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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.
Sun Jan 25 2015 21:30:42

Keeping Tabs on the East Coast Blizzard

By: Ina Steiner
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Snow storms are par for the course along the East Coast, especially here in New England. But the one that's set to hit Monday and Tuesday of this week sounds like a doozy that could literally shut down major cities including New York City.



For online sellers, the storm could be costly - with mail disruption and power outages likely.

Delivery delays and communication issues can also harm merchants' reputations and feedback.

If you've been impacted by severe weather events, how did it impact you, and what advice do you have for your colleagues? Should you shut off your listings immediately to avoid having orders ... Read More
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Fri Jan 23 2015 21:45:04

Amazon Disrupts Textbook Market

By: Ina Steiner
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Textbooks are a sweet-spot for some online booksellers, but Amazon continues to shake things up, particularly for publishers and college bookstores. The Boston Globe reported last week that Amazon is taking over textbook sales at UMass Amherst (University of Massachusetts).

"Starting next fall, students at the flagship Amherst campus will buy almost all textbooks from Amazon.com. The online retail giant has struck a deal with UMass to replace an on-campus textbook annex" run by Follett Corp. with a smaller Amazon distribution center."

"Those huge printed books that cost hundreds of dollars will soon be a thing of the past," commented ... Read More
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Mon Jan 19 2015 22:37:41

Another eBay Redirect Attack Leaves Sellers Vulnerable

By: Ina Steiner
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In September, we wrote about an eBay vulnerability known as a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. The attack drew the attention of the BBC after a powerseller showed how hackers had placed malicious Javascript code within product listing pages that redirected visitors to a spoof site in order to collect user names and passwords.

Today, an eBay user sent us a link to an eBay product listing page that was infected with a malicious embed. The listing was brought to his attention when a supposed buyer emailed him asking him to relist the item, even though it ... Read More
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Sat Jan 17 2015 11:35:51

Amazon Seller Outwits Competitors Repricing Strategies

By: Ina Steiner
 
Setting up automatic pricing changes on Amazon can be an effective strategy to help you win the Buy Box to stand out from the crowd. But other sellers can find it an annoying ploy as they find themselves undercut by merchants who are using these repricing techniques.

One Amazon bookseller exploited the repricing behavior of his rivals and ended up cornering the market on a title of a valuable book.

In this recent thread on the Amazon boards, the seller explained how he did it:

I'm a small seller and have a particular rather pricey and somewhat rare book for sale. Using bookfinder ... Read More
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Wed Jan 14 2015 21:37:01

Amazon Is the New eBay

By: Ina Steiner
 
The stories used to be about the importance of eBay as a sales channel for small merchants along with a description of the challenges of selling on the marketplace. But articles such as the one in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal (Sellers Need Amazon, but at What Cost?) show Amazon has become the new eBay.

The Wall Street Journal spoke to merchants who have a laundry list of the challenges of selling on Amazon:

- Amazon is not just a partner, it's a rival.

- A single change to Amazon's merchant policies or retail algorithm can have a crippling effect on sales.

- Smaller merchants can't ... Read More
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Wed Jan 14 2015 00:35:00

Etsy to Go Public Soon Says Bloomberg

By: Ina Steiner
 
Our little Etsy is growing up - so much so, that it is working on an IPO - meaning it will go public - according to Bloomberg. The wire service cited "people familiar with the matter."

The move is expected, and Bloomberg said an IPO could take place "as soon as this quarter."

Just weeks ago, Etsy named a former Wal-Mart director to its board, replacing entrepreneur Caterina Fake. And the company has been making changes to enable it to more easily grow revenue, such as the move to allow sellers to use manufacturing partners when making goods ... Read More
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Sun Jan 11 2015 21:15:07

How an Alibaba Acquisition of eBay Could Impact Sellers

By: Ina Steiner
 
As soon as eBay announced it would break up the company into two separate businesses - eBay and PayPal - analysts speculated whether eBay would try to sell the marketplaces business to China's Alibaba.

An analyst published a new post on Seeking Alpha discussing one of the reasons Alibaba would find it an attractive acquisition: ePacket, and linking to a 2011 EcommerceBytes article in which we explained the U.S. Postal Service had entered into a deal with eBay and China Post to help Chinese sellers send small packages to the U.S. in a much shorter ... Read More
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