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eBay TurboLister to be finally killed off July 2020

By Chris Dawson February 6, 2020 - 12:12 pm

You might be forgiven for having forgotten about eBay TurboLister as it’s been dead for a year if you’re in Europe. However the clunky and much derided often nicknamed ‘TurdoLister’, but still loved by many despite it’s faults has lumbered on in the US but not for much longer.

You can’t even download TurboLister today, but still many eBay sellers still use it but TurboLister is to be finally killed off for good this coming July. eBay have emailed those still using it to tell them they’d best make other arrangements.

There is no eBay tool to replace TurboLister, much as the marketplace would beg you to believe you can do everything in Seller Hub. The difference is that TurboLister is a tool that works offline at desktop speeds – basically as fast as your hard drive can spin. Seller Hub is in comparison slow and clunky as you can only work as fast as your Internet connection and whilst adding 12 images at desktop speed is almost instant, adding 12 images over the still despicably slow Internet speeds some have to endure can take minutes, not seconds.

eBay do say that they are working on a replacement with the all important feature of being able to work offline. That’s the real beauty of TurboLister that once you’ve created your listings you can press the bulk upload button and leave it to take as long as it needs to dribble your listings up to eBay over a slow Internet connection. The new tool isn’t out yet though so sellers in the US will be crossing their fingers that it comes before July.

In the mean time, to help our chums across the pond, if you are in the UK or Europe (or both) and used to use TurboLister, which eBay listing tool do you use now and what would you recommend people in the US consider as a TurboLister replacement?

eBay email to TurboLister users in the US

“Starting July 2020, we will stop supporting TurboLister. Downloads of the TurboLister listing tool in the US have not been available since 2017.
 
Because many eBay sellers continue to rely on TurboLister to list items quickly and easily, we want to give you plenty of time to transition to other listing options. We’ve already integrated many popular Turbo Lister features in Seller Hub to support you during the change.
 
We’re committed to providing you with the best tools and functionality possible, and we’re working diligently to develop a solution that will enable you to continue to list on eBay with maximum ease and efficiency. The new solution will offer many of the same popular TurboLister features and functionality, including the ability to manage and edit listings offline. We’ll let you know when it is available.
 
In the meantime, many Turbo Lister features are available in Seller Hub at no cost. You can bulk list, edit, and manage your listings from the Active Listings tab. You also have the option of using other eBay bulk listing tools such as File Exchange. Learn more.
 
We appreciate your business.”

Thank you for selling on eBay.

  • 8 months ago

    As an illustrative specific example of eBay’s intra-organizational miscommunication, site disorganization and dissaray, and general cluelessness, it’s been greatly amusing to see eBay repeatedly state that TurboLister has not been available for download in the US the past several years.

    The same URL bookmark has worked since basically forever and even after repeatedly pointing it out it still exists (and works, just downloaded TurboLister setup again).

    Help page: https://pages.ebay.com/cl/en-us/turbolister/upgrade/
    Download TurboLister: https://download.ebay.com/turbo_lister2/setupUS.exe

  • james
    8 months ago

    I’ve found Dewabit to be an excellent, low-price replacement for turbo lister.
    The main feature for me is keeping hold of old listings on my own computer, things that simply disappear from ebay without explanation. I was able to (with some initial difficulty, i think the excellent devs have fixed now) import my full turbolister backup file and work from there. saved me countless hours.

    https://dewabit.com/en

  • Phil
    8 months ago

    Having suffered at the hands of Turbo Lister for a few years with it’s painfully slow backups etc, I ditched it around 5 years ago and have used File Exchange (basically an Excel spreadsheet) ever since. Brilliant, simple and free. The only snag is you have to host your pictures elsewhere. I’ve used Photobucket for 15+ years (paying a nominal monthly fee) but they suffered a major glitch in December which lasted 6 weeks, but back up now. However, since being fixed, the last 600 listings I uploaded to eBay produced broken links to the gallery image on most of them (despite the pics uploading fine to the actual listings). eBay have sent it to their technical team to look at (code for doing bugger all and hearing nothing back). Any ideas what this might be or have you experienced similar problems lately? I had to manually upload all pictures again using eBay’s system which took a few hours. Any alternatives anybody knows about? Thanks…

  • 8 months ago

    On March 13, 2018, when the GTC auto-renewal was announced in the states I contacted SixBit, InkFrog, and Wonderlister support with a note about eBay’s recent fixed-price GTC requirement.

    I mentioned there may be an opportunity for 3rd-party listing providers to differentiate with a feature to facilitate relisting on a 30-day frequency for items that, for whatever reason, sellers would prefer instead of auto-renewing.

    I never heard back from SixBit or Inkfrog, but Wonderlister responded immediately, and I spent a couple hours kicking ideas back-and-forth with them.

    The *very next day*, WonderLister pushed out a release with this feature:
    👉 http://www.wonderlister.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3686

    For their responsiveness and agility alone, I would recommend to any eBay seller interested in a TurboLister alternative to check them out and give the free trail a run.

    • 8 months ago

      Typo – Should be “March 13, 2019” (last year)

  • 8 months ago

    On March 13, 2018, when the GTC auto-renewal was announced in the states I contacted SixBit, InkFrog, and Wonderlister support with a note about eBay’s recent fixed-price GTC requirement.

    I mentioned there may be an opportunity for 3rd-party listing providers to differentiate with a feature to facilitate relisting on a 30-day frequency for items that, for whatever reason, sellers would prefer instead of auto-renewing.

    I never heard back from SixBit or Inkfrog, but Wonderlister responded immediately, and I spent a couple hours kicking ideas back-and-forth with them.

    The *very next day*, WonderLister pushed out a release with this feature.

    For their responsiveness and agility alone, I would recommend to any eBay seller interested in a TurboLister alternative to check them out and give the free trail a run (and potentially support a small, independent dev if you like the product).

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