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Fri July 10 2020 09:10:33

Would You Use Etsy-Branded Shipping Tape?

By: Ina Steiner

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Etsy is offering free Etsy-branded shipping tape to sellers, though it appears to be a limited offer that the company began sending to sellers in late June.

"I was happy to receive an email from Etsy this morning," a seller wrote on the Etsy discussion boards. "It offered three free rolls of shipping tape printed with Etsy logos. I'm glad to see another way of putting the Etsy name out there."

Some sellers didn't receive the offer, and one seller said they had to enter "tape" in their email search-bar to find it, "But it was there. I'm ... Read More

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Wed July 8 2020 20:12:09

Amazon to Display Seller Names and Addresses in September

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon will begin displaying sellers' business name and address on their Amazon.com seller profile page, the company said on Wednesday. The new practice will go into effect on September 1, 2020.

Amazon said for individuals, it would display individuals' name and address.

An Amazon spokesperson provided EcommerceBytes with the following statement:

"Over the years, we have developed many ways for sellers to share more about their business, including through features like the seller profile pages, "Store" pages for brand owners, and Handmade "Maker Profile" pages. These features help customers learn more about sellers' businesses and their products. Beginning September 1, we ... Read More

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Fri July 3 2020 12:58:17

Etsy Lets Sellers Opt Out of Offsite Ads in July

By: Ina Steiner

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Etsy sellers are reporting they are able to opt out of Offsite Ads this month, but for a surprising reason: calls for a Facebook-advertising boycott called the "Stop hate for profit" campaign. 

It was more than a request for Etsy itself to stop its own advertising. Sellers began pressuring Etsy to stop charging them for ads it was running on Facebook on sellers' behalf. 

Stop hate for profit is a campaign started by organizations that say Facebook isn't doing enough to combat hate speech, conspiracy theories, and misinformation. The campaign organizers published a concrete list of recommended next steps for Facebook on the Read More

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Tue June 30 2020 17:00:01

PayPal Confirms: Bye Bye Bullion

By: Ina Steiner

 

A PayPal spokesperson confirmed that PayPal Seller Protection will no longer cover gold as a traded commodity - not in physical form, and not in exchange-traded form.

PayPal recently announced updates to its User Agreement, effective July 31. Sellers raised concerns in the comments section of our June 19th blog post covering the news. 

One seller pointed out, "PayPal is the only method of payment allowed for purchases of coins and bullion on eBay."

The PayPal spokesperson offered EcommerceBytes the following statement in response to our inquiry:

"PayPal Seller Protection will no longer cover gold as a traded commodity, whether in physical form ... Read More

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Mon June 29 2020 13:04:44

Google to Give Sellers Exposure in Search Results

By: Ina Steiner

 

Google surprised online sellers in April when it announced they would no longer have to pay to get exposure on Google Shopping. Today, the search giant announced it would give sellers free visibility on Google Search, as well.

"We're bringing free listings to the main Google Search results page in the U.S., helping shoppers choose the products and sellers that will serve them best, from the widest variety of options," Bill Ready wrote on the Google Shopping blog.

Initially, free listings on Google Search will appear in a product knowledge panel that shows buying options for a particular item. Currently buying options ... Read More

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