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March 7, 2008


Jonathan Garriss
Executive Director, PeSA

eBay President to Keynote 2008 PeSA Summit,
PeSA Expands Membership Criteria to Include All eBay PowerSellers

March 7, 2008 New York, NY – The Professional eBay Sellers Alliance (PeSA), the world's largest trade association for eBay sellers, announced today that eBay's newly appointed President of eBay Global Marketplace Operations, Lorrie Norrington, will be the keynote speaker on April 23rd at the New Orleans eCommerce Summit ( PeSA has hosted a dozen events since 2003 in an effort to educate professional eBay sellers on industry and marketplace best practices.

"Given the accelerating pace of change across the industry and within its own walls, it makes good business sense for eBay to support and encourage an organized group of its sellers," commented Derek Brown, Senior Analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald. "And PeSA stands out as an obvious choice."

PeSA also announced the expansion of its membership criteria to include all eBay PowerSellers. Since its founding in 2003, PeSA membership had been limited to Platinum and Titanium PowerSellers and the new criteria will allow tens of thousands of Bronze, Silver and Gold PowerSellers to join PeSA.

"We are pleased that eBay continues to support our efforts to engage the eBay community in a professional dialogue promoting the health and vibrancy of the eBay marketplace," commented Joe Cortese, Founder and Chairman of PeSA. "And we want every professional seller to enjoy the many benefits of being a member of PeSA."

Effective immediately, all eBay PowerSellers, from Bronze to Titanium, qualify for PeSA membership. All new members will continue to receive complimentary membership in the eCommerce Merchants Trade Association (, which comes with over $2800 in ecommerce partner offers.

To welcome new members, PeSA is offering the following special offer: PowerSellers who attend the New Orleans eCommerce Summit in April will receive $100 off non-member rates in addition to free PeSA and eCommerce Merchants membership. Interested sellers should use Invitation Code EBAYVIP during summit registration at

"We publicly asked for a number of marketplace improvements in 2007," noted Jonathan Garriss, Executive Director of PeSA. "and eBay's recently announced changes are a step in the right direction towards addressing critical marketplace issues. As an organization, we believe it is important that sellers stay engaged with eBay to influence change, which is one of the reasons we are actively encouraging all PowerSellers to join PeSA and participate in our online discussion forum and regular conference calls with eBay executives."

In January, eBay announced numerous changes to the eBay marketplace and eBay management. PeSA has maintained an online archive of requested changes to the marketplace over the years and position papers can be found in the PeSA News section.

Numerous other companies have joined in their support of PeSA. In 2007 the following companies sponsored or spoke at a PeSA hosted eCommerce Summit: adMarketplace, Amazon, Australia Post,, Bear Stearns, BidPay, buySafe, Cantor Fitzgerald, ChannelAdvisor, Constant Contact, doba, eBay, Empryean Benefits Solutions, endicia, FedEx, Google, gowholesale, ScanAlert HackerSafe, Infopia, Ionic Media, MarketWorks, Monsoon, Network Solutions, Online Market World, OrderMotion, PayPal, Pivotal Payments,, SingleFeed,, uBid, uShip, United States Postal Service and Yahoo!

The New Orleans eCommerce Summit takes place April 22-24, 2008 with a Habitat for Humanity volunteer day taking place on April 25th. Registration is now open at
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- Jonathan Garriss, Executive Director and online merchant of shoes and posters.
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