Monday, July 26, 2010

Over 450 registered for PeSA 2010 Learn, Grow, Succeed.

This is your last chance to attend PeSA 2010! The annual Australian conference for professional eBay sellers.

Flemington Racecourse will host this 2-day event this Thursday & Friday. 

Don't forget Thursday night we host our Gala Charity auction (with thanks to eBay & PayPal) with MC Tracy Bartram. All funds raised will go to The Alannah & Madeline Foundation

If you cannot make this year’s event then follow the action on Twitter: #pesasummit

I look forward to seeing you at PeSA 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Letter to the Editor Melbourne Weekly

Page 3 Top News Fairfax Media Melbourne Weekly July 21-27

Fake Danby Website has the real thing all fired up (July 21st)

In response to your article I would like to clarify my actions for publishing a blog “the unofficial website of Michael Danby”

Firstly there was nothing fake about the discussion site. It clearly stated upfront that is was “unofficial”.

In April of this year I conducted a search on Google and found that the local member hadn’t registered his domain name extension or secured his name on twitter. I decided to set up a site that was an open discussion of what people thought of Michael’s Danby’s performance, which included a poll.

It started off as a well-balanced blog, then as time went on some people became vicious; many posts (that I moderated) could not see the light of day due to their hateful nature. The majority of the personal attacks came from the Labor side, however users posted some 20 comments.

It was the Liberal party that called me and asked me to take down the site as they “didn’t want any distractions during the election and they didn’t support publishing of unofficial websites by party members”. I pointed out that Labor had officially endorsed sites to attack Liberals like and my site was an open discussion forum. I was told, “The Liberal Party does not play the same way Labor does”

I immediately withdrew the site and tendered my resignation to the party.

My actions for publishing the site were my own and any reference by Mr Danby that my actions were endorsed are completely wrong. (I was an ordinary member that held no title, who paid $70 or so a year to be a member).

The claims of Mr. Danby finding out about the site three days before the election being called are ludicrous and he knows it. It is a simple fact that all Mr. Danby (or his office) had to do was contact me to remove any so-called offending post. Mr. Danby’s choice was to engage in a political stunt by producing a press release to the media three days out from the election being called.

It highlights the fact that Labor is determined to filter (censor) the Internet but they don’t stand by the same rules when it comes their actions. Witness

Mr. Danby stated in your article that he is happy for people to openly discuss his performance - then I invite him to include a forum on his website. I would be interested to find out from others in Melbourne Ports as to why they would want to continue to support a local member that seems so dedicated to being on the back bench. As a resident of Melbourne Ports for over 15 years, I would rather see someone with front bench ambition and someone that embraced and adopted new media.

Phil Leahy

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What sort of delegates will be at PeSA Summit 2010?

2010 will be the largest PeSA Summit event yet, with over 350 delegates registered - and three weeks still left to go! Around 30% of delegates have attended previously, leaving 70% for whom this will be their first Summit.

So what sort of delegates will be at PeSA Summit 2010?

We've collected some information as people registered, to gain a more complete picture of who will be at Summit.

Where are people coming from?

In addition to people travelling from other countries (USA & India) delegates will be traveling from around Australia to attend Summit.

NSW 24%
VIC 39%
QLD 10%
SA 5%
WA 10%
QLD 10%
TAS 2%

Size of business

When Summit delegates were asked to advise their expected business sales, it has shown that small and large Sellers will be attending Summit.

Under $70,000 29%
$70,000-$250,000 28%
$250,000-$500,000 15%
$500,000 - $1 million 10%
$1 million + 18%

Styles of selling

Whilst many delegates only sell on eBay, for many others they have a variety of channels to market.

Other auction sites 7%
Own website 35%
Offline store 18%
As a wholesaler to other sellers/retailers 13%
Only sell on eBay 26%

Types of Business - eBay categories

Summit delegates come from a huge range of eBay seller categories.

Antiques 2%
Art 1%
Baby 4%
Beauty, Health 5%
Books 4%
Business 2%
Cameras 1%
Cars, Bikes, Boats 9%
Clothing, Shoes, Accessories 9%
Collectables - incl stamps & coins 4%
Computers 2%
Crafts 2%
Dolls, Bears 1%
Electronics 5%
Home 12%
Industrial 2%
Jewellery 4%
Movies 3%
Music 3%
Musical Instruments 2%
Phones 2%
Pottery, Glass 1%
Services 0%
Sport 8%
Toys, Hobbies 6%
Video Games 2%

For more details visit the PeSA Website