728_header.jpg (23748 bytes)
 Home 
 EB Blog 
 AB Blog 
 Letters 
 Podcasts 
 Forums 
 EPIS 
 Classifieds 
 EKG 
 Ratings 
AuctionBytes Blog
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.
Tue Apr 26 2016 15:21:16

eBay Ends Cross Promotion Tool, Expands Paid Ads

By: Ina Steiner
Sponsored Link
An eBay seller began noticing that some accessories he was promoting using eBay's cross promotions tool stopped selling this week. He went to check his settings and found the cross-promotions feature was gone.

He called eBay customer service, which told him eBay eliminated the feature, though the marketplace had made no such announcement to sellers.

The seller explained, "Sellers used to be able to cross-promote items by selecting store categories and linking them to display items when related merchandise was sold. For example, if you sold power cords for printers, you could select your power cord category and link it to ... Read More
Reading AuctionBytes Blog: eBay Ends Cross Promotion Tool, Expands Paid Ads
Comments (19) | Permalink
Mon Apr 25 2016 21:30:34

Amazon and eBay Use Data to Compete with Merchants

By: Ina Steiner
Sponsored Link
Online sellers are buzzing about an article in Bloomberg that reported Amazon is not only competing with merchants for sales, but is also competing with brands by coming out with its own private label offerings:

"Amazon is using insights gleaned from its vast Web store to build a private-label juggernaut that now includes more than 3,000 products - from women's blouses and men's khakis to fire pits and camera tripods. The strategy is a digital twist on one used for years by department stores and big-box chains to edge out middlemen and go direct to consumers - boosting loyalty and profits."

The article notes ... Read More
Reading AuctionBytes Blog: Amazon and eBay Use Data to Compete with Merchants
Comments (9) | Permalink
Sun Apr 24 2016 22:33:08

eBay Displays Higher Shipping Costs in Search Results

By: Ina Steiner
Sponsored Link
eBay is incorrectly displaying shipping costs in search results on some listings where sellers offer free shipping, a problem sellers say is scaring away shoppers from their listings. Sellers are experiencing the problem in the US and UK.

"Sales almost totally stopped on the few bestsellers where the postage of £10 was added in the search, yet when you click the item & go inside you see the postage is free, but not in general search," one UK seller noted.

You can read more about the problem in Monday's Newsflash article

As we note, eBay has been having several issues with the way ... Read More
Reading AuctionBytes Blog: eBay Displays Higher Shipping Costs in Search Results
Comments (16) | Permalink
Wed Apr 20 2016 21:30:10

eBay Has a PR Problem That's Not Going Away

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay has a public relations problem that may end up being as harmful as the 2014 revelation of its security breach. The source of the problem: The Counterfeit Report, a website backed by manufacturers that is determined to expose the problem of fakes for sale on online marketplaces. 

The Counterfeit Report continues to pound away at eBay's reputation. The latest shot is a press release published today titled, "Duped eBay Buyers Due Millions In Counterfeit Product Refunds," and it compares eBay's practices around counterfeit goods to the way Takata handled its airbag problem. The press release starts out:

"As a consumer, ... Read More
Reading AuctionBytes Blog: eBay Has a PR Problem That's Not Going Away
Comments (42) | Permalink
Mon Apr 18 2016 23:07:06

Etsy Sellers Concerned over Pattern Shop Uncertainty

By: Ina Steiner
 
Etsy sellers expressed concern on Monday that simply clicking to learn more about the company's new Pattern shop-hosting service was causing Etsy to launch a store for them.

In a thread on Monday titled, "oh no! Did I just inadvertently get a Pattern site?" a seller said Etsy began generating a site for her when she clicked on a link to learn more about the new service, launched on April 5th.

She and other sellers on the thread said they were unable to tell if they had an active Pattern shop or not. "How can I tell if in fact something has ... Read More
Reading AuctionBytes Blog: Etsy Sellers Concerned over Pattern Shop Uncertainty
Comments (32) | Permalink
Sat Apr 16 2016 13:47:35

Should Marketplaces Segregate Products from Abroad?

By: Ina Steiner
 
Should marketplaces make seller location more prominent so that shoppers are aware of possible delivery delays when buying items located outside of their country?

That's the topic of discussion on the Amazon boards. A reader sent me a link, writing, "Sellers are starting to make noise on the Amazon Seller forums about the unfair advantage foreign sellers have against American Sellers."

The sellers weren't bashing international sellers, but rather, pointing out that there were cases where a seller with a much longer delivery time could win the Buy Box for being just a few pennies cheaper than a domestic seller with much quicker delivery.

The original ... Read More
Reading AuctionBytes Blog: Should Marketplaces Segregate Products from Abroad?
Comments (22) | Permalink
Wed Apr 13 2016 21:22:32

Sellers Blame PayPal for Tax Problems

By: Ina Steiner
 
Sellers have been experiencing problems downloading transaction histories from PayPal for over a month, and some say it's causing headaches as they work on their income tax returns, which are due for US sellers on Monday.

The problem was reported on Ecommerce EKG today:

"For at least the past several weeks many PayPal users have been unable to download their transaction histories. It appears the problem started some time in February with delays and eventually it simply stopped working at all. This is a big issue for anyone trying to download 2015 transactions in order to timely file income tax returns."

Sellers began ... Read More
Reading AuctionBytes Blog: Sellers Blame PayPal for Tax Problems
Comments (17) | Permalink
Next Page


  Rate Services
  Amazon Fee Calculator
  eBay Fee Calculator
  Etsy Fee Calculator
  Auction Calendar
  Collectors' Links
  eBay Promo History
  Bookshelf
  Fraud Resources
  Drop-Off Store Laws
  Payment Holds
  Ecommerce Resources
  Photo Tips
  Marketing Inserts
  Yellow Pages
  Advertising
buyersmarket2aaa2.JPG (7729 bytes)
 AB Blog Recent Posts 
 EB Blog Recent Posts 
 EB Blog Recent Comments 


Subscribe in a reader



Archives



Powered by Perl Web Blog
© 2005/2016 Ranson's Scripts

0.11000 new server