearted, but a dead straight guy.
And I notice a few of my regulars now seem to return 'no items.' No holiday notices, and it's been a few weeks now.
Is eBay elbowing some of the higher volume guys out? There seems to be a general trend, too, for more fixed price BIN listings. Maybe this is just one man's experience, but sort of interested to know if anyone else has seen favourites slipping away.