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Covering auctions, collectibles and marketplace selling.

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 May 25 2016 21:13:32

Artisans Tell CNBC Amazon Is a Haven for Counterfeiters

By: Ina Steiner
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Sellers who work hard to create original designs to sell on sites like Etsy are finding counterfeits crop up on Amazon, and the problem finally caught the attention of a major publication, CNBC.

"Counterfeiters are selling low-quality knockoffs of other people's artwork," it quotes one seller, and it calls it a "virtual whack-a-mole that's punishing many small businesses."

Kenneth Corbin did a great piece on this problem for EcommerceBytes Newsflash in November, and EcommerceBytes Contributing Editor Greg Holden is tackling the issue from a slightly different perspective in the upcoming issue of the EcommerceBytes Update newsletter.

Ironically, Greg finds that the Merch By Amazon ... Read More
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Tue May 24 2016 13:07:29

Latest eBay Glitch Could Be Quite Costly - Check Your Listings

By: Ina Steiner
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Some sellers are reporting that eBay is placing someone else's email address in their PayPal payment information field. "Looks like it is time to recheck everything you upload now," an eBay seller wrote after reading reports of several strange glitches. 

We received an email on May 23rd from a seller who explained:

"Regarding the new one-page seller format: Every time I create a new listing, there is someone else's email address in the PayPal payment box. Also the item location is incorrect. It says "(redacted), Virginia". The email address is the same each time; (redacted) . This is not anyone I've ... Read More
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Mon May 23 2016 15:13:59

eBay Opens Registration for July Seller Conference

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay is hosting a conference for sellers in Las Vegas in July and began emailing invitations to users. The event will be held at the Venetian Hotel on July 26-29, 2016.

"Attend general sessions and a myriad of topical workshops for insights into eBay's long term strategy, updates on your eBay seller tools, and programs to grow your business. Learn how to streamline your customer service, create listings that sell, marketing tips and tricks, shipping programs, and MORE - all shared by eBay and other industry experts."

The cost: sellers will pay $199 to attend "eBay OPEN." (PayPal not accepted.)

Who should attend? ... Read More
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Sat May 21 2016 23:40:11

Etsy, Walmart Impacted by Debit-Card Bans

By: Ina Steiner
 
We've discovered that some small banks are banning debit-card transactions on purchases made in New York State, and it's impacting shoppers trying to purchase goods on Etsy, which is based in Brooklyn. Last fall, some banks put a similar ban on debit card transactions made at Walmart. 

Many people now use debit cards for their transactions, and they may not realize that they could encounter these types of problems. The issue was brought to our attention by a reader who pointed us to a thread on the Etsy boards. A shopper said she could not purchase items on Etsy using her ... Read More
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Thu May 19 2016 14:09:19

Alert - Amazon Makes Another Change to Fees This Week

By: Ina Steiner
 
Amazon only wants popular items that sell well taking up space in its FBA Fulfillment Centers, and on Thursday, it showed the same philosophy applies to its virtual shelves. Amazon sent a letter to sellers informing them of a change to its High-Volume Listing Fee.
Here is the crux of the change to the existing fee as explained in the Amazon email:

"Starting August 1, 2016, we will identify non-media ASINs where: (i) you have an active offer, (ii) the ASIN was created more than 12 months ago, and (iii) the ASIN has not had a sale from any seller ... Read More
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Tue May 17 2016 23:04:06

Used Goods: eBay vs. Amazon

By: Ina Steiner
 
When you think about shopping for used goods, eBay would likely come to mind before Amazon. But a recent discussions on the Amazon boards raised some interesting points about which was the better venue for selling used goods.

It seems to be the case that, at least for electronics such as cameras and camera gear, sellers are doing well selling used on Amazon. Note that Amazon does not allow the sale of used goods in certain categories, such as clothing.

The discussion began after sellers began having problems listing used electronics on Amazon beginning on Friday - specifically, used Sony and Nikon ... Read More
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Sun May 15 2016 21:06:48

Another Reason to Fear Amazon: Private Label Brands

By: Ina Steiner
 
Amazon is readying the launch of additional private label brands in new categories, including food, vitamins, diapers, and detergents, according to the Wall Street Journal, which said the company may limit sales of its brands to members of its Amazon Prime subscription program.

"Amazon's latest lineup is aimed at winning sales in niches with generally higher profit margins, as well as giving the Seattle retailer a potential edge in crafting new products ahead of its own vendors," the newspaper reported. 

Another advantage: "with Amazon's rich trove of data, it may better predict which products will sell well to its customers," it ... Read More
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