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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.
Fri Jan 20 2017 21:44:59

eBay's Response to Tech Issue Is Baffling

By: Ina Steiner
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We're heading into another weekend with eBay's technical issue worsening. It's a problem we wrote about on Sunday that messes up the formatting on the eBay site (some believe it is related to style sheets) and affects some functionality. Sellers who encounter the problem fear it is having a negative impact on sales.

It doesn't impact all users all of the time, but there are reports of it happening across all browsers and many configurations.  

"Since around November eBay has been off and on," a reader explained. "Several times a day I see nothing but "word salad"/code. It is inconsistent, sometimes I can't list, sometimes ... Read More
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Thu Jan 19 2017 21:04:47

eBay Acquiring Etsy Would Set off a Hornet's Nest

By: Ina Steiner
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What if eBay combined with Etsy in an attempt to take on Amazon.com, a Wall Street analyst pondered, according to this column in financial newspaper Barrons. The reaction from sellers to the idea was blunt and at times colorful.

James Cakmak of Monness Crespi Hardt wrote the report and said the core to Amazon's philosophy was expanding selection. But sellers discussing the column didn't seem keen on the idea of an eBay-Etsy tie-up. Right away, one seller said no one would be able to beat Amazon, regardless of a merger.

In a thread on the eBay boards titled, "A Growth Plan for eBay: Buy Etsy," ... Read More
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Tue Jan 17 2017 22:07:24

eBay Buyers Can Circumvent Blocked Bidder Lists

By: Marie
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eBay policy states, "You can't try to buy or bid on an item if you're on a seller's blocked bidder or buyer list," which is referred to as a BBL. There are many reasons a seller might add a user to a Blocked Bidder List, so readers may be surprised to learn eBay has a new way of dealing with users who circumvent the policy. Here's the lowdown from a longtime seller.

There have been some changes to how eBay applies a policy that may or may not affect you, but you should be aware of it. The subject is when you ... Read More
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Mon Jan 16 2017 09:59:23

Walgreens Aims to Thwart Porch-Package Thieves

By: Ina Steiner
 
Would you feel comfortable dropping off packages needing to be shipped at your local Walgreens? And would you feel okay about customers who wanted to receive their packages at their local drugstore for pickup instead of home-delivery?

Walgreens will begin offering FedEx dropoff and pickup at thousands of Walgreens locations nationwide as part of a new partnership.

"As part of the FedEx Onsite program, customers will be able to drop off pre-packaged and pre-labeled shipments at Walgreens stores and pick up packages that they direct to their neighborhood Walgreens.

"After an initial, small-scale rollout this spring, Walgreens and FedEx expect to have the program available ... Read More
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Sun Jan 15 2017 11:40:50

eBay Tech Glitches Spike over the Weekend

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay users have been having intermittent problems viewing the site over the weekend, as technical problems appear to be haunting the site with no mention of problems on the eBay Status board.

We experienced one of the problems ourselves on Saturday morning when viewing a listing and suspected it had something to do with the style sheets. This user reporting the problem on the eBay Technical Issues board had the same problem:

"I've been having problems also. It looks like the stylesheets aren't loading so all I get is a straight text layout. It makes it really ... Read More
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