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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 24 2017 21:22:41

Expect International Mail Delays Due to Heightened Security

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay warned users there could be delays of deliveries from the US to the UK through its the Global Shipping program due to increased security around the Manchester, UK area. 

The company was referring to the bombing incident in Manchester on the night of May 22nd, and eBay posted the announcement with the headline, "eBay Extends our Deepest Sympathy to All Those Affected by the Recent Bombing in Manchester." 

eBay said it would extend seller protections for US sellers involved in such transactions. "There are no actions you need to take; eBay will automatically apply the protections."

Royal Mail also issued two advisories - the ... Read More
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Tue May 23 2017 10:45:40

Amazon Goes After Etsy Sweet Spot: Brides and Grooms

By: Ina Steiner
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In 2015, Amazon launched a marketplace for handmade goods, and today, Amazon Handmade announced the launch of a special shop called the Handmade Wedding Shop, which "offers thousands of handcrafted items including wedding decor, invitations, gifts and jewelry."

The move comes as Etsy is facing some major challenges (including a management shakeup) and as it tests the loyalty of its shop owners by giving them an ultimatum: sign up for Etsy Payments, formerly called Direct Checkout, or take a hike. 

Etsy gave sellers until May 17th to sign up or else it would suspend their selling privileges:

"Because we want buyers to have a consistent ... Read More
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Sat May 20 2017 17:26:15

eBay Bucks Encourages Participants to Sell

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay is running a promotion through its eBay Bucks loyalty program - be sure to look at the details. Those invited to the promotion receive "8% in eBay Bucks on every Qualifying Purchase" - as we confirmed with some readers.

But eBay also offered a subset of participants a reward for selling. According to a site called DannyDealGuru.com:

"Users who purchase eligible items between 5:00AM PT on May 18, 2017 and 11:59PM PT on May 20, 2017 (the “Purchase Earn Period”) will earn the promotional offer.

"Users who list and sell eligible items between 5:00AM PT on May 18, 2017 and 11:59PM ... Read More
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Thu May 18 2017 19:35:39

eBay Jalopy Needs a Kick in the Fender

By: Bob
 
Selling on eBay can be like taking a ride in an old jalopy, according to online seller and AuctionBytes blogger Bob, a columnist who isn't afraid to write what many sellers are thinking.

eBay has so many glitches and kinks that selling on it is like driving a jalopy.

You get in and wiggle the key, hoping the damn thing will start up. If not, you have to get out and hard-kick the fender a few times. When it eventually starts, you step on the gas and hope it moves instead of stalling out. The wipers don't work so you have to try ... Read More
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Tue May 16 2017 22:34:03

USPS TV Commercial Features Online Retailers

By: Ina Steiner
 
The USPS began airing a new TV commercial on Monday featuring online retailers. The 30-second spot shows a mail carrier picking up packages at several businesses and delivering mail to customers - the narrator reads the following:

"This is a story about mail and packages. And it's also a story about people - people who rely on us every day to deliver their dreams. They're handing us more than mail. They're handing us their business. And while we make more ecommerce deliveries to homes than anyone else in the country, we never forget that your business is our business. ... Read More
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