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AuctionBytes Blog The AuctionBytes Blog has been giving a voice to online merchants since its launch in 2005. Named one of the world's top 30 blogs in 2008 by "Blogging Heroes." Weigh in with your thoughts on the joys and pitfalls of selling online.
Wed July 1 2015 21:58:56

eBay Retention Bonuses Go to Wrong Employees

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay's Board of Directors gave the company's highest level executives retention bonuses in order to keep them at their jobs until it splits later this month, but that may have been the wrong group of employees. The Wall Street Journal says eBay is bleeding tech talent.

Walmart hired at least 65 technology professionals recently as it battles with Amazon in the ecommerce space, specifically looking for help in open source software, data analytics, search and cloud, among other key areas.

The Wall Street Journal called eBay a "rich hunting ground" with employees motivated to leave after major layoffs in January and with the company ... Read More
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Mon June 29 2015 21:25:12

eBay's Catalog Off to a Rocky Start

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay is requiring sellers to include UPCs on listings in certain categories, and it began enforcing the policy today. But for some sellers, things didn't go smoothly.

eBay Marketplaces head Devin Wenig said in April the company was turning to a catalog approach after seeing Google's penalty last year continue to have a negative impact on growth. "We'll move toward becoming the world's first online global marketplace to use structured catalog data at scale for all listings." But there's a reason eBay has struggled with this for many years - it's difficult.

On Monday, there were reports from sellers that some ... Read More
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Sun June 28 2015 17:04:37

PayPal to Remain the Enforcer for eBay

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay and PayPal's breakup will be completed by July 17th, but that doesn't mean the cooperation between them is over. Thanks to operating agreements between the two companies, eBay will be penalized if the amount of sales processed by PayPal falls, giving it an incentive to keep PayPal a preferred payment method on the site. And PayPal will continue its role as enforcer when it comes to dealing with eBay users.

PayPal sent a letter to sellers today with the subject line, "PayPal services updates." It's a follow-up to a notice sent in May informing users of changes to PayPal's user ... Read More
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Thu June 25 2015 16:02:36

Amazon Backend Goes Down for Sellers

By: Ina Steiner
 
Amazon users are unable to access their selling accounts due to a Seller Central outage. Sellers reported the issue on Ecommerce EKG at 2:22 pm ET, and it remains down. Amazon spokesperson Erik Fairleigh confirmed to EcommerceBytes that Seller Central was temporarily down.


Some sellers initially panicked until they saw it was an outage affecting others because of the message it displayed when they tried to access their account. "I'm getting email address not associated to an account," one worried seller tweeted. "I hope to god this is a glitch," a seller wrote on a discussion board. 

"Glad I'm not the only one. I saw ... Read More
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Wed June 24 2015 16:07:35

Amazon TV Ad Reminiscent of eBay Commercials

By: Ina Steiner
 
Amazon is running an ad on television that features delivery drivers and drones and highlights there is more to its Prime membership service than free shipping. (See Thursday's Newsflash article.)

It's not surprising that Amazon chose to feature its Prime service in the ad - the company made clear its commitment to the service in April, when executives used the phrase, "feed the Prime platform."

And Prime is not just about free 2-day delivery - Amazon told Congress last week it's working on 30-minute delivery thanks to drones, which are featured in the commercial.


The Broadway-musical style is reminiscent of some of eBay's classic ... Read More
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Mon June 22 2015 21:23:36

eBay to Compensate Sellers for Last Week's Technical Problems

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay experienced some major technical issues last week, and we asked eBay in the U.S. and in the UK if they would be compensating sellers as a result.

eBay spokesperson Ryan Moore confirmed that the company would - however, he provided no details other than to say eBay was emailing sellers who were impacted. eBay UK spokespeople did not respond to our inquiry.

To recap, eBay's site malfunctioned on Thursday evening, leaving shoppers unable to search or make purchases on the site, and eBay experienced a problem that prevented some buyers from purchasing items on the UK marketplace.

For many ... Read More
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Fri June 19 2015 16:27:58

eBay Founder Off the Hook in Craigslist Lawsuit

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay founder Pierre Omidyar can breathe a sigh of relief. eBay announced today it sold its equity interest in Craigslist back to the classifieds site, and as part of the deal, all litigation between the two companies will be dismissed.

The case stems back to 2004 when eBay purchased almost a third of the classifieds website, but there was a clash of cultures, and the companies ended up suing each other. eBay filed a corporate governance lawsuit against Craigslist - we covered the Delaware trial in 2009. (Who won? See this AuctionBytes Blog post.) 

The following year, Craigslist added eBay ... Read More
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