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Got an e-mail this morning.
Here's the gist:

"eBay is making amazing changes to make the program better, starting 1/1/2017 you will earn only half as much eBay Bucks as before!!  YAY, good for you!!!"



Starting on January 1, 2017 some new eBay Bucks changes will be taking effect and we're excited to share them with you. We want to make sure you're always in the know as we continue to improve and expand the program. We think these latest changes will make Bucks even more flexible and beneficial for all of our loyalty members.
Here is a list of the upcoming changes and new benefits:
 
Base earnings are changing from 2% to 1%, now with more ways than ever to earn eBay Bucks.
From car parts to copiers & you can now earn rewards for shopping in the Parts & Accessories and Business & Industrial* categories.
Earn Bucks when you sell. We’ll be adding occasional promotions so you can also get rewarded when your items sell on eBay. **
No more $5 minimum earn restrictions for redeeming—now you'll receive your rewards, no matter the amount.†
Sign up for promotional emails and get invites for special bonus offers.

For full terms and conditions of the program, click here
Sincerely, 
The eBay Bucks team

 
http://pages.ebay.com/rewards/terms.html?_trkparms=clkid%3D52681... 

Here's the last eBay Bucks change thread that I recall: https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/arcmessageview.php?catid=52&threadid=1328350

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I can only speculate: This might mean higher portal CB will return/stay. They killed the bucks program for me when they excluded GC anyway. Maybe they'll cut seller fees a little too, which will help as well.

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It is better, for eBay! I will not hold my breadth that eBay will pass along the savings from the eBay bucks to the sellers by reducing fees. 

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Yes... Better....

Doctor: Unfortunately you have a terminal illness, but there is good news.
Patent: What's the good news? Is there a treatment?
Doctor: No, you will die. But this is better as you will only have to pay taxes for one more year.
Patent: You have a point there.

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eBay SUCKS!!!!

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It's better only for people who buy something less than $5 in ebucks with current program.

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anusha123 said:   It's better only for people who buy something less than $5 in ebucks with current program.
  
It wasn't a purchase restriction, i.e. people who bought something for <$5.
It was an earning restriction: if you earned <$5 in eBay bucks during the earning period you didn't get it, eBay kept it.
So yes, be happy if you typically earn $0-4.99 in eBay Bucks per period because now eBay will actually let you keep it vs keeping it themselves...
 

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"but less is more..."

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In the last few months, eBay has become almost of no use to me
No more Ebates on eBay giftcard purchases
The bonus no longer applies to buying giftcards
Then you cant use bucks to buy giftcards
Now take away half the normal bucks

Most of the reason I purchase on eBay was to get bonus bucks

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Since they killed off the GC gravy, I'll definitely be earning less than $5/quarter. Yay?

Now I have to decide if filtering through their "promotional emails" spam is worth the occasional extra bucks offers. Which I probably won't use anyway since they killed off the GC gravy.

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From a seller's perspective, I really wish there was a true competitor to eBay. Seller fees NEVER go down, and benefits are continously reduced in favor of attracting more buyers who abuse the system.

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Give me red, but I'm 100% for this change! I personally spend around $100 in that 3 month period. The 2% rewards is $2, which is below the $5 minimum. Once the change happens, yes that same $100 will only get me 1% ($1.00), but I'll actually get to use it instead of it doing nothing for me currently. Yes, I am sorry for those who spend much more than I do, but I remember when Bucks first started, there were no minimums than...

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icecube said:   
anusha123 said:   It's better only for people who buy something less than $5 in ebucks with current program.
  
It wasn't a purchase restriction, i.e. people who bought something for <$5.
It was an earning restriction: if you earned <$5 in eBay bucks during the earning period you didn't get it, eBay kept it.
So yes, be happy if you typically earn $0-4.99 in eBay Bucks per period because now eBay will actually let you keep it vs keeping it themselves...

  
True, but the $4.99 you couldn't keep will now get you $2.49 that you can keep.

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most of my eBay purchases are for car parts, so if they are now included, that's a positive.

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icecube said:   
anusha123 said:   It's better only for people who buy something less than $5 in ebucks with current program.
  
It wasn't a purchase restriction, i.e. people who bought something for <$5.
It was an earning restriction: if you earned <$5 in eBay bucks during the earning period you didn't get it, eBay kept it.
So yes, be happy if you typically earn $0-4.99 in eBay Bucks per period because now eBay will actually let you keep it vs keeping it themselves...

   With no roll overs and no gift card earn ebucks, my quarterly ebucks total will be less than 5 and i
can hold it now. So it's a positive move for me

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I don't spend nearly what I used to on eBay so this works out sort of as a plus for me. Instead of earning $2 to $3 but losing it, I will get to spend my $1 to $1.50.

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