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Mon Nov 20 2017 22:57:49

A Thanksgiving Warning to Online Sellers

By: Ina Steiner

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Friends don't let friends share IP addresses. Here's a reminder for online sellers as you prepare to travel or host friends and family for the holidays.

eBay sellers have reported incorrect account linking over the years that have resulted in account suspensions, and not surprisingly it has spread to other marketplaces. As you prepare to travel or host family and friends for Thanksgiving and the holidays, it's a problem you should become familiar with and remain on your guard.

In the last week we have heard from two sellers on Amazon and Etsy who say the marketplaces suspended their accounts because ... Read More

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Thu Nov 16 2017 10:20:06

Article Exposes the Challenges Online Sellers Face

By: Ina Steiner

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It's refreshing to see a publication tackle some of the challenges online sellers face. Will marketplaces like Etsy ever improve search and tackle knockoffs?

Racked has a good story about Etsy that addresses some concerns from sellers on the site. It's interesting to note that some of the issues raised in the following paragraph could also be said about eBay and other online marketplaces:

"Just search for an "octopus pendant" and you'll see the problem - the same product pops up again and again. While some have been altered, and thus arguably count as handmade, others are identical to what you can find for ... Read More

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Thu Nov 16 2017 09:25:44

Amazon Favors FBA over SFP to Ease Warehouse Strains?

By: Ina Steiner

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Is Amazon using a new tactic to ease holiday strains on its warehouses? That's the theory of sellers who are being disadvantaged in the Buy Box this week.

Amazon warehouses get full this time of year as sellers take advantage of the Fulfillment By Amazon program, which makes their items eligible for Prime's free, fast shipping for holiday shoppers. FBA is also the only way some sellers can list in the Toys and Games category during the holidays, adding to the inventory in Amazon fulfillment centers.

That's part of the reason Amazon created the Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP) program - it lets sellers ... Read More

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Wed Nov 15 2017 10:56:22

Amazon Security Requirement Backfires for Seller

By: Ina Steiner


Amazon is now requiring sellers to use two-step verification to keep their accounts secure, but for at least one seller, the mechanism for keeping their account safe backfired when it was used to trick them into revealing their bank account information. Things went terribly wrong when the seller received the following message in Seller Central:

You have received a message from buyer - Seller Central Notification
A buyer has sent you a message regarding an item on your store. Please remember that you should not honor any requests to ship an item or complete a transaction outside

Important Notification - Your Amazon Seller Account

To sell ... Read More

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Tue Nov 14 2017 10:34:51

Crafts Chainstore A.C. Moore Invests in Etsy Alternatives

By: Ina Steiner


Retailers continue to worry about the impact of online marketplaces on their sales, and the crafts industry is no different. The Philadelphia Inquirer said crafts chainstore A.C. Moore acquired Blitsy and invested in Zibbet. 

A.C. Moore executive Anthony Piperno told the newspaper the deals were completed last week, quoting him: "Both will facilitate and propel our business going forward, and are part of the growth trajectory for A.C. Moore ... to create the most dynamic platform throughout the arts-and-crafts do-it-yourself industry."

Chain Store Age reported A.C. Moore's parent company secured an exclusive partnership "as part of a major investment in handcraft marketplace Zibbet, a ... Read More

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